Friends of mine were just here, thought I'd give a short rundown of their food adventures:
Saturday Evening: Dinner at Big City Diner. They were tired from the plane, wanted something simple, reasonable, casual, and a touch local. One got the Kim Chee Fried Rice, the other a Kim Chee Burger. Both were very happy. I don't remember what I ate.... hummmm... oh, i was bad... double down chili dogs with chili on the fries also.
Sunday Brunch: They picked me up after church and we went to Happy Days in Kaimuki for Dim Sum. Very good, and getting there before 11 was a good thing, although I didn't get really crowded till just before noon when we left. They had heard about "someplace for shaved ice" on the north shore, but i had to go back to work. So after explaining it was Shave Ice, I sent them on their way to Haleiwa and Matsumoto's. Told them that there was good shrimp to be had, but apparently they were too full from brunch and settled for shave ice and a walk around Haleiwa Town.
Sunday Dinner: They had seen Rainbow Drive In on Diners, Drive-in's and Dives. Between us we had roast pork (ummmm, special 3 days a week), a chili frank plate that they both really liked, and BBQ steak that they thought was OK. We ate up at Diamond Head overlook watching the surfers paddle in at the end of the day, and feeding bbq steak and roast pork to a greedy little mongoose.
Monday: They had a late breakfast in the Hilton Waikiki (on Kuhio, not in the village) at Mac24/7. They enjoyed it. Then they were off to the Polynesian Cultural Center, including the Luau and Show. Apparently the food is on the upswing there right now because they reported that they pretty much cleaned their plates, and said even the poke was good.
Tuesday: We had an early Lunch at Nico's, excellent as always. I had the ahi sandwich, one of them had the special which was swordfish, deemed excellent, and the other had the furikake crusted ahi plate. Not a morsel left on anyones plate. They had also seen Nico's on DD&D, so were glad when I suggested it. We went to see the Mighty Mo (USS Missouri - disorganized tour but worthwhile) at Pearl Harbor, got back to Waikiki at around 4:00. Walked a couple of blocks to a little (LITTLE) karaoke bar (wang chung's) and had Mohitos, fresh mint, very refreshing. No one was there singing yet. From there we went out to Kalihi/Palama and had Pho at HaLong. We all had different adds in the soup, and shared an appetizer of summer rolls. Great service, very good food. It has become my favorite Pho place, just wish they had Bahn-mi.
Wednesday: They spent the day at Hanauma Bay, have no idea what they did for food. That night we went to Hiroshi's at Restaurant Row, someplace I've been meaning to go for a long time. Another friend came along, two had steak - excellent, the other got the snapper in the sous vide preparation (and i learned how to pronounce it) and I had the Opah - moonfish. All of it was just fantastic, as were the portuguese sausage potsticker appetizer. All followed by some wonderful desserts. 3 of us had one cocktail each, and I was pleasantly surprised when our bill came at just a hair over $200, including a 20% tip. The service was very good, very professional, warm, and just friendly enough. We were celebrating a birthday, and they brought an extra dessert out, much appreciated by the birthday boy.
Then off to the airport this morning (thursday)
Big City Diner
3569 Waialae Ave Ste 3, Honolulu, HI 96816
3553 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816
, Honolulu, HI 96813