My husband has business in Honolulu a week from now, and we decided to join him for a family vacation. We are from San Francisco and have a 5 yo son. I would appreciate recs for two different types of meals: with our son and without. First, without: we were out in March and had a wonderful meal at Alan Wong's and another at Tokkuri-Tei (so yummy!). We'll be hitting Tokkuri-Tei again, but as much as we loved Alan Wong's, we want to try something new. Based on what I've read so far, my top contenders are Mavro's, Town, and Bali by the Sea -- I suppose La Mer, too. While we love views, we see the Pacific on a regular basis in SF (yes, prettier from Hawaii, but still) -- we're definitely in it more for the food. We also prefer innovative food over the same old same old high-end dishes unless the execution is flawless.
Next issue: where to go with our son. No chains, please! Our son has odd tastes. He will not eat a sandwich but will eat each of the components separately. He hates peanut butter but loves goat cheese, Thai chicken with cashews, and pot stickers. At the same time, he'll only eat pasta with butter and parm, no sauce. He likes chicken (white meat), pork (especially carnitas), and beef. He eats fish sticks (and sometimes smoked salmon), but I'm not sure about "real" fish. When we were in here in the spring, we found that we ended up ordering way too many chicken fingers. We definitely would like to avoid that this time. We'll be staying at the Marriott Waikiki and will have a car. Current places under consideration are Ono's Hawaiian Food, Kua Aina, Mei Sum (lunch), Nico's (in case he'll eat fish), Just Tacos Mexican Grill, and Oceanarium (tourist trap?). Please let me know what you think about the places on my current list and what I should add/delete. Mahalo nui loa!