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 Islands.


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100 Best Dishes and Drinks in Hawaii

 

Breakfast

Morning Glass pancakes

Mac 'n' cheese pancakes at Morning Glass.
PHOTO: MARTHA CHENG


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

Jidori egg yolk

Jidori egg yolk at Vintage Cave.
PHOTO: STEVE CZERNIAK


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

Carrot soup at Whole Ox Deli.
PHOTO: OLIVIER KONING


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

Feral burger

Feral burger at The Feral Pig.
Photo: Mike Coots


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 Hawai‘i Café

Taro burger at Village Burger

 

Vegetables and Salad

Casablanca carrots

Cumin-spiced carrots at Casablanca.
PHOTO: OLIVIER KONING


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 Waikīkī  

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

Saimin

Saimin at Monkeypod Kitchen.
Photo: Olivier Koning


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

Aburi battera

Aburi battera at Inaba.
PHOTO: RAE HUO


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

Chorizo

Chorizo and carnitas mulitas at Zaratez Mexicatessen.
Photo: Olivier Koning


​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

Arancino dessert

Monte bianco at Arancino at the Kahala.
Photo: Martha Cheng


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

Drawn and quartered cocktail

The Drawn and Quartered at Pint and Jigger.
PHOTO: RAE HUO


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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