I will be in Hawaii (400 Royal Hawaiian avenue in Waikiki) from Christmas Day to New Years Eve. I may rent a car one day to drive to Sunset Beach but will otherwise probably walk or take cabs or the bus. I WILL travel for food.
I am a "serious food lover". My travel companion (Mom) likes to eat but is not a foodie by any stretch of the imagination. We have a moderate budget. No shellfish, crustaceans or pork.
My list so far includes Ono's and Helena's. I have already decided what I'm getting from the menu at both but I would welcome any specific advice or comparison.
Besides these two places, I have nothing in mind.
I thought about dim sum but the reviews are not great and I plan to visit Vancouver next year so maybe I can stick with Flushing until then.
Now I am thinking about Filipino. I have eaten Filipino pastries once but never a meal. Any recommendations? How is Lumpia express? Jesse's bakery?
Are there any good food carts? I am a New Yorker so I eat street food but I do not (I repeat DO NOT) want to get sick. But if there are clean food carts or food stands somewhere, I would love to experience them. I was thinking the International Market or somewhere like that.
Yakiniku Hiroshi is down the block from my hotel. The reviews are good. Is the food good? The menu does not seem very Japanese. What about Marukame Udon? I have no idea about noodle so I would love to go here and stand in line. Anywhere else? We do not eat sushi.
Are the cookies at Swirl cookies worth trying? It is super close to me.
One last question (for now) what are good things to try for breakfast. We are right smack-dab in the middle of tourist central so when I google the address one of the first things that I see is IHOP. Is there maybe something in King's Village shopping mart or in the 123 store? Should I eat "Loco moco" somewhere?
I think that the research is making me crazy. I should just sit back and let you guys give me your tips.
Thanks. I promise to post a report and lots of pics.