Just returned from 7 days in Oahu and I miss the sun terribly! (It's cold and damp in NYC) Not to mention the delicious eats me and my boyfriend had over the past week. I loved the food there and can't wait to go back! We tried not to eat at too many touristy places, I took a lot of recs from locals and had some delicious cheap eats, I've never eaten so much on a vacation before!!! I'm originally from SE asia so I felt right at home with all the local tropical flavors. Some highlights during our stay included:
Zippys - I love this chain, we ate here about 3 times, and we got the chilli every time as well as other things. I am addicted to the napples from Napoleon's bakery as well! Cherry is my fave.
L&L Drive Inn - had loco moco here, very tasty!
KC Drive Inn on Kapahulu - I had the best oxtail soup and bf had the waffle hotdog, which he said was pretty interesting
Big City Diner at Ward Center - Love the kimchee fried rice here, I ate some of this for breakfast and I was full all day!! They also have interesting oatmeal cakes, which if you can imagine very thick oatmeal molded into cakes and grilled. It's actually really good with syrup and fruit.
House without a key - enjoyed beautiful sunset, drinks and ono coconut shrimp, this is a must to see a buautiful sunset and enjoy oneself!
Egoziku Ramen on Kalakaua - Delicious ramen, I've been to many ramen places in NYC and this was just excellent. Wonton Ramen was good as well as miso ramen and gyoza. Many people ordered the combo with fried rice as well, but I couldn't eat another bite as it is.
Eggs n things - yummy breakfasts and nice service. I actually thought it was a couple of bucks more expensive at breakfast than a bunch of other places, although still cheap, and they do make excellent pancakes, I can't stop thinking about them!!
Wailana Coffee Shop - 24 hour diner type place where we had breakfast too. Great corned beef hash and fast service.
International food market - the food court behind a mall in Waikiki. Had delicious spam kim chee fried rice here as well. A little greasy but soo delicious. My bf wasn't hungry but he ended up eating half of my meal! I think we went to the Choi's Korean food stall
Sam Choys Breakfast Lunch n Crab - I had Saimin which was a bit bland, but then again, I think I needed something bland after all the salty and greasy food I've eaten (I love it though!) My bf ordered the fried poke and it was very good.
Mos Burger on Kalakaua - I've eaten this in asia and miss it so we stopped by one day and got a mos burger. My craving was fulfilled!! Miss those tasty burgers..
Kua'aina sandwich at Ward - boyfriend got the mahi mahi sandwich which was good but he said was lacking flavor, I told him he should have eaten it hot, not waiting until an hour later to consume it!!!
Jurison's Inn, near the Waikele outlets - BF had a very tasty kimchee teri beef burger. It was very good. I had the bento special which had fried saimin, rice, crab omelet, spam, teri chicken and fried mahi for just 6 bucks! Could have fed the both of us! We really enjoyed this place and will return.
Giovanni's Shrimp Truck - I loved this! The shrimp was so tasty, but not necessarily the most tender, but pieces were big and filling. I had the shrimp scampi which is served with lots of delicious sauteed garlic and 2 scoops of rice. Bf got the spicy one which was super hot and I thought it made the shrimp tougher, but still tasty. Next time will try other shrimp shacks, Romy's and the korean one.
Matsumotos shave ice - after the shrimp truck had to get a shave ice to get taste of garlic out of my mouth! Yummy shave ice. I had the one with ice cream and azuki beans with lilikoi, lychee and li himg mui syrups. I ate the whole thing (It's huge) and I couldn't eat dinner after that, but it was worth it. Cheap too!
Alan Wongs - Our grand finale meal the night before we left. Sat at the chef's counter where we enjoyed fun banter with the chefs about the rivalry between Red Sox and Yankees (go yankees!!!!). I got the ahi tuna tartar to start and it was the best I have ever eaten. The portion is too big for one though! BF got Da Bag and it had a smoky flavor which I'm not a fan of but he liked it. He then got the opaka, which was done in a steamed chinese-style, and I got the macadamia crusted lamb with garlic mashed. Entrees were delicious but couldn't eat all of it so took it back to the hotel. We shared the Coconut dessert which was fantastic. Haupia sorbet in a dark chocolate shell encrusted with coconut with passionfruit coulis and fruit salad. I wish i can have that every night! Lillikoi margarita are good too!
Leonards - had the malasada (sp?) which was good, kind of like a zeppole for all of you that know what I'm talking about. But I prefer Zippy's napples!
Helena's Hawaiian Foods - such a cheap and great meal!! Loved the short ribs here, and the fried butterfish collar. Lomi salmon is interesting, not my fave but glad to try it. Kalua pork was good, and haupia was yummy!
OK Now my question, is poi supposed to be...sour?? At Helena's Hawaiian Foods, we ordered poi for the first time, and it wasn't what I expected. It was tangy and sour tasting. I know that this establishment is known for authentic hawaiian foods, so I don't think that they would serve poi that has gone bad? But I always thought poi was just mashed taro root, and I've had lots of taro in my life but this tasted like taro mixed with vinegar. It was weird. Anyone can comment on this?
Anyways, am aching to go back for more (and the same) good eats!!! The people were so friendly and great, and the weather was perfect!!! Als ate a lot of taro chips and maui potato chips. Loved lilikoi drink too! Thanks for the recs everyone!