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Best traditional Hawaiian food in the area AFAIK.
food Jimbo Restaurant   100
Consistently the best udon around. I've yet to find better in mainland U.S. or Japan. Nothing too fancy, very good value. If there's a line, write your name on the list on the door and have a seat on the bench outside.
food Fort Ruger Market   80
No frills plate lunch market with some benches and recycled tables outside. Best poke bowl I've had on island.
Best char siu manapua I've had so far. Not at all light, so be forewarned. You can easily pick up plenty of stuff here and not go wrong. And right across from Cindy's Lei and Flower Shop so if you are picking up leis you can bring back food also.
Tried this for restaurant week and the quality of the food is top notch, with service to match in enjoyable surroundings. Can completely recommend the smoked ahi bruchetta, caesar salad, grilled pork chop, and Jidori chicken breast. All top quality ingredients, great flavor combinations and perfect preparation. The flourless chocolate cake is very good. Hard to believe it is flourless. In addition to the food, the cocktails are seriously worth trying. Absolutely not too sweet, they range from refreshing to bordering intense. This is quite an accomplishment, but really: the pineapple express is not sweet and the oaxaca cherry is not to be trifled with. Hope to experience more in the future.
food Hau Tree Lanai   90
Moderately innovative and extremely well executed food served on the lanai under a 200 year old tree right on the beach. Can't really beat that. The chef is doing an excellent job not freaking anyone out, while not tasting like anything else around. Totally enjoyable. Good place. If you want to be on the edge right by the beach, you are going to have to be pretty explicit and insistent, but it turns out that being more under the tree is actually pretty great also, and it is slightly removed from the beach traffic. Good sunset place, but surprisingly not the greatest view due to the same trees that make it really neat. The function room is relatively small but looks like it could be a great option if it's a fit. Soft shell crab salad completely rocks if they have it. The duck appetizer is sweet but some of the best duck I've had. The mushroom appetizer absolutely kicks, as does the seafood trio. The gazpacho is more pepper oriented than tomato oriented, and definitely worth checking out. Not cheap, but a decent value. The suggested Angeline pinot noir paired quite well.
food Fendu Boulangerie   100
Best bread I've found on Oahu. The pastry is also very good, but the bread is worth the trip.
food Doraku Sushi   70
Best to reserve one of the balcony tables or street side booths a day or so in advance, but there was room at the bar and other spots when we just dropped in. They have delicious non-farmed salmon. They have local fish that is extremely good. The shaved hamachi is truly exceptional. Definitely would go back pretty much whenever.
If you want a burger, this is your destination. Pretty much every configuration you could possibly want or imagine, and then some. Not a light meal.
food Waiola Shave Ice   100
The best shave ice on the planet. If you've never been here before, get lilikoi cream on top. It's not cream, more syrup with seeds in it. Flavor and texture will let you die happy.
Fresh malasadas are just something you have to have every once in a while...
If you want real local food. This the place. Not every day, but every once in a while you just gotta have it.
Masterful use of local ingredients. Simply must be experienced. This is my top favorite special occasion place.
I still kind of prefer the original location just because it was a tradition for a while, but the branch is keeping up with the quality that made this the restaurant where the chefs go after work. And the good news is there is less chance of having to wait for someone famous to finish their dinner before you can start yours. My favorites are the lilikoi ribs and the farmer's salad, both of which are just perfect.
food Jimbo Restaurant   100
My favorite noodle place. Nabeyaki udon and tsukemono. If there's a line, write your name on the door and hang out. Wholesome food that's not too heavy.
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