Just got back from a quick trip to Oahu. Had a chance to visit some old favorite spots as well as a few new finds.
Had a pretty great food day starting off at Leonard's for a breakfast of hot malasadas and coffee. Original, cinnamon sugar and a haupia filled one for me, and a cinnamon sugar and guava filled one for my wife. We grabbed these to go as we were on our way up to the North Shore to meet some friends near Sunset. For lunch we headed up to Kahuku and Giovanni's Shrimp wagon. A plate of scampi style shrimp with loads of garlic. Even better when supplemented with some pretty good poke (and beers) from the Kahuku Superette next door. Back down to Sunset to relax a while, and we walked a few doors down the Kam Highway from our friend's to Ted's for a slice of the chocolate haupia pie and a huge, round "eclair". A few hours later we were pleasantly suprised by dinner. We headed a little way down the road to Haleiwa. We had dinner at a small locally owned place called the Breakers. Once inside, I was expecting the worst. the place is decorated with surfboards and surf memorabilia, along with thatched booths and bar. I was expecting TGIFridays'/Chile's style food with this type of "theme", but was very pleasantly surprised. Pretty good pupu's,and a very good flank steak entree. It was very tasty, marinated in a blend of sweet chili sauce, garlic, ginger, soy sauce and onion. The texture was perfect, and actually came out medium rare as requested. My wife had the fish & chips, made with locally caught (literally from right across the street, according to the owners) mahi mahi. The beer battered fish was better than anything I've had here in the city, though I know that SF is not a great fish & chips town.
Some of the other places we hit on this trip were:
Ono Hawaiian Foods, Rainbow Drive Inn, Sam Choy's Breakfast Lunch & Crab (fried poke), Side Street Inn (kalbi ribs & kim chee fried rice), Like Like Drive Inn, and Matsumoto's Shave Ice( not bad if you're in haleiwa, but in town try Waiola Shave Ice).
On another note, the Ala Moana Shopping Center has some of the best mall food. I'm not real big on mall food in general, but if you are there, try Poi Bowl for Hawaiian food, Yummy for Korean, or Zippy's (inside Sear's) for a tast of local food. The Thai and Chinese ( not Panda Express) places had a good looking selection, but we didn't try them this time. Not your usual selection of mall staples here.
A week is not enough time....