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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Final cheap eats winner!

The finalists for this week's Cheap Eats Instagram contest (from left to right):

- Honey butter chicken and waffles ($8.95) at Pancakes and Waffles, photo by gka52569
- Soy soba salad ($9) at Peace Cafe, photo by nalushelly21
- Tonkatsu set ($11) at Menchanko-Tei, photo by techmangoz
- Tobiko calamari pasta lunch set ($10) at Arancino Ristorante Italiano, photo by meemers3

And the winner of two tickets to the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival's Cuisines of the Stars closing night event is…

meemers3 photo of the kamaaina lunch set at Arancino Ristorante. In truth, while it wasn't the prettiest of pictures, it captured the best deal we'd seen all week. For kamaaina, the entire lunch menu (with dishes like the tobiko calamari pasta or calzone) is around $10, which includes a choice of soup or salad.

For the runner up, gka52569's honey butter chicken and waffles photo, we're giving a $25 gift certificate to Tony Roma's.

For those who didn't win, you can still buy tickets for the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, and/or follow all the action in the Food & Wine Festival's app available for iPhone and Google Play.

Thanks everyone for sharing your cheap eats—you've given me new places to check out (Pancakes and Waffles tops my list) and already, Keeamoku Seafood is in my regular rotation of eats. And I have loved revisiting favorites (the Better Burger at Morning Glass, the lunch nabe at Ichiriki, Town's mussels). Thanks for proving that Honolulu is a great town for eating, even on a budget.

Our Cheap Eats Instagram map has been so popular as a dining resource, we're going to leave it up on the website for all of us to use. Feel free to continue adding to the map by adding the hashtag #hncheapeats to your Instagram photos.

Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 in Permalink

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From five-star restaurants to hidden holes-in-the-wall, Biting Commentary will let you know what’s hot and what’s not. Find out the latest restaurant news—who’s opening, who’s closing, which chef is moving on, where the great special dinners are. Discover the best menu items, fabulous wines, stunning cocktails, hand-crafted beers. Be the first to hear about upcoming food events and festivals.

Food editor Martha Cheng graduated from Wellesley College with degrees in Computer Science and English. She's a former line cook, food truck owner, Peace Corps volunteer and Google techie. Follow her on Twitter @marthacheng.


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