Chuggy’s Corner

Hidden gem: Sistah Truck

Kimchee fried rice burritos, bibimbap bowls and wagyu mushroom cheeseburgers? Taxpayers of Hawaii, take heart: All this is parked just outside the state Department of Taxation on Punchbowl Street, courtesy of Eunju Jo and Mila Bang. Friends since middle school…

Awesome eats on Tuesday: MW Restaurant

Honolulu’s award-winning MW Restaurant is coming to downtown next Tuesday for a special Awesome eats lunchtime pop-up benefiting the Friends of the Missing Child Center-Hawaii. Chefs Michelle Karr-Ueoka and Wade Ueoka have crafted a special brown bag lunch of a…

Awesome eats this Thursday: Breadshop

Bread lovers, this one’s for you. This week’s Awesome eats downtown lunchtime pop-up brings you the artisan creations of Kaimuki’s soon-to-open Breadshop. All photos provided by Breadshop HNL Christopher Sy is the only breadmaker in Honolulu whose name adds cachet…

Something new: Brick Fire Tavern

There’s always room for pizza. Name any street in any city of this world, and I’m pretty sure there’s room for more pizza. That includes Hotel Street, where in between JJ Dolan’s and Bar 35, a new Neapolitan pizza shop…

Droolworthy: Poi mochi donuts

You may have seen these delectable little gems popping up on your Instagram feed in the iconic shape of pon de ring from Mister Donut in Japan. Liliha Bakery quietly added the poi mochi donut to their bakery case in…

Something new: Boa Sushi Cafe

It started with an Instagram feed that one of my coworkers flashed in front of my eyes. Heavenly-looking pics of spicy tuna bowls, sushi rolls and platters from Boa Sushi Cafe gave me a new fixation: I had to find…

Something new: Koa Cafe

A new brunch cafe opened a couple weeks ago in Moiliili between Glazer’s Coffee and Sushi King. Koa Cafe is owned by Juno Chung, whose parents founded the local Koa Pancake House chain. Juno’s now taken over operations of both…

Kakaako has a Village Bottle Shop & Tasting Room

Over 400 craft beers including very limited releases and highly allocated bottles usually available through beer clubs. When we introduced Tim Golden and Daryn Ogino’s Village Bottle Shop & Tasting Room back in January, it was a concept: A craft…

Something new: Over Easy

Brunch in Kailua, the nexus of the island’s brunch-iverse, is about to get even better. Over Easy, a new restaurant focusing on fresh local fare by a pair of Alan Wong alums, opens today on Kuulei Road by McDonald’s. The…

Pokemon Go quickstart guide

The much anticipated Pokemon Go just released to both iPhone and Android users today — and we’re already level 7. Here’s the ultimate guide to getting you started and on your way to becoming a Pokemon Master. iOS download (iTunes…

Sneak peek: Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Five Guys Burgers and Fries is opening their first Hawaii restaurant in Mililani this Tuesday, June 28. This is momentous, at least to me. I love Five Guys. It’s more than just another burger spot, it’s an experience that starts…

Hidden gem: Upscale Hawaii Food Truck

Upscale Hawaii’s garlic ribeye plate ($20). Cooked to a perfect medium rare, the 12 tender ounces cut easily with the plastic cutlery that comes with. A while ago my Instagram feed started showing big, juicy steaks, lobster tails and garlic…

Something new: Juic’d Life

A new cold-pressed juice shop opens Monday at Kakaako’s Salt complex, just across from Hank’s Haute Dogs and just in time for the long, warm days of summer. That means free samples of Juic’d Life’s organic juices and 10 percent…

Something new: Izakaya Kei

There’s a new izakaya in the Pearl Kai Shopping Center down the street from Pearlridge Center. Open since April 28, Izakaya Kei is a welcome addition since the closure of Off the Wall in the same spot. You’ll find izakaya…

Oahu craft beer roundup

A few years ago, Oahu’s locally brewed beer scene was pretty much limited to Aloha Beer Company on Nimitz Highway. Luckily for beer aficionados, a small wave of home brewers-turned-entrepreneurs have since opened craft breweries across the island and started…