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A brunch spot that lives up to the hype

I have to admit, before I even arrived at Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop in downtown Honolulu, my expectations already were high. Since opening last July, the hole-in-the-wall eatery has created quite a buzz around town. So, I was really excited to finally try this new restaurant created by local chef Brian Chan. From the…

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May 10, 2015

Go gluten-free, island style

When it comes to dining in Hawaii, there’s nothing better than an evening of tasty Island cuisine in a casual, elegant setting on world-famous Waikiki beach. At Ocean House in the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, you get all of that and more. “You get the view, the food and the service — the best…

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May 6, 2015

Dishing out plate lunch goodness

Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant introduces a new take-out menu with four different lunch plates at its Kaneohe location this week. Making the menu shine are Ahi Poke Plate ($9.55), Ichiriki Beef Plate ($9), Ichiriki Chicken Plate ($9) and Avocado Maguro Plate ($9). “All of these plates are based off of our appetizers,” notes assistant manager…

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April 27, 2015

A modern spin on Japanese fare

Since opening February 28, Rijo Restaurant at Harbor Court (in the former Palomino space) continues to grow in popularity, especially with the Downtown business crowd during lunch. The spacious restaurant overlooking Honolulu Harbor serves contemporary Japanese cuisine created by chef Yoichi Saito. “It’s more modern. We’re taking Japanese flavors and putting a twist to it,”…

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April 19, 2015

Exquisite works of edible art

In my opinion (and I think most people would agree), the Japanese have mastered the art of presentation. But it’s not just the packaging that’s impressive, it’s also the quality of the actual product. Let’s face it: If it’s made in Japan, you know it’s going to be good. Thankfully, you don’t have to leave…

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April 12, 2015

Home-cooking just like Mom used to make

One sign that you’re at a good restaurant is the crowd. At Mama-Ya in Downtown Honolulu, which just opened March 16, the line is continuously out the door. But don’t worry, it moves fast. “Business has been booming since day one,” says manager Dan Kobayashi. “Our mission is to be the No. 1 bento place…

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April 5, 2015

Breakfast is best all day, every day

Since 1974, late risers and breakfast lovers have counted on Eggs ‘n Things to feed their breakfast cravings — not just in the morning, but throughout the day and night, too. A few years ago, the iconic Waikiki eatery expanded to Ala Moana and added more items to its menu, including some that are exclusive…

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March 29, 2015

A pizza pie, that’s amore

For nearly two decades, Kaimuki’s Boston Pizza has been luring customers in with its hand-stretched, traditional Italian-American-style pizza. “Our whole focus is on the product,” says owner Shawn Rubert, noting that the landmark Kaimuki eatery celebrates 20 years next year. “We make sure we have the original dough, and the dough is one of the…

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March 23, 2015

Let them eat cake

One of my favorite parts of any holiday is the fun, decorated treats and desserts. But why wait for a special occasion? Sometimes you just need to fill those sweet cravings no matter what day of the year it is. At Cake Works, customers will drool over col-orful French macarons ($2 each) available daily in…

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Don’t worry, be Happy

There’s no doubt that good food paired with great service equals a happy customer. Well, that’s exactly what Happy Days Chinese Seafood Restaurant in Kaimuki delivers. Conveniently located at the corner of Waialae and 11th avenues, Happy Days opened for business in August 2001 and has since become a landmark neighborhood Chinese Restaurant. Serving authentic…

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