Aloha! It has been seven long years since I've been back to da islands bra! Anyways it will be my gf and I coming from the bay area and we need some pointers to steer clear from the tourist traps. We will be staying in Waikiki, touristy I know but we are willing to take bus, walk, cab to destination worthy places. Thanks to Miss needles I have some places in mind:
Helena's- closed over the weekend right? we will be in honolulu from thurs-mon so we must eat there before we leave.
Rainbow Drive Inn- walking distance from our hotel so we will def frequent this place for breakfast or lunch.
Liliha's Bakery- cocopuffs! I hear they have a solid breakfast and sweets
Leonard's- no explanation needed, we will stop here for the sweets but this isn't exactly a breakfast for me.
MAC 24/7- in a hotel and seems to cater to tourists, but is it decent? convenient location for us
Spam Musubi- I think its offered all over the place but is there a place that specializes in them?
Puka dog/Hank's haute dog- i don't eat hot dogs much but between the two which one?
Does anybody know any breakfast/lunch places worth eating in or near waikiki? It would be nice to wake up and get something within walking distance. I also would like to know if there are any cafe's or coffeeshops that serve local coffee, I saw Alan Wong's coffee menu and would like to try some of that goodness without going there.
3660 on the rise- I really want to go here, especially for the chef's tasting please tell me its good.
HIroshi's Eurasian- I also want to eat here for the Sunday/Monday 4 course night
Town- seems to use the organic/locovore approach which is great and is big in the bay area, I can't see the menu or website. Can someone tell me about this place?
House without a key- I want to go here for drinks and appetizers but would like to go somewhere else for dinner, can someone point me to a nice place that's moderately priced near here?
Sushi- i really really want to eat at sasabune but my gf is not too crazy on the adventurous/authentic sushi. She is more of a roll type, so lame but hey if there is a place that has both and super fresh fish please do tell me.
cheap dinners- can't eat like a high-roller every night, please point me to some hole in the wall cheap eats. (Side street inn?)
This is all I have so far and would greatly appreciate your input, I am open to all types of cuisine as long as I can't get it back home and isn't an evil chain mahalo!