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January 18, 2015

A French-style bakery for the senses

Since its opening in 2009, Fendu Boulangerie in Manoa Marketplace has become a favorite neighborhood bakery with many familiar faces stopping in daily for its fresh breads, sandwiches, desserts and more. Sitting outside during a recent visit, I caught myself taking a deep breath in every time the door opened, just to get a whiff…

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January 11, 2015

JJ Bistro expands its reach

JJ Bistro & French Pastry in Kaimuki is expanding near and far. Owner and chef JJ Luangkhot shares with Dining Out that three new locations are opening in Tokyo, Japan, this month, including one in the famous shopping district of Harajuku. In Japan, the restaurants will be called JJ Bistro & Hawaiian Dessert, and operated…

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January 4, 2015

A family serving families local-style, Japanese delights

Since its opening almost 80 years ago, generations of families have been dining at Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen near Kapahulu. Even restaurant operations are spearheaded by the third generation, with the grandchildren of founders Taisuke and Katsuko Sekiya running the popular local eatery. “We’re still using the same recipes from 80 years ago,” says general…

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December 28, 2014

L&L takes the Islands by storm

Since its opening in 1995, Windward City Shopping Center’s L&L Hawaiian Barbecue in Kaneohe has become a generational favorite for many families in the neighborhood, much like it is at other L&L locations throughout the state. “I’ve watched a lot of kids grow up,” says owner Jennifer Cheung. “When they were small, they would come…

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December 21, 2014

Ring in the New Year with Osechi

In celebration of the New Year, Sakura Terrace Japanese Cafe is offering a special Osechi menu, featuring an assortment of traditional foods eaten on New Year’s Day in Japan. Available for lunch and dinner from Jan. 1 to 7, the Osechi New Year’s Special costs $60 and serves two people. It includes assorted osechi appetizers…

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Rediscover Waikiki with a Chinese feast

Waikiki may be known as the tourist mecca of Oahu. But it’s also become “the” place to be when it comes to shopping and dining. With the opening of Urban Outfitters last week, H&M in March, and soon-to-come Saks Fifth Avenue, there are fewer reasons to leave the island. As for food, Waikiki welcomed world-renowned…

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Steaks that never go out of style

Last year, Ala Moana Hotel welcomed The Signature Prime Steak & Seafood to its 36th floor, the fine-dining landmark that once was home to Nicholas Nickolas and Aaron’s. Locally owned and operated by Peter Kim of Yummy Restaurant Group, The Signature Prime Steak & Seafood is a classic American steak house that specializes in aged…

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November 30, 2014

Japanese-inspired Chinese food

Ten years ago, Atsushi Fukuda moved to Hawaii from Japan to open a food concession in Shirokiya called Usagiya offering traditional and local-style bentos and okazu. The food booth has been very popular, but he really missed eating chukaya or Chinese food as it’s made in Japan, noting there weren’t any restaurants like that here…

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November 23, 2014

Bar food is grand at Brandy’s

For the past 28 years, Brandy’s Bar & Grill in Aiea has been a popular place to meet for a drink, play darts or pool, and watch sports games aired live on TV. The eatery also is known for its tasty food, including burgers, sandwiches, chicken wings and a long list of pupus. “It’s kind…

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November 16, 2014

Wailana brings the ‘wow’ factor

Since its opening almost 50 years ago, Wailana Coffee House continues to be a favorite for locals and visitors from around the world. Conveniently located on the corner of Ala Moana Boulevard and Ena Road, across from Hilton Hawaiian Village, the landmark, family-friendly eatery offers an extensive menu of local-style food and American classics, including…

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