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April 27, 2015

IYO-UDON

Cafeteria-style eating may sometimes be thought of as lacking in quality and freshness, but at Ala Moana’s Iyo Udon, the establishment is all about bringing the freshest and most tasty foods to diners daily. Choose from a handful of made-to-order udon options, and travel down the line picking out Japanese-inspired a la carte goodies, like…

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April 19, 2015

Takoyaki Yama-chan

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S SPECIAL: Regular Takoyaki ($4.50-$9.80) The sound of drums ring out as a display of colorfully round edibles cook on a hot iron griddle. Each savory pancake-like morsel is turned over in a split-second under fast and skilled hands — a treat for the eyes as well as the stomach….

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April 12, 2015

Cajun King

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Combination #1 ($48) The lobster makes its way from Boston into the combo meal, sitting atop a heaping pile of crawfish, or “mini lobsters,” as they often are called. Tucked away in Windward City Shopping Center, a seafood oasis awaits, serving diners with endless choices of the…

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April 5, 2015

Asian Mix

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Tofu Homestyle ($9.50 regular price, $6.95 special price available through April 11) Situated on the bottom floor of Safeway on South Beretania Street, Asian Mix offers a wide variety of Asian and local fare to diners, including Japanese-style bentos and ramen, Chinese-style roasted meats and Taiwanese-influenced milk…

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March 29, 2015

Genki Sushi

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Spicy Tempura Roll ($5) Claiming the top tier of kaiten-style sushi establishments, Genki Sushi continues to send the freshest and most tasty fare around the conveyor belt. The local eatery presents affordable options and efficient service, and patrons are given the freedom to create their entire meal,…

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March 23, 2015

New Eagle Cafe

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S SPECIAL: Stuffed Cabbage ($12.50, only offered on the Thursday Special menu) If you’re a New Eagle Cafe veteran, you may recall the renovations that took place in November 2013. As the Nimitz Highway eatery’s ceilings and booths sparkle with luster, the food remains timelessly delicious. Locals are familiar with…

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March 15, 2015

Royal Palace Chinese Restaurant

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Beef with Asparagus ($8.95) Royal Palace Chinese Restaurant in Stadium Mall is the place to be when in the mood for delicious Chinese fare. Owned and operated by Jinhe Wu, who also serves as chef, Royal Place gives patrons the option to choose from close to 200…

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March 8, 2015

Minamoto Kitchoan

A closer look at this week’s special: Usagisan ($24 for 10-piece set, $4.80 for 2 pieces) Through the glass doors hina-ningyo are on display at Minamoto Kitchoan in Ala Moana Center. The seven-tiered presentation is ladened with Japanese dolls and furniture in celebration of Girl’s Day. Aside from hina-ningyo, Minamoto Kitchoan celebrated Girls’ Day (March…

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March 1, 2015

Shiro’s Saimin Haven

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Bento A ($9.95) The road to Shiro’s Saimin Haven may be a little bumpy, but customers still are flocking to the veteran establishment in Waimalu, despite the nearby road work. Nothing will get in the way of patrons’ love for Shiro’s. Local families have been coming to…

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February 22, 2015

Big City Diner

LET’S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S SPECIAL: Hawaiian Island Fresh Fish, BCD Style ($14.99 lunch, $19.99 dinner) Speaking of fresh, the fish featured will be bought at the auction, ensuring that it is locally caught, and will vary according to what is available. Pictured is ahi, encrusted with furikake and seared to perfection….

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