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Best new eats at Waikiki Yokocho

A few months ago, we put up a guide to upcoming Waikiki Yokocho eats and gradually the 16 restaurants in Waikiki’s biggest Japanese food cornucopia opened their doors to a hungry public. Well, the last five spots are now open, and it was worth…

Luxe on a stick: Yakitori Hachibei Chinatown

When Japanese chain Yakitori Glad shuttered its doors on Kapahulu in December, sad were its loyal patrons, myself included, who flocked there for the $3.90 grilled chicken skewer plates and izakaya dishes. Well, just like a hydra who grows two…

Our Top 5: Her cheap plate lunches

Editor’s note: On the theory that ladies and gents have different plate lunch preferences, we asked two plate lunch lovers to weigh in. Our criteria? Delicious, generous plates that cost $9 or less. Only local-style plates were considered: Korean, Chinese…

Our Top 5: His cheap plate lunches

Editor’s note: On the theory that ladies and gents have different plate lunch preferences, we asked two plate lunch lovers to weigh in. Our criteria? Delicious, generous plates that cost $9 or less. Only local-style plates were considered: Korean, Chinese…

Hidden gem: Bev Mart

I’ve passed this corner store at Kapiolani and Date Street hundreds, if not thousands of times, and always wrote it off as another neighborhood spot selling green bottles, cigarettes and boiled peanuts. Then Michael Watanabe, a good friend and beer…

Guide to Ala Moana’s new Ewa wing eats

Ala Moana Center’s new Ewa wing is set to finally open on Thursday. Along with Hawaii’s first Bloomingdale’s, 25 other shops are opening up, including seven where you can stop in for a bite or bevvy. Here’s the lowdown on…

Our hood: Liliha

Our hood is a series spotlighting the neighborhoods the Frolic team calls home. Up first: favorite foods of Mari Taketa’s Liliha. Here’s my hood, Liliha. It’s an old, evolving hood that runs mauka-makai along Liliha Street just above Chinatown. At…

Something new: Kountry Style Kitchen

Kountry Style Kitchen in Ewa Beach is the sister restaurant to the Kauai icon Kountry Kitchen in Kapaa, which opened its doors in 1975. There’s a new brunch spot… not in town, but in Ewa Beach. What’s unique about this…

Hidden gem: Honolulu Kitchen

Summer has officially started, the kids are out of school, traffic is better and it’s the time of the year for potlucks, bbqs and parties. We pulled up to Honolulu Kitchen in Waipahu near Tanioka’s on Farrington Highway after hearing…

Hidden gem: Mr. Donut’s & Bakery

A few weeks ago fellow Frolicker Eric Baranda shared a hidden gem in downtown Honolulu with cheap donuts the size of your face. That’s how I found myself inside Mr. Donut’s & Bakery at 9 p.m. last week, dreading the…

Where real Chinese eat Chinese food

I’m going to confess: This roundup has been three years in the making. Chinese people can be a pain in the ass when you’re trying to get an opinion on Chinese food. There’s no loyalty with the chefs, so they’re…

Our Top 5: Manapua

Editor's note: Our Top 5: Manapua is one of our all-time most-viewed posts. We'll update it when things get back to normal, but in the meantime yes, we know Libby's has closed. Oh, how times have changed. Several years ago,…

Good-bye, Kelvin Shimazu

Editor's note: Kendall continues his dad's legacy at Shimazu, which has expanded to an outpost at Hawaii's Favorite Kitchens at Rainbow Drive-In, 3111 Castle St., Kapahulu. Your favorite flavors were strawberry and grape, because they took you back to small-kid time,…