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November 10, 2013

Okazuya Boasts Oh-So-Comforting Classics

There’s a certain warmth that accompanies a visit to an okazuya, or Japanese deli. It comes from the uncomplicated flavors that epitomize “home style” cooking. If you grew up in Hawaii, each selection and bite transports you back to some nostalgic memory. For 20 years, Mitsu-Ken Okazu & Catering has served local okazu (Japanese side…

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September 22, 2013

Mitsu-Ken Okazu and Catering

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: BRAISED BBQ SHORT RIBS ($8.75) Here in the Islands, Mitsu-Ken Okazu & Catering is the go-to hot spot for bentos, combination plates and catering platters. The magic began in December 1992 in a small hole-in-the-wall eatery on North School Street. Today, the restaurant has expanded to a…

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July 28, 2013

Mitsu-Ken Okazu & Catering

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at your favorite restaurant? Well, much credit goes to the many chefs, owners and managers who work diligently day in and day out to make sure Hawaii’s diners have a top-notch dining experience. This week, Dining Out gets the inside scoops from Mitsu-Ken’s manager Sherri Kaneshiro, who…

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June 30, 2013

This Time, Think Inside the Box

Did you know the clinical term for “funny bone” is the olecranon? Random factoids aside: make no bones about it, Mitsu-Ken Okazu & Catering’s following is anything but trivial. If the line of restaurant fanatics and their rave reviews don’t convince you, then try the food yourself. As a one-stop box with an assortment of…

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May 19, 2013

Craving a Bite of the Chicken That’s “Just Right”

It’s 4:30 a.m., are you already standing in line for Mitsu-Ken? Do you have their phone number programmed in your cell phone and call them more than your mother? Is Mitsu-ken your first stop after landing home from the airport? Did you freeze a stockpile of garlic chicken to take to college? If you answered…

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April 14, 2013

An Amazing Journey, A Lasting Legacy

It all started back in December 1992 in a small hole-in-the-wall eatery on North School Street with savory morsels of garlic chicken cooking in a wok and a simple breakfast special, which nearly 20 years later catapulted Mitsu-Ken Okazu & Catering to the thriving local hot spot it is today. Best described by long-time patrons…

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February 3, 2013

Shouting Praises for Garlic Chicken

If you haven’t been to Mitsu-Ken, you’ve been to Mitsu-Ken. By that I mean the long-time Kalihi okazu is like others of the same style, no tables, street-front ordering, good prices and long lines. At least the good ones have long lines, and Mitsu-Ken can have some very long lines. Brad Kaneshiro opened Mitsu-Ken 20…

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January 6, 2013

Mitsu-Ken Meets All Expectations

Nothing says “yum” more than the delicious grinds found at Mitsu-Ken Okazu & Catering. Journey to the heart of Kalihi and you’ll find this local-style eatery on North School Street. Renowned for its selection of bentos, combination plates and catering platters, Mitsu-Ken is your one-stop shop when yearning for a taste of Hawaii. Open Tuesday…

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December 2, 2012

In the Mood for Mitsu-Ken

Few things in life are as comforting as the foods you grew up with. For the past 20 years, generations of locals have adored Mitsu-Ken Okazu & Catering. Neither the tiny hole-in-the-wall size of the eatery, nor the sometimes challenging quest to find parking near School Street have deterred patrons from making it a mainstay…

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November 4, 2012

Mitsu-Ken Continues to Serve Up Local Favorites

For nearly 20 years, Mitsu-Ken Okazu & Catering has satisfied customers that flock from around the corner and around the island to enjoy the Kalihi eatery’s selection of bentos, combination plates and catering platters. From the ever-popular breakfast offerings that make for ideal grab-and-go meals, to its iconic Garlic Chicken, Mitsu-Ken continues to serve multiple…

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