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100 Best Dishes and Drinks in Hawaii

From hole-in-the-wall eateries to multi-million-dollar restaurants, we’ve rounded up our favorite dishes and drinks around the Hawaii. Some are classics, others are new creations. Some are specials or seasonal, so you may need to call ahead if you have your heart set on them. Now what are you waiting for? It’s time to dig in.

BREAKFAST

Breakfast at Nakamoto Farm

Lychee streusel danish at Fendu Boulangerie

Mac 'n' cheese pancakes at
Morning Glass
 

Waffle at Liliha Bakery 

Yose dofu Japanese breakfast at Morimoto
 

SMALL PLATES

Banh hoi at Saigon Vietnamese Cuisine  

Beef tartare at Duc's Bistro

Carpaccio at Hilo Bay Cafe 

Chicken-fried local rabbit at
Salt Bar & Kitchen
 

Honeycomb and humboldt fog cheese at Baracuda 

Jidori egg yolk at Vintage Cave 

Nishime, tempura, and hijiki at Ichiban Okazuya

Pork belly bao at Roy's Waikiki 

Shoyu pork andagi at Off the Wall

Strawberry foie gras French toast at
Prima
 

The pretzel at Lighthouse Deli 

Washugyu tataki at Wada
 

SOUPS AND STEW

Carrot soup at Whole Ox Deli 

Chanko nabe with pirikara broth at Ichiriki

Doteyaki at Jinroku

Kalbi jjim at Sorabol

Luau stew at Heeia Kea Pier
General Store and Deli

Soon dubu at So Gong Dong

Tamarind soup at Thai Lao
 

SANDWICH AND PIZZA

Boquerones pizza at V Lounge 

Chicago dog at Hank's Haute Dogs

Classic pepperoni pie at J.J. Dolan's

Feral burger at The Feral Pig 

French dip banh mi at The Pig
and the Lady
 

Opakapaka fish sandwich at Paia Fish Market

Portabella stache'wich at Beet Box Cafe 

Prosciutto pizza at Beach Tree

Prosciutto e mascarpone pizza at Bernini  

Spanish panini at Hiking Hawaii Cafe

Taro burger at Village Burger
 

VEGETABLES AND SALAD

Blackened ahi nicoise salad at HASR Bistro

Chive jun at Ah-Lang, aka
Angry Korean Lady
  

Cumin-spiced carrots at Casablanca 

Hearts of palm pepperoncini at
Nobu Waikiki
 

Fried brussels sprouts salad at
Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop

Kale salad at Honu Seafood and Pizza

Mango salad at Bangkok Chef

Melanzane parmigiana at La Cucina Ristorante Italiana

Watercress and chicharones at Lucky Belly
 

PASTA, NOODLES AND RICE

Crab noodles at Opal Thai Food 

Crispy rice at Club Pattaya

Paitan ramen at Yotteko-Ya

Rice porridge and okazu buffet at Hakkei

Saimin at Monkeypod Kitchen  

Spicy sukiyaki beef udon at Yuzu

Stone pot rice lunch combo at Choi's Garden

Squid ink linguine at 12th Ave Grill

Vegi lasagna at Bruno's Forno

SEAFOOD

Ahi cakes at Dean's Drive Inn

Ahi tataki at Ethel's Grill 

Aburi battera at Inaba 

Chef's special sashimi at Mitch's Sushi

Fish souvlaki at Olive Tree Cafe

Fried poke at Sam Choy's Kai Lanai

Karei karaage at Izakaya Nonbei  

Kona kampachi sashimi tiradito at Amasia

Mochi-crusted ono from Wade Ueoka

Moriawase sashimi platter at Japengo

Onaga ratatouille at Chef Mavro

Otoro aburi at Sushi ii

Saba mirin at Rokkaku

Spicy negihama tartare at Sushi Izakaya Gaku

The raw bar at BLT Steak 
 

MEAT ENTREES

Banh xeo at Ngon Vietnamese Cuisine

Brisket at Holuakoa Cafe 

Brisket at The Fish & the Hog 

Chicken pot pie at Sweet Revenge Food Truck

Chile verde burrito grande at
Baja Style Mexican Food 

Chinois-style lamb chops at Spago

Chorizo and carnitas mulitas at
Zaratez Mexicatessen 

Cumin lamb at Hunan Cuisine 

Kalbi at Yakiniku Don Day

Lamb vindaloo at Chutney 

Pipikaula at Helena's Hawaiian Food 

Pork bowl at Your Kitchen

Thelma's special at Thelma's Filipino Restaurant 

Tonkatsu at Ginza Bairin
 

DESSERTS AND SWEETS

Coconut cake at Halekulani

Lilikoi brulee at Alan Wong's 

Lilikoi shave ice with snowcap and mochi
at Ululani's Shave Ice
 

Mango honey cream from OnoPops

Mochi ice cream at Bubbies 

Monte bianco at Arancino at the Kahala

Shave ice at Sweet Home Cafe 

Soprano at Moonstruck Patisserie 

Snow puffies at Paalaa Kai Bakery

Tarte tatin at Le Bistro

Thai basil panna cotta at Hoku's 
 

COCKTAILS AND DRINKS

Avocado smoothie at Thang's French
Coffee & Bubble Tea
 

Kombucha at Maui Kombucha

Mai thyme at Town

Plantation iced tea jelly drink at Palme d'Or

The Drawn and Quartered at Pint and Jigger  

The Paper Tiger at Manifest

White mountain porter at Big Island Brewhaus

 

 

 

 

 

 







 

 

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