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People’s Cafe

‘Summer’s Thanksgiving’ Calls for Pipikaula

The onset of summer (just two weeks away, mind you) means hotter temps, sun-kissed tans, memorable vacations or staycations (for those lucky ones!) and any excuse to throw a social gathering centered around food, food, food … and more food. So, who’s down for a fun-filled beach barbecue? I affectionately deem this full-on feast “Summer’s…

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May 18, 2014

A food culture of its own

People’s Cafe on Pali Highway (near Longs Drugs and Safeway) has always been known for its simple, tasty Hawaiian food. But when co-owner Tomas Ventura took over the restaurant in 2004, the restaurant also became popular for its Filipino fare, which he’s added to the menu along with other local favorites and a breakfast menu….

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April 13, 2014

Local-style Fare for the People

People’s Cafe is the No. 1 choice for those who enjoy simple, homemade local-style grub. Trust me, bring this restaurant’s takeout to work and see what happens. It’s demolished in no time. If you plan to embark on this culinary adventure, People’s Cafe has a plethora of combo dishes that are great for sharing. Take…

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March 16, 2014

Cooked By the People for the People

Simply put, People’s Cafe is dedicated to its customers. “I can’t remember the last time I took a vacation or even had a day off,” says Thomas Ventura, co-owner and chef of People’s Cafe. Under normal circumstances, such a statement might evoke feelings of resentment or sympathy, but for Ventura, it warrants bragging rights. That…

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February 16, 2014

These Lau Laus Bring Bundles of Joy

If there’s one thing the owners of People’s Cafe are adamant about, it’s that everything they serve is made right in their kitchen. “We don’t buy it from Costco,” explains co-owner Conrad Valdriz. Save for the poi and some condiments, you can thank chef and other co-owner Tomas Ventura for making the Hawaii classics and…

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January 19, 2014

Local Grinds Bring People Together

Eighty years is a long time, especially in the food industry. Yet, People’s Cafe in downtown Honolulu continues to succeed because it does what its generation of customers have come to expect — fresh homemade food that is big in portion and low on price. Owners Thomas Ventura and Conrad Valdriz took over the restaurant…

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December 15, 2013

Giving the People What They Want

Over the past few years, Oahu has seen a number of restaurants come and go throughout the island, initially opening with such pomp and circumstance only to quickly fall off the radar under the pressures of a competitive business market. In the transient, ever-changing scene that is the culinary world, local favorite People’s Cafe offers…

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November 17, 2013

People’s Cafe

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: SHORT RIBS SPECIAL ($12.50) with Serena Valdez For nearly 80 years, People’s Cafe has been serving delicious local Hawaiian and Filipino dishes in downtown Honolulu. It may be easy to overlook when driving down Pali Highway, but it is a restaurant you’ll want to notice. The atmosphere…

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October 20, 2013

People’s Cafe

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 scoop from People’s Cafe chef and owner…

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A Food Trip With Tripe

Tripe may be hard to stomach for some, as it is the stomach lining of an animal’s belly, after all, but sometimes we have to avert from our squeamish ways and take it all in full throttle. Beef tripe is the name of the game this week, and believe me, here at the following Ono,…

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