I've passed through the euphoria phase of my trip planning and I'm now in my panicked 2-days-away overthinking every choice stage.
It's just me and my boyfriend and he's more of a foodie by association so I don't like to push too much on the $$$$. I wanted a mixture of casual and high end dining but heavy on the "beachy" "Hawaiian" feel. (Hence Hau Tree Lanai over Alan Wong's for dinner, etc. ) Yes, I'm mostly hoping for "good choices!" and not looking to start over from scratch, but always welcome feedback. Sunday Dinner is the trouble spot, see below:
FRI: (arrive at noon) Depending if we can wait that long for lunch, Helena's straight from aiport.
Dinner is Happy Hour drinks/food at Outrigger Hona Grill followed by HWAK drinks/pupus
Lunch- Surf lesson on north shore followed by Giovanni's followed by Mastumoto Ice)
Dinner- Roy's Waikiki. (Was relieved to learn that this is chow-approved choice, not the same as eating as a Roy's on mainland. I secretly pined for Roy's)
SUN: Leonard's for breakfast, driving around the East side of the Island, probably can't plan lunch but have Kalapawai Cafe in my notes.
Dinner: ????? Would love some low-key, local approved food but with cocktails and a pleasant atmosphere (Like If Duke's weren't an annoying chain) Does this place exist? i've been combing through every Oahu thread I can find and haven't hit upon this. On trip advisor there is a place called Uncle Bo's that sort of fits the bill but no chows mentioned it ever. I wouldn't mind driving up to 40 minutes. Or like Mariana Sailing Club if the food was good.... I've also toyed with the idea of Happy Hour for dinner at Top of Waikiki, or Haiwaiiana Cafe which nobody on chow mentions but is beloved on Trip Advisor)
L-Chinatown Legend, Fattys, or Little Village Noodle House (???)
Dinner- Sushi Izakaya Gaku
D- Hau Tree Lanai
Thank you for your help. I feel like Chowhound is the only place where people understand this obsessing over where to eat on vacation!