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short stay on oahu - feedback for dining options please!

krappyappy | Feb 13, 201410:34 AM

i'll be taking my wife to oahu for the weekend, we are very adventurous and will literally eat anything. i am most interested in local flavors, whether that's indigenous hawaiian or fusion food not found elsewhere. i love to first sample the food at its 'roots', like at a street stall or mom and pop shop, then visit a more upscale place where those same flavors and influences are elevated.

it is our first trip to hawaii and we are staying in waikiki. we usually like to stay in more 'quirky' places but hotels were much easier to book in the city on short notice. i will rent a car.

here's what i've come up with so far, suggestions would be much appreciated:

friday: land around 9pm. still need a place to grab a bite.


breakfast: kcc farmer's market

lunch: ono's hawaiian? side street inn?

dinner: i have reservations at alan wong's but they are only doing the valentine's day menu, which doesn't look as interesting as their normal tasting menu. i'm open to better options. there is also the honolulu night market going on, which might be cool either as dinner or as post-dinner activity.


breakfast: need suggestions. i thought it might be fun to do a driving tour of the island on sunday, go up to north shore and come down on the east coast.

lunch: ???. i would like to find somewhere to do a short hike while driving around the island, we might just grab a bite at any place that looks interesting. shrimp trucks? plate lunch?

dinner: i have reservations at morimoto's for omakase. it was kind of a 'back-up plan' to ensure we had at least one upscale meal, in case alan wong's didn't work out. again, alternate suggestions welcome.


breakfast: this will probably be close to the hotel since we fly out around 11, but i'd still like for it to be an interesting meal if possible.

come on chowhound, hit me with what you've got!

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