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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Late Night Eats in Honolulu

Late Night Eats in Honolulu

Crispy wonton at Fook Yuen.

Photo by: Sufiya Ismail

My nights start early, and end late—4 a.m. late. While the bars serve its last drinks, the club’s lights turn on, and the DJ spins the “Cupid Shuffle” in hopes that people will shuffle out the door; my friends and I are discussing food.

“I want breakfast,” says one friend.

“What about Wailana Coffee House? It’s 24 hours. Or, we can go to Ono Cheese Steaks across the street?” I ask.

Waikiki has the best cheese steak on Oahu at Ono Cheese Steak. There are 14 menu items, including the Philly bacon cheese steak, the Philly chicken and cheese, or the Philly chili cheese steak. Best of all, it's right on Kuhio Avenue, so there isn’t a need to drive.

“Nah. I feel like soup,” my friend interjects.

“Well, Fook Yuen has soup but they closed at 3 a.m. What about Mac 24/7? I could really eat their pancakes,” my other friend replies.

Mac 24/7 is the supreme ruler of late night eats in Waikiki. A sit-down restaurant, its menu makes every dish sound like a heart problem—or, will give you one. It’s known for its hubcap sized “Mac Daddy pancakes.” The idea of eating three, gigantic pancakes may seem fun to do at four in the morning, but trying to eat them is another ordeal—and, you will not succeed. A wiser option: the “Mac Attack” with its regular sized pancakes, eggs and meat. Or, tackle the ½-pound burger and the four “killer desserts,” like the devils food peanut butter cup.

“You know what, I can drive. Let’s go to Like Like Drive Inn instead. It’s cheaper,” I reply.

The food is cheaper at Like Like Drive Inn, though the quality is not the same as Mac 24/7. However, Like Like, a diner that has been around at least 50 years, offers a better local-style menu. Loco moco, fried rice, hamburger steak, sandwiches and breakfast dishes at fewer than seven dollars at four in the morning works for me.

We walk to the car in our sparkly club clothes, 5-inch heels in hand and we drive down Keeaumoku Street.

“Oh you know what? Sorabol is right up the street and they have good stew. Let’s go there, instead,” my friend says.

Everyone agrees.

Sorabol is busy and we have to wait a short time before being seated. The Korean menu couldn’t sound more delicious with choices of stir-fried chicken and vegetables, noodles with beef and the kim chee stew. We place our orders, and I look around at the other late night partiers, who are also fighting the bright lights with their eyes. We weren’t the only one’s thinking about food at four—now, almost five—in the morning. Let’s eat!


Want to continue the discussion? Here are some more late night spots to choose from.

Sanoya Rahmen, Japanese, 1785 S. King St., Honolulu, 947-6065, open until 2:30 a.m.

Liliha Bakery, baked goods and dinner menu, 515 N. Kuakini St., Kalihi, 531-1651, open 24 hours, closed Mondays.

Wailana Coffee House, American, 1860 Ala Moana Blvd., Waikiki, 955-1764, open 24 hours.

Fook Yuen Chinese Seafood Restaurant, Chinese, 1960 Kapiolani Blvd, McCully Shopping Center, 973-0168, open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 3 a.m.

V Lounge, Pizza, 1344 Kona St., Ala Moana, 953-0007, open Monday through Saturday 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. and Sunday from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Pizza is served until 4 a.m. or until dough runs out. No pizza on Sundays.

 Watch the video as we try a few late night spots!


Posted on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 in Permalink

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This Kamehameha Schools and UH graduate manages the website for HONOLULU. In her free time she researches Hawaiian genealogy, when she’s not out and about or taking care of her 5-year-old son. She blogs about Honolulu bars, Hawaii nightlife and entertainment.

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