Best Bites: Side Street Inn is a Pau Hana Institution

(Sponsored) Thick pan-fried pork chops, sizzling boneless kalbi and meaty fried rice are only half of Chef Colin’s Classics, a family-style pau hana feast for four (or more).



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Best Bites


Colin Nishida, the late chef and proprietor of Side Street Inn, will always be remembered for his generosity, his joie de vivre and of course the jovial atmosphere he created at his bars. To this day, Side Street Inn and Side Street Inn On Da Strip are testaments to Nishida’s legacy and just the sorta places we look forward to ending up after a long work week. Adding to his legacy is yet another Hale ‘Aina Gold award for best pau hana food.


Whether you’re a regular or it’s your first time to Side Street Inn, Chef Colin’s Classics menu is the way to go. This pau hana prix fixe includes heaping plates of Alae Salt Edamame, Pupukea Farmer’s Blend Salad, the Signature Fried Rice, Spicy Garlic Chicken, Sizzling Boneless Kalbi and Pan-fried Local Pork Chops for $120. They say it’s supposed to feed four, but there’s definitely enough for more. You can also order it online and pick it up curbside to enjoy at home.


Add in a pitcher of the Rogue Side Street Inn Ale and you’ve got yourself one of the best combos to kick back and ease into straight into the weekend.


Open Tuesday to Friday, 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday, 12 to 8 p.m., 1225 Hopaka St.; Open Monday to Friday, 4 to 9 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., 614 Kapahulu Ave., #100,