Author: Jason Chin

How to pair Girl Scout cookies with beer

I’m sure most people would agree that when it comes to Girl Scout cookies, the first beverage they think of isn’t beer. But with Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos and Samoas landing in the Islands this past weekend, now's a good time…

KaSnack attack! Are Zippy's meaty kouign amann worth a stop?

What? Zippy’s released two savory new kouign amann on Tuesday and the burning question on my mind was this: Does a mashup between the sweet, flaky pastry and breakfast meats even work? The new flavors are bacon and cheese or…

Kailua's new taqueria serves up Hawaii's best Mexican food

Update: Prices have come down since this post was published shortly after the restaurant opened. Prices below are current as of August 2020. I hope you’re sitting down because I think I just found the best Mexican food in Hawaii. Whenever…

Kuhio Grille's 1-pound lau lau is now in Kaimuki

No visit to Hilo is complete without a stop at Kuhio Grille. Just outside Prince Kuhio Plaza, they're known best for their one-pound lau lau and fried rice. It's been many years since I've been there but I remember the…

Dear Hanagasa Inn, so glad you're back

Dear Hanagasa Inn, When I heard that you were closing a while ago, it broke my heart. Over on the edge of Chinatown, you were a great neighborhood bar with tasty Okinawan food. You were a part of our lives.…

Senyu Sushi has a new home in Moiliili

When you have a conveyor-belt sushi budget but dream of sushi like Jiro's, life can be hard. While Honolulu’s explosion of high-end sushi has raised the bar, these places are out of reach even for many sushi fans used to…

Waioli Grill and Cafe brings solid izakaya fare to Kapahulu

Kapahulu has always been a treasure trove of great restaurants, and Waioli Grill and Cafe is no exception. No burgers or loco mocos here: Waioli brings a bright and creative twist to Japanese fare. The restaurant occupies the old Wada…

Tutu-style comfort dishes at Highway Inn

There’s nothing like Grandma’s cooking. Whether it was Christmas feasts or a simple bowl of chicken soup, we all have memories of the family dishes we grew up eating. That's the idea behind Tutu's Kitchen at Highway Inn Kakaako, a…

Where to find jin dui on Oahu

Jin dui, jian dui, ma tuan or sesame balls – whatever you call them, they're beloved not only in China but around the world. Made from mochi rice and filled with coconut, red bean, sesame paste or char siu, they puff up when fried, resulting…

Chinese food flavor bombs and faves at King Restaurant & Bar

Most of us in Hawaii are familiar with Cantonese flavors, but in recent years new expats and immigrants from China have brought flavors from Taiwan, Shanghai, Sichuan and more. The menu at the new King Restaurant & Bar is a broader and…

All these new Maikai snacks at Foodland: Here's our review

Dear Foodland, We like how you feature local products and tastes. Your poke bars rock, likewise Foodland Farms, and lately we notice you've been rolling out a bunch of new snacks under your own Maikai brand. So we called some…

New year, new self-serve craft beer in Kakaako

Off the Wall Hawaii opened in Kakaako last week with local beers, a small selection of wines and a self-pour feature that lets you sip as much or as little as you want. Located in Ward Village’s South Shore Market,…