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“Ala Cart” night at Vino

I’ve never been to State Bird Provisions in San Francisco, but Vino Italian Tapas chef Keith Endo has, and says it’s a creatively-themed, always-changing menu of little plates with a long waiting list of diners. Vino, with its regulars, doesn’t…

The lineup: Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

This year’s Hawaii Food & Wine Festival lineup was announced Tuesday morning at a press conference at the Hawaii State Capitol, with several participating chefs and sponsors in attendance. The weeklong event, scheduled for Aug. 29 to Sept. 7, continues…

Did this: A Pig’s Head Feast

The Pig and the Lady is rolling out a new group dining experience called Primal Cuts Series. Leveraging its relationship with Shinsato Farms, the restaurant processes whole hogs for use on a weekly basis. The cuts available are shank, belly,…

Preview: bills Sydney

I got to meet Bill Granger at his new restaurant yesterday. I had never heard of bill’s Sydney (yes, with the lower case “b”) until I got wind of it opening its first Hawaii branch this month, but for foodies…

New eats: Izakaya Torae Torae

It’s taken us a while to get a post up about the new izakaya run by Hide Yoshimoto, the popular sushi chef from Doraku. When we first went, pre-opening, the dishes and the service was still being tweaked, so it…

We’re on it

Meatball ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 40 First you choose your meatball, then your topping, then your starch (or greens). At Meatball, it's all about the ... what else? Six different kinds (beef, chicken, veg, etc.) can be…

New(ish) eats: Nabeya Maido

Is there room for another nabe/hotpot spot in town? There are several, just in a five-mile radius in metro Honolulu. The latest is Nabeya Maido in Market City Shopping Center, which opened in December. I wouldn’t normally go, but radio…

First look: W Bistro at 1010

First look: W Bistro ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 10 This space, the old Le Guignol space in the medical building at Victoria and King streets: W Bistro at 1010 opened here in late January. The theme is…

New eats: Tsurumen ramen

I don’t usually go to places as soon as they open and post a review right away, but so many people saw my instagram yesterday and asked about the new place on Kapahulu, that I felt I had to answer…

Chuggy’s comfort foods

It’s been a year since I’ve joined the Nonstop team, and during this time, I’ve eaten some of the best meals of my life and shared them with a fantastic group of people. With big changes upon us, it’s a…

Kona Abalone opens in Ala Moana

If you’ve been to the farmer’s markets around town, you’ve seen the booth with the freshly grilled, live abalone from Kona. It’s wildly popular with Japanese tourists, who know it’s a delicacy and not nearly as inexpensive at home.Well, now…

New eats: Sushi Ginza Onodera

There’s a new sushi bar in town, brought to you by the owners of Kai Ramen (near Ala Moana Center).  I was hesitant to go because I had heard about the $250 price tag, omakase only, but friends who tried…

Our Top 5: Uni

By Laurie OueSpecial to NonstopI’ve always liked uni. I can’t even recall my first taste. For as long as I can remember, uni has always been the first thing I order at a sushi bar. Lots of times I’m the…

New eats: Nagomi Japanese Teppan and Lounge

There’s a new Japanese restaurant in town, Nagomi Japanese Teppan and Lounge, specializing in Osaka-style teppanyaki and okonomiyaki. I ate my way through their menu, and although portions are on the smaller side, there are some very good dishes hidden…

New eats: Cake Envy

Cake Envy opens today in Chinatown across the street from Hawaii Theatre. Chef/owner Amy Brookes has created a nice dessert place for theatre-goers that will be open for the late-night crowd. Her goal was to provide a sweet alternative to…

OMG: Ramen Burger

“What time do you think we should line up?” my friend Jan said. “You think 10:30 is early enough?”“Oh please,” I said. “It’s a weekday at lunchtime. People WORK.”At 10:30 on the day of Ramen Burger’s only open-to-the-public popup in…

Our Top 5: Sushi

By Alysha KomenakaSpecial to NonstopSushi is one of those staple foods in Hawaii I could eat practically every day. While growing up, my favorite sushi was unagi, and my father used to take me to The Pagoda’s sushi bar for…

New eats: Armbar Sports Bar and Grill

Tucked away on the bottom level of Aiea Shopping Center is a little-known hideaway for MMA, boxing and football fans. Welcoming of all sports junkies (including surfers; they have the surf channel) Armbar Sports Bar and Grill is a local…

Our Top 5: Pizza

I love all types of pizza. My pizza addiction started when I played baseball and soccer as a kid, eating pepperoni and cheese pizzas from the big chains. In college, I was introduced to the Chicago deep dish, a close…

Our Top 5: Ramen

By Brandon Suyeoka Special to Nonstop I recently was asked to contribute a guest blog post for Nonstop’s Our Top 5 series. Without hesitation, I jumped at the chance since they wanted my opinion on ramen. Let me just start…

Quick bite: Highway Inn Kaka’ako

Growing up in Waipahu, certain places remind us of our childhood and the joys of spending time with ohana. Landmarks like the sugar mill, Arakawa General Store, Waipahu Bicycle and Highway Inn transports us back to the simpler times. Many…

FRESH DURIAN ALERT: Chinatown, now

It was the call I’d been waiting nearly three years for.“Mari. Durian on Maunakea Street. By Bruno’s Forno.”@harrycovair, man of few words, was cutting in and out amid traffic noises. I had one question. Harry answered it before I could…

Preview: Madre Chocolate in Chinatown

We got to spend some time with the Madre Chocolate team for a special blessing and celebration at their new Chinatown space. Co-owners Dave Elliott and Nat Bletter opened their second location with a retail shop in front and a…