Best of HONOLULU Family 2015: Eat
Our favorite places to eat as selected by HONOLULU Family editors and readers.
Best Kid-Friendly Cold-Pressed Juice
Photo: Karen DB Photography
[ Editors' Pick ]
Take cold-pressed organic fruit and vegetable juices, give the 12 blends fun names, and even veggie haters may take a sip. Even owner Tommy Oh’s vegetable-avoiding 7-year-old enjoys the drinks such as “Greatful,” which packs in eight ingredients including kale, cucumber, pineapple and fennel. Get to Jugo’s new storefront in Mō‘ili‘ili early to pick up the popular “Love” (watermelon, pineapple, strawberry, fennel and lemon) or, our favorite, “Happiness” (pineapple, apple, mint and lemon) before it sells out.
2463 S. King St., 679-8010, drinkjugolife.com
Best “Kids Eat Free” or Kids’ Deal
[ Readers’ Pick ]
Kids eat free every Monday and Tuesday night. That’s just one reason Gyotaku has been a Best of HONOLULU Family winner three years in a row. The Keiki Menu includes favorites such as chicken karaage, udon, tempura and sushi with shave ice or ice cream included, and a chance to pick a toy from the keiki prize basket.
Four locations: Honolulu, Kailua, Niu Valley, Pearl City, gyotakuhawaii.com
Best Mind- Blowing, One-Bowl, “Free” Dessert
[ Editors’ Pick ]
Sweet Home Café
Hot-pot spots give kids the fun of picking and cooking their own food in tasty broth. At Sweet Home Café, after you down bowl after bowl of chewy noodles, thin slices of meat and all the vegetables you can eat, a huge bowl suddenly appears at the table, full of shave ice topped with jellies, tapioca balls, panna cotta and other sweet surprises. Dig in!
2334 S. King St., 947-3707.
Best Breakfast Restaurant
Photo: David Croxford
[ Readers’ Pick ]
The family-favorite spot has been creating lines of hungry customers in Kailua for 30 years. Now families can also visit the Cinnamon’s at the Ilikai for their fill of guava chiffon and red velvet pancakes, crabcakes, eggs Benedict, eggs and more. Here is an added bonus: The Waikīkī Cinnamon’s offers a special menu of lunch, dinner and breakfast favorites until 9 p.m.
Two locations: Kailua and Waikiki, Cinnamons808.com
Best Place to Get a Sweet Treat
[ Readers’ Pick ]
Even adults are filled with childlike glee when faced with bin after bin of gummies, chocolates, lollipops and more. Locally owned Carousel Candyland opened its doors 26 years ago and now offers more than 500 types of candy and popcorn flavors for every taste as well as Icees, crack seed, a section of sugar-free sweets, shelves of fun candy toys and adorable stuffed animals.
Kahala Mall, 4211 Waialae Ave., 734-7799.
The Rest of the Best
[ Readers’ Picks ]
Best Ice Cream/Shave Ice Location
Waiola Shave Ice
Three locations: Kapahulu, Waikiki, Ward Warehouse, waiolashaveice.com
Best Family-Style Caterer
Tanioka’s Seafood & Catering
94-903 Farrington Highway, Waipahu, 671-3779, taniokas.com
Best Kid’s Menu
California Pizza Kitchen
Six locations: Ala Moana Shopping Center, Honolulu Airport, Kāhala Mall, Kailua, Pearlridge and Waikīkī, cpk.com
24 locations on Oahu, eat.pizzahuthawaii.com
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers
11 locations on Oahu, teddysbiggerburgers.com
Best Healthy Snack You Can Buy and Your Kids Will Love
25 locations on Oahu, jambajuicehawaii.com
Best Family-Friendly Takeout Item
Panda Express Orange Chicken
14 locations on Oahu, pandaexpress.com
Best Place to get a Birthday Cake
16 locations on Oahu, baskinrobbins.com
Best Local Food or Beverage Brand