Fellow Chow friends... I am sorry to be leaving you... but the Nopales are moving to Oahu next month. Along those lines I have been running 60 minutes & lifting weights everyday to make up for the planned culinary debauchery... my intention is to pack my fat cells with Bay Area flavors that will not be easy to find in Oahu. My preliminary assessment is:
Easy to Find on the Islands
> "California Cuisine" which goes by "Hawaiian Fusion" there... I have found enough great examples & quality of ingredients to realize its going to be there, without any doubt.
> Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai... can be found in quality & in numbers. Hawaiian (goes without a doubt).
> Old School Cal-Mex... I have confirmed there are a couple of places that do your old school standards quite well.
I Am Not Sure If Its There
> Regional Chinese or Specialized Korean
> Straight Up American BBQ or Diner
> Regional Italian (there is a heavy Italian influence in Fusion places... but I am not sure if there are many pure Italian places)
Foods I Am Almost Certain Aren't Available
> Indian, Pakistani, Afghan
> Greek, Lebanese, Persian, Turkish,
> Ethiopian, Moroccan,
And of course... I will miss Mexican cuisine quite a bit.
So my mission over the next month is to soak up as much Near Eastern, Middle Eastern, Ethiopian, Mediterranean & Mexican cuisine that I can.
I will make several trips to S.F. & Oakland in the next month.... please advise me... where should I eat?