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April 9, 2017


A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: ($13.99) WITH BLUE HAWAIIAN LONG ISLAND ICED TEA ($9.29, MUCHO SIZE) Applebee’s remains a household name around the world, with top-notch American cuisine propelling its stellar reputation ever forward. And after what seems like a long time coming, the established dining chain has finally planted roots in…

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April 2, 2017

Seoul Garden Yakiniku

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: DINNER GARDEN BUFFET ($25.95 for adults, $16.95 for kids 8-14; all-you-can-eat for parties of 10 or more) Diners will be happy to hear that the original management at beloved yakiniku joint Seoul Garden Yakiniku has returned. Along with the changes, the Kapiolani Boulevard eatery — best known…

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March 26, 2017

Umami-ya Shabu Shabu

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: SUKIYAKI FIVE-COURSE DINNER SET WITH USD A PRIME RIB EYE ($3 9) There are moments when you sink your teeth into something so delicious that you’re almost at a loss for words. It’s during these times that you conjure up words such as sweet, salty, bitter and…

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March 12, 2017

Sweet Home Cafe

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: HEALTHY HERB AND HOUSE SPECIAL BROTHS with an assortment of meat, vegetables, noodles and seafood (broths are $8.95 each; sides are priced individually) There’s something magical and heart-warmingly communal about hovering around bubbling broths that fill the air with smells of exotic herbs and delicious seasonings. The…

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March 5, 2017

House of Wong Restaurant

The rounded exterior of House of Wong Restaurant is just one unique and memorable facet of the Kapahulu Chinese eatery. There’s also the expansive dining area, capable of hosting exclusive parties (up to 100 guests) and large family dinners, and the neatly arranged pastel green napkins that adorn each table. Most unforgettable, however, would have…

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February 26, 2017

TR Fire Grill

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: WONUTS ($10) If you’ve traveled to Waikiki lately, a few things might look unfamiliar to you. With the exquisite and bustling International Market Place (IMP) now open, as well as various shops and eateries popping up alongside Kalakaua and Kuhio avenues, the once mostly tourist destination now…

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February 19, 2017

Kozo Sushi

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Udon Salad ($6.60) The gastronomic blessing that is sushi, which originated in the eighth century in Japan, has evolved into something completely different today. The once exclusive delicacy of raw fish and rice now comes in many forms and is accessible to everyone. Sushi is served on…

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February 12, 2017

Canton Seafood Restaurant

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Fried Fish with Sweet Vinegar & Onion ($12.99 special, $18.99 regular) Coming up to its sixth anniversary, Canton Seafood Restaurant off Keeaumoku Street is celebrating in its usual giving way — with tons of entree specials and discounted prices. When you’re in the Cantonese-style eatery, you’re home,…

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February 5, 2017

Mimi’s Place

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Jalea De Mariscos ($20 personal, $28 family-style) It’s perfectly normal to instantly feel like family at Mimi’s Place. As soon as you walk into the music-filled, fiery red-accented establishment, you’re greeted with friendly personalities and an uplifting atmosphere. You may even want to start dancing on the…

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January 29, 2017

Minamoto Kitchoan

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Grace Dew and Grace Dew Chocolate (prices vary) Resembling the dew that forms overnight on plant life, Minamoto Kitchoan’s Grace Dew jellies offer delicately juicy bites of fruit-shaped confections, made from Mother Nature’s best. And while these irresistible sweets are at the top of most patrons’ lists,…

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