Dining

Big Island Restaurants in Waimea

In Big Island’s little Waimea, it’s a short distance from farm (or ranch) to table.

Vegan & Tasty: Peace Cafe, S. King St., Honolulu

People are always asking me for vegan options. Here's one where the food's good enough to eat even if you're not vegan.

New Shrimp Truck in Town: Bluewater Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood, Ward Center

Shrimp truck in the middle of town! Blue Water Shrimp and Seafood opens a truck at Ward Center.

Eat This Now: Bacon Doughnut Dessert, Morimoto

Bacon doughnut and bacon ice cream, not to mention tobacco cream and whiskey gelee. It's called Breakfast of Champions, but it's an off-the-menu dessert at Morimoto Waikiki.

New Italian Restaurant: Bernini Honolulu

On a side street near Ala Moana Center is a new Italian restaurant, from a focused Japanese chef. Wait till you taste the pizza.

New Downtown Bento: Umami Cafe

It bills itself as a Japanese coffee bar. Really, the new Umami Cafe is downtown Honolulu's fanciest bento parlor. Great prices, good bentos.

Izakayas in Honolulu

To me, an izakaya is the perfect restaurant concept.

Dumpling Heaven: Jin Din Rou, Honolulu

It's new, it's stylish and it's Honolulu's home for Xiao Long Bao, Shanghai Soup Dumplings. At Jin Din Rou, they even come with instructions.

Who Knew? Zippy's, Home of Local Beef

Zippy's has become a major supporter of the local beef industry, using more than 24,000 pounds of grass-fed Hawaii beef a month in burgers alone.

A Feast for the Eyes

Here’s how two unique and pleasant Honolulu restaurants provide a context for their menus.

Old Favorite: Cafe Sistina, Honolulu

We dropped by Cafe Sistina, where we hadn't eaten in some time. Still good after all these years. Italian food, Honolulu.

With Aloha: Plenty food and $150,000 for Japanese hospital

With Aloha Japan fundraiser was a smash success, food from 24 restaurants, bars, bands, and best: $150,000 for Japan.

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