Best of Honolulu 2014: Food
The 32 editorial and reader picks for tastiest food from our Best of Honolulu 2014 issue.
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Best Pour-Over Coffee
The single-cup pour-over method—the slow, low-tech way of brewing a cup of joe—has popped up as an option in coffee houses all over Oahu. At Beach Bum Cafe, Honolulu’s only “microbrew coffee house,” the pour-over isn’t an option, it’s the rule. “It’s simply the best way to prepare coffee,” says owner Dennis McQuoid. Beach Bum offers coffee varieties from all over Hawaii, and its knowledgeable baristas can talk at length about any of them.
Beach Bum Cafe, 1088 Bishop St., ground floor; 521-6699, beachbumcafe.com
Best Mai Tai
We asked cocktail scholar Randy Wong to help us find the best mai tai in Honolulu, using Trader Vic’s original 1944 recipe as the benchmark. Tiki’s Grill & Bar has a 1944 mai tai, but Wong found it wanting. “The right profile, but insanely sweet,” he said. Both Bevy and Salt have 1944 mai tais, too, and Wong found these to be complex, well-balanced cocktails. He liked them equally well. “Can’t they both be the best?” he asked. No, they can’t. Forced to break the tie, we drank up. We also liked them equally well, but we gave Salt’s an extra point for its grimacing tiki mug. Wong pointed out that Trader Vic did not serve his mai tai in a tiki mug. We’ll overlook that. We like a grownup drink in a cartoonish glass. And so, by a hair, Salt Bar & Kitchen’s 1944 mai tai takes it.
Salt Bar & Kitchen’s 1944 mai tai, 3605 Waialae Ave., 744-7567, salthonolulu.com
Best Eggs Benedict
Eggs Benedict are the rock stars of the breakfast and brunch world—all hedonism and artistic flair. Consider us groupies—we had to find the best. After soliciting a short list of well-reviewed favorites, we partied our way through town. What we decided, through the haze of the ensuing kanack attack, was this: Forget tradition. Longhi’s elevates eggs Benedict to a whole new level with its lobster variation: a fresh-baked baguette topped with Maine lobster and big, round egg yolks with fluffy whites, cloaked in a light hollandaise sauce. The lobster is tender, not chewy, the eggs poached to the perfect degree of doneness, and all the distinct flavors blend together in evenly balanced bites—no shortage of lobster here. It’s a bit pricier ($23) than your average Benedict, but when it comes to a rock-star breakfast, there’s no contest.
Longhi’s lobster Benedict, Ala Moana Center, 947-9899, longhis.com