Author: Kelli Shiroma Braiotta

12th Ave Grill is now Kaimuki's new DeliCafe

12th Ave Grill, a Kaimuki institution for many, was closed through much of the pandemic. So it was news when it re-emerged recently with a new format, a new menu and for the first time, outdoor dining. Once I saw…

'Tis the season: The Christmas Bar is now open at Bloomingdale's

It's been quite a year and we could all use some extra holiday cheer. Right on cue, Tiki's Grill & Bar reopened The Christmas Bar Hawaii on Black Friday, but this time it's on the third floor of Bloomingdale's at Ala Moana Center. Photo: Kelli Shiroma BraiottaSee…

We found one-pound ribeye steak bowls in Waikiki

Taormina Sicilian Cuisine is known for its uni pasta, truffle carbonara and other high-end Italian fare. But what if I told you that it also sells a one-pound ribeye takeout bowl for $24.99?  Well, sort of. Taormina recently launched Savage…

50-plus dine-in and takeout menus for Thanksgiving 2020

How are you celebrating Thanksgiving this year? Whether you're headed to a restaurant or feasting at home, tons of options include everything from traditional feasts for one to whole-family options with the traditional turkey and the works, chicken meals, seafood,…

Pau hana at home with charcuterie boxed to-go

Meeting friends for a happy hour with wine and shared appetizers seems like such a distant pasttime. Thank goodness charcuterie to-go is actually a thing. Some of my favorite boards across the island are available for takeout, and in recent weeks, new charcuterie boards…

35 local sweet and savory treats for Halloween 2020

Who says we have only one day to celebrate Halloween? We're not just talking sweets — local businesses are making a whole gamut of spooky treats, including savory dishes and boo-zy cocktails. Some are only available the day or week…

Where to find lobster rolls in Honolulu

First there were blowout weekend specials at Earl Sandwich. Then Jolene's Market in Chinatown came out with one. And now, in the middle of a pandemic, lobster rolls are a micro trend in Honolulu. Here's the claw-some lineup.  12th Ave…

We found Japanese-style souffle pancakes at a ramen shop

Goma Tei Ramen's weekend breakfast at Kahala is back in action. Although it debuted in July, it's still intriguing, not only because it's a ramen shop with breakfast, but rather the menu of souffle pancakes, spicy pork belly bao and more. These are what get me out…

250+ Oahu restaurants are reopening for dine-in from Sept. 24

Not only are lockdown restrictions being eased starting tomorrow, we can eat out again, Oahu! That is resounding good news for eaters and restaurants islandwide that have been surviving on takeout orders for the last four weeks. Officially we'll be…