5 Favorite Places to Eat in Mānoa
If you don’t live in Mānoa, it’s easy to forget about. But once you’re there, it’s hard to leave.
Mānoa lacks the new restaurant buzz of neighborhoods like Kaimukī and Kaka‘ako, but who needs new when you’ve already got everything you need? Well, it has all I need: a café with an iced latte and a hamburger, a bakery for pain au chocolat, a chocolate shop with mochi truffles.
What more is there?
This neighborhood café draws even non-Mānoa residents with its impeccably executed coffee menu of pour-overs and espresso drinks. And to eat: a selection of baked goods (honey butter biscuit!), sandwiches (including the island’s best hamburger) and then some uncategorizables (mac ’n’ cheese pancakes!).
2955 E. Mānoa Road, 673-0065
A morning walk to Fendu for a pain au chocolat is the closest thing to feeling like I’m in Paris.
In Mānoa Marketplace, 988-4310
My walks to Mānoa Marketplace would take me right by Choco le’a, the chocolate truffle boutique; it was hard to resist picking up a box of mochi truffles for the walk home.
2909 Lowrey Ave., chocolea.com
These are simple sandwiches, the kind you wished your mom or grandma had waiting for you when you got home from school every day. I always order the avocado sandwich, piled high with sprouts and shredded carrots and sprinkled with Andy’s characteristic seasoning salt (which tastes a lot like Spike), between sliced bread.
2904 E. Mānoa Road, 988-6161, andyssandwiches.com
Bangkok Chef used to have a single location in Nu‘uanu, serving Thai food out of a garish-green garage. By comparison, the Mānoa restaurant feels fancy and huge—but the food is the same: heaping portions in takeout containers, even if you’re eating it there. My favorite is the pad ki mao, with extra noodles and extra veggies.
2955 E. Mānoa Road, 988-0212, bangkokchefexpress.com