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August 24, 2014

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: MAMA’S TRIO ($21) Romano’s Macaroni Grill in Ala Moana Center’s Hookipa Terrace knows a thing or two about Italian cuisine. We’re talkin’ authentic Italian eats — that hearty, rustic goodness — straight from mama’s kitchen. To achieve such immaculate fare, chefs simply rely on the freshest ingredients…

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August 17, 2014

Fresco Italian Restaurant

Take a closer look at this week’s house special: Cacciucco di Mare ($39.95) Fresco Italian Restaurant gives patrons the opportunity to bask in the bountiful flavors of Italy without having to travel across the globe. Situated within Hilton Hawaiian Village in the heart of Waikiki, Fresco pays it forward with uniquely local nuances paired with…

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August 10, 2014

Blue Water Shrimp and Seafood

Take a closer look at this week’s house special: Double Combo with Furikake Ahi and Salmon with Dill Butter ($14.95) Blue Water Shrimp and Seafood offers quite a catch with its made-to-order, island-style plate lunches with a gourmet twist. Earlier this year, this former food truck relocated to a spot in Ala Moana Center’s Makai…

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August 3, 2014

The Mandalay

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Shanghai Dumpling ($3.95 regular, $1 Saturday-Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. through August) It’s lunchtime, and The Mandalay on Alakea Street is packed with patrons conversing over authentic Cantonese fare within a clean and spacious atmosphere. The comprehensive menu is filled with tried and true favorites,…

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July 27, 2014

Hy’s Steak House

For the purist carnivores, Hy’s Steak House is an elite destination of choice, made famous for its mouthwatering, award-winning selection of USDA prime beef and kiawe-broiled steaks. Situated within Waikiki Park Heights Hotel, the restaurant traces its roots back to the 1960s, when the original establishment opened in Calgary, Canada. It wasn’t until about a…

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Happy Days Chinese Restaurant

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: CHICKEN CHOP SUEY ($10) There are many reasons to smile at Happy Days Chinese Restaurant in Kaimuki. Renowned for its Hong Kong-style cuisine and friendly service, this award-winning establishment takes home the prize for its assortment of dishes and ever-popular dim sum selection. Restaurant owner Lisa…

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July 6, 2014

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: WOLFGANG’S EGGS BENEDICT ($13.95) Since 2009, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse has made its presence known in Waikiki, as internationally-known restaurateur Wolfgang Zwiener sets high standards for the establishment, in regards to cuisine, customer service and, of course, the overall dining experience. Kamaaina and visitors alike have created lasting memories…

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June 29, 2014

Asahi Grill

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: ADOBO FRIED RICE ($8.75) Asahi Grill on Ward Avenue offers island-style grinds at your fingertips. We’re talkin’ local favorites done right! The majority of the restaurant staff have worked for the eatery for years, and the chefs have perfected the recipes down to a T. Restaurant manager…

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Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant

Take a look at this week’s house special: Fukin Tofu ($7.95) With its low prices and constant presence in the community for more than a decade, Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant is a legend in Hawaii’s dining scene. Located in the heart of Chinatown on North King Street, the restaurant has garnered a reputation, receiving high…

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June 15, 2014

Makino Chaya

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: MADE-TO-ORDER DINNER BUFFET SELECTIONS (MONDAY-THURSDAY, $27.98; FRIDAY-SUNDAY, $29.98) Let’s be real: Access to an all-you-can-eat buffet can be an amazing experience, and when you add a reasonable price to the equation, all can suddenly seem right in the world. Makino Chaya in Aiea’s Westridge Shopping Center leads…

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