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2013 Hale Aina Awards: When to eat where

Our readers named the best restaurants in the Islands. To help you navigate the wealth of great dining, we lead you through a year-long itinerary of Hale Aina eating: when to eat where.


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Ginseng chicken soup at Sorabol.

Photo by David Croxford

When winter, or as close to winter as we get in Hawaii, hits, cozy up to yakiniku and warming bowls of soup and stews at Sorabol (Best Korean, gold). Find comfort in soon dubu chi-ke, a spicy, soft tofu pot stew with clams, or take a cue from Korean cab drivers who come after their night shifts, rejuvenating over haejang gook, also known as hangover soup, a thick, spicy beef-based broth packed with veggies, clear noodles and egg. In the thick of flu season and holiday stress, take in the ginseng chicken soup, which arrives at the table still simmering—the smell of garlic, red dates and ginseng providing restorative aromatherapy.

And once again, it’s New Year’s Eve. Toast the year past and the year to come (and a new round of Hale Aina winners!) in The Study (Best Cocktail, silver), hidden behind a rotating bookshelf in The Modern. You won’t find books here, but, instead, cocktails named after classics, such as The Scarlet Letter or Wuthering Heights, a blend of spiced rum and orange curacao. Drink here and hope you make out better in the new year than the wretched protagonists of those novels.

Step behind the bookcase at The Modern into The Study.


See the full list of winners.

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