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Old 01-14-2012, 05:11 PM   #16
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No Olive Garden in Hawaii. Only one Red Lobster and it's in the middle of Waikiki so may not be practical to go.

I've got a couple of chains listed on my map. Click thumbnail to enlarge.



Other good places to eat on Oahu (high end) (located all around the island, not necessarily close to Aulani):
Alan Wong's
The Pineapple Room by Alan Wong in Macy's Ala Moana
Mariposa in Neiman Marcus in Ala Moana
Azure in the Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Hoku's in the Kahala Resort
Roy's (already mentioned by others)
Chef Mavro
Le Bistro
Sushi Sasabune / Mitch's Sushi
town / 12th Avenue Grill

Non high falutin good places to eat on Oahu:
Side Street Inn (large quantities of local Hawaiian bar type food and surprisingly good quality)
Rainbow Drive Inn (classic plate lunch - can't go wrong with the mixed plate)
Liliha Bakery (at the counter - already mentioned)
Kahai Street Kitchen (upscale plate lunch)
Teddy's Bigger Burgers
Genki Sushi / Kuru Kuru Sushi (conveyor belt sushi places)
Chun Wah Kam Noodle Factory (humongous Chinese food plates)
Grace's Drive In (great chicken katsu)
Honolulu Burger Company
Kua Aina Burger (the original location in Haleiwa)
Assagio's (many locations - neighborhood Italian joint)
Zippy's (classic Hawaii drive in)
Curry House Coco Ichibanya (for curry anything)
What about Morimoto's restaurant in Waikiki?
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Old 01-14-2012, 05:46 PM   #17
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I went here for a snack:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/yard-house-honolulu#query:yard

They have happy hour. And the countless draft pulls are picture worthy!
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:13 PM   #18
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I definitely want to get to Leonards for the malasadas! Trying to figure out how to get them home in eatable condition.

Plan on Roy's for dinner. The chocolate souffle' is awesome.

I love Paradise Cove luau (although haven't been there for several years)

Where exactly is Giovanni's Shrimp Truck. I know there are several trucks and want to make sure I hit the right one.

Two years ago I ate breakfast in a local place in Haleiwa. I can't remember the name of it, but it was on the main road near Matsumoto's. Breakfast wasn't fancy, but it was good and reasonable.

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Old 01-15-2012, 01:22 AM   #19
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What about Morimoto's restaurant in Waikiki?
Morimoto's is an interesting experience. Been there twice now - once on a tasting menu. I wouldn't rank it in my top 5 restaurants of Oahu but the food is good (if expensive) and if you're a fan of the Iron Chef, it's hard to go wrong visiting his restaurant, maybe catching a glimpse of him working (he shuttles between all of his restaurants but does seem to spend a fair amount of time in Hawaii). If you get lucky, you could even get a photo with him or get him to sign a cookbook!

I would probably rank Nobu's in Waikiki similar to Morimoto's. Which sort of makes sense given their background.
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Old 01-15-2012, 01:26 AM   #20
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I definitely want to get to Leonards for the malasadas! Trying to figure out how to get them home in eatable condition.
They really don't travel well - they're nowhere near as good even 30 minutes later so good luck with that.

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Where exactly is Giovanni's Shrimp Truck. I know there are several trucks and want to make sure I hit the right one.
Here's their website - has directions on there. I think the Kahuku one is the original but don't hold me to it.
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Thanks for this thread !

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We were fortunate to have a friend who is a local give us some great tips on places to eat. Here are my reviews....

