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September 20, 2015

Feast on local favorites, enter to win trip to Vegas

Dora Higa of Moanalua Valley won a free trip for two to Las Vegas, simply by dining at one of her favorite restaurants — Pagoda Floating Restaurant & Catering in Honolulu. A longtime customer of the landmark restaurant, she recalls many fond memories of the place, including attending countless baby showers, weddings, birthday parties, Christmas…

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September 13, 2015

Mac 24/7 debuts new eats

Mac 24/7 in Waikiki has updated its menu with seven new dishes that are unique, tasty and fit perfectly within its culinary genre of gourmet comfort food. On the breakfast menu, there’s a Southern classic, Housemade Biscuits and Gravy ($15), but with a local twist. This time, executive chef James Aptakin took his country gravy…

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September 6, 2015

Supermarket stocked with ‘J-products’ attracts locals

One of my favorite things about Japan is the food — whether at a restaurant or from a supermarket. So, I was excited to learn about a new Japanese grocery store in Honolulu. J-Shop opened about a year ago in the Makiki area (1513 Young St., between Keeaumoku and Punahou streets), offering a variety of…

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August 30, 2015

A value-packed buffet awaits you down by the sea

Since opening in May, Crab House Makino has been drawing crowds to Waikiki to experience the great value offered in its All You Can Eat buffet. The spacious restaurant features separate food stations, including a main buffet line, a sushi and poke bar, ramen and udon counter, tempura bar, salad bar, dessert area and more….

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August 25, 2015

Prime pupus for your steak dinner

It’s no secret that Ruth’s Chris Steak House serves the finest USDA Prime steaks and fresh seafood, complemented with an award-winning wine list. But the renowned restaurant also has impressive appetizers and side dishes, including some that are on the “lighter” side. Chef’s Poke ($12) — which is not on the menu but is an…

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August 18, 2015

This shop’s a real crowd-pleaser

People usually can gauge if a restaurant is good by its lines and crowd. One of my favorite casual eateries is Asian Mix, where there’s a steady traffic of customers moving in and out of the restaurant every time I’m there. Owner Daniel Leung admits to being busy, including at its tea counter where you…

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August 2, 2015

80-year-old eatery still watching families grow

It sure has been a hot summer so far. So, if you’re looking for a light and refreshing meal, Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen offers a variety of options to help cool you down. General manager Lynn Ky recommends chilled Hiyashi Somen ($9.45) and cold Zaru Soba ($9.45). “Both are cold dishes, and very popular,” she…

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July 26, 2015

Three courses of true Italian flavor

Experience a taste of Italy in the heart of Waikiki at Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar. Conveniently located on the first floor of Royal Hawaiian Center, Il Lupino has become a favorite for visitors and locals seeking authentic Italian cuisine. Created by famed restaurateur Wolfgang Zwiener and his son Peter Zwiener, the restaurant was…

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July 19, 2015

Award-winning menu continues to gain recognition

Named one of the hottest restaurants in Hawaii by Zagat, Chef Chai offers exquisite Asian fusion cuisine in an elegant, modern and contemporary setting. From the stylish interior and exterior designs to the quality food and service, owner and chef Chai Chaowasaree tends to every detail of his restaurant, assuring a truly exceptional dining experience…

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Cooling off with cold noodle creations, more

It sure has been a hot summer so far. One way to beat the heat is with cool, refreshing dishes, such as Golden Cold Noodle ($6.50) at Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant in Chinatown (which, thankfully, also has air conditioning). Inspired by the season’s sweltering weather, this new dish was created by manager Gary Lam and…

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