Restaurant Guide: Feed Your Needs
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IF YOU NEED:
To make the most of your birthday dinner.
It only comes around once a year—the opportunity to score a free dinner! Todai is the place to go not only because of its massive, 160-foot-long seafood buffet but because you’ll get a free birthday meal if you show ID and bring three guests with you. Help yourself to 40 different types of sushi, 15 hot entrées, and a made-to-order counter featuring teppanyaki, Japanese noodles, handrolls and crepes. So throw on your most elastic pair of pants and give in to your gluttonous side. Dinner hours are Monday through Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m., and Sunday 5 to 9 p.m. 1910 Ala Moana Blvd. 947-1000. www.todaiwaikiki.com.
IF YOU NEED:
Quality time with your pooch.
Maybe it’s the fur, maybe it’s the barking, maybe it’s just the image of an unruly canine. Whatever the reason, it is almost impossible to find a classy, comfortable restaurant that allows you to dine with your dog in tow.
That’s why so many dog-owners flock to Town, a Hale Aina Award-winning restaurant that brings you your meal, and your pup a bowl of water. Chef/owner Ed Kenney was inspired by the dog-friendly eateries in Europe and parts of the Mainland. “At Town we have sought to reproduce this ‘café culture,’” he says. “The outdoor patio is dog-friendly, complete with clips anchored to the wall for leashes and water bowls.”
Town serves up burgers, pastas and salads made with local and organic ingredients. Try the signature lemonade, made with parsley juice and perfect for a hot, summer day. Need something for your dog’s palate? “We are going to be working on a dog biscuit recipe soon,” assures Kenney. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. 3435 Waialae Ave. 735-5900. www.townkaimuki.com.
IF YOU NEED:
To bring the kids.
The Cool Cat Café knows that sometimes crayons and coloring books aren’t enough to keep children occupied.
That’s why they have a jukebox, hula hoops and an arcade with everything from pinball machines to Pac-Man. This popular burger joint is decked out in ’50s diner décor, complete with black-and-white tiled floors and booth seating. The menu has child-friendly classics such as burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, and an array of sodas and milk shakes. All of the burgers are made with Angus beef and served on fresh buns baked every morning.
Kids and adults alike will be amused by the creative burger names such as: “The Sh-Boom Burger,” boasting chili and four kinds of cheese; “The Jailhouse Rock,” served with sautéed mushrooms and Thousand Island dressing; and the “Don Ho,” topped with pineapple.
Not in a burger mood? Try the ribeye steak or fresh, locally caught fish. Vegetable lovers can chow down on salads. Hours are Monday through Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. 658 Front St. Lahaina. (808) 667-0908. www.coolcatcafe.com.
More Special Requests
Looking for Gluten-Free menus?
6650 Kalanianaole Highway
TRY: The 13-ounce rib-eye steak with salad. All of the salad dressings are gluten-free except for the Mustard Vinaigrette and Blue Cheese.
4211 Waialae Ave.
TRY: The Grilled Baby Back Ribs with honey barbecue sauce.
1288 Ala Moana Blvd.
TRY: The Cantonese Shrimp or the Singapore Street Noodles.
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