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At press time, India Cafe’s newest location in Kailua—situated between Bookends and Times—was scheduled to open in March. Expect the same flavorful plate lunch dishes as its other four Oahu locations, such as the chicken curry and lamb masala, plus vegan options like the creamy spinach tofu korma. A tandoori oven will also be installed, which means fresh breads like naan, and specialty dishes like tandoori shrimp kabobs. Want something hot? Items can be spiced according to your taste buds, but if you welcome a good brow sweat, opt for the spicy eggplant. “We saute a mix of fresh red and green chili peppers, and a chili powder spice” says owner and chef Jiva Segaran. “It’s what’s inside of the seeds that makes the mixture hot.” Entertainment is not provided, but you will get a Bollywood fix, since an indoor flat screen loops new flicks. 600 Kailua Rd., Suite 129, 262-1800, indiacafehawaii.com.
In February, Kailua’s California Pizza Kitchen ASAP (to-go location) converted to a traditional, sit-down restaurant, with 45 tables and a handful of seats at the bar. Better for eating pizza, my dear. 609 Kailua Road; 263-2480
Boots & Kimo’s
Boots & Kimo’s Homestyle Kitchen moved to new, larger location in November of last year. Not to worry, the menu is still the same, as is its famous—and secret—macadamia nut pancake sauce. 151 Hekili Street; 263-7929
By the fall of 2011, construction of the new 32,000-square foot Whole Foods Market should be complete. The “Phase 3” project, as its being called by Kaneohe Ranch, is situated at the corner of Kailua Road and Hinano Way, and will also include 8,000 square feet of retail space.
San Lorenzo moved into its new Kailua location this past March, aptly placing it closer to the beach. Here, you can shop for bikinis, clothing, and accessories, perfect for a Windward side jaunt. 130 Kailua Road; 262-3211