Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Biting Commentary 

Dinner time. And that means one thing.


Do you want to try that okazuya in your neighborhood – the one you always drive by but have never been in? Or do you want to try takeout from that one pizza place that looks good – but what if it’s not? You don’t know anyone you could ask who’s eaten there.

You need a go-to source for insider foodie info just like this. Someone who’ll give you the unabashed truth, and show you photos of what they actually ate (and not well-lit, well-styled, photoshopped pics that look nothing like your own plate).

We know of a few. Feast your eyes on these food and restaurant blogs that cover the local scene.


Eatizen Jane
Blogger Lesa Griffith is a former features editor at the Honolulu Advertiser, and has written for Food + Wine magazine, Time Out New York, and Honolulu Weekly, but her byline is appearing on her new site (launched just last month) these days. Her posts include only a few photos – but her illustrative writing is just as revealing. At

The Tasty Island
From lunch trucks to cafeterias to holes-in-the-wall, Tasty Island finds some surprisingly delish sounding eats. The posts are heavy on big, crystal clear photos and comprehensive descriptions. In between the off-the-beaten-track finds, Tasty Island writes about locally made food products like Big Island-made One Ton Chips or unusual products like Spam Hot Dogs. At

Wow Grinds
Who’s got the best poke? Or pizza? Or burgers? Wow Grinds tells you. Wow – which stands for winnah of winnahs – compares one dish from dozens of restaurants in blind tastings, rates them all, and posts the full tabulated results. So whether you like extra onion or more ogo in your poke, you’ll know who makes it your way. At

Aku Eats
Tons of photos and exhaustive write-ups make this blog practically a database of local restaurants – some familiar and well-known, others strictly neighborhood spots. The descriptions tell the stories the photos can’t – like when the broth of the ramen at recently reviewed noodle shop was bland and tasteless. At

You’ll never wonder where to get a byte to eat again.

Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 in Permalink

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Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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