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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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July 5, 2015

A deep-sea world of magnificent flavors

Since opening in 1979, Oceanarium Restaurant in Pacific Beach Hotel has served nearly 15 million pounds of crab legs and serviced 535 million guests, according to general manager Franklin Nagamine. But it’s not just the tasty crustaceans that make this iconic Waikiki restaurant so popular. From the incredible wrap-around, floor-to-ceiling aquarium inside, to its flavorful…

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June 28, 2015

Enjoying plate lunch for less than a dollar

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue is again offering its 76-cent plate lunch promotion June 30 from 10 a.m. to noon at its Keeaumoku location (inside Walmart). This is L&L’s 10th year doing this, which is a way for them to give back to the community, as all of the proceeds from this event will be donated to…

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June 21, 2015

Offering all you can imagine in an all-you-can-eat buffet

Since opening in 2005, Makino Chaya in Aiea continues to be a local favorite for its all-you-can-eat buffet, featuring an endless selection of tasty Japanese and American foods, seafood and local dishes. Among the most popular items are, of course, steamed Snow Crab (available during dinner and weekend lunch), Shrimp Tempura and Miso Butterfish. There…

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