NEAR AULANI:
Just Tacos - across the street from Aulani, decent Mexican food at touristy prices; we were put off by the loud music inside, would request to be seated outside
Zippy's - these are all over the place and the nearest one is in Kapolei (by Safeway); I kind of think of as the Hawaiian equivalent of Denny's, they serve the classic plate lunches at decent prices
Hapa Grill - haven't seen this place mentioned on this thread yet, it's also in Kapolei near Safeway; they serve great breakfast and dinner here at reasonable prices http://hapagrill.net/
Costco - if you're a member, you really can't go wrong with a dirt cheap Costco meal also lots of souveniers and Hawaiian foods available here
Roy's - didn't get a chance to eat here as they had a fire during our visit
Paradise Cove - it's a decent luau, and apparently the one the locals prefer; I though it was a bit touristy and the food just OK; drink lines get horrendous, get in line early!!

WAIKIKI:
Rainbow Drive-In - probably my favorite meal of the trip; the best plate lunch on the island!
Leonard's Bakery - you absolutely must go for a hot malasada! there is also a Leonard's truck you'll see parked at a shopping mall near Aulani on the north side of H1 (I think near the Home Depot)
International Market - a bit touristy but lots of fantastic cheap meals at the food court; you can get a Dole Whip here!
Cheesecake Factory - didn't eat here but hadn't seen in mentioned yet on this thread but there is one near Waikiki Beach; always a safe bet

NORTH SHORE:
Giovanni's Shrimp Truck - this is where we stopped due to the reviews and it was pretty good; apparently the shrimp comes from Asia; don't miss the BBQ corn from the stand behind it!
Ted's Bakery - stop here on your drive along North Shore; they are famous for the chocolate haupia pie...get one to take back to Aulani with you!
Aoki Shave Ice - Matsumoto's next door is more popular but this is where the locals go! very friendly and delicious shave ice! get vanilla ice cream and beans with it!
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:26 AM   #23
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I always have to go to Matsumoto's for a shave ice!

Ruth's Chris Steak House is normally out of my price range, but last time I was there both the one in Waikiki and the one north of Waikoloa on the Big Island had an early bird special that was reasonable, and very good.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:24 PM   #24
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Great thread!

We are going to Aulani in February and places to eat is a top priority! for me it is about fine dining (I will almost certainly try Nobu) and places that the locals like.
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:15 PM   #25
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If you're interested in trying some new and different food, try the Hawaii Food Tour. http://www.hawaiifoodtours.com/hitw.html We went and had a great time. They took us to some of the places I posted about earlier. Unfortunately, they don't pick up at Aulani so you have to drive Ala Mona Mall to meet the van.
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Bumping up this thread to get some more ideas.

We'll be at Aulani in 2 weeks and am finalizing my to-do list!

Does Chuck's at the Ko Olina Beach Club still have happy our mai tais?
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:27 PM   #27
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I can give an enthusiatic thumbs up for Leonard's malasadas! If I remember correctly, you take exit 7 on H1 and head north for about a block or so (depending on whether you're getting off of H1 east or west), turn right and go to the shopping center that has Lowe's and Kmart in it. Their truck/trailer is at the far end of the parking lot near Lowe's. (You can actually see it if you are driving H1 west.)

I agree that they are better hot. The chocolate filled ones and the coconut filled ones are to die for. I stopped by there twice.

And at Costco I got my best food bargain of the trip - a 1/4 lb hotdog and drink for $1.50 - just like on the mainland! And boy was that place packed around lunchtime. They had 3 of the 4 cash registers open, and I'd guess 8 to 10 people in each line. It does move fast. I've never seen the food counter at a Costco with this many registers and this many customers. Looked like mostly locals, too.

I forget to find out exactly where Matsumoto's shave ice place is on the North Shore the day I was driving around the island, so I never did try it. Later I happened to be talking with one of the bellmen at Aulani, and he told me that the syrup they use at the shave ice stand at Aulani is the same as what is used at Masumoto's. I don't know if that's true or not, but it did make me feel a little better.
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Bumping up this thread to get some more ideas.

We'll be at Aulani in 2 weeks and am finalizing my to-do list!

Does Chuck's at the Ko Olina Beach Club still have happy our mai tais?
Oops, just saw your question. I was there about 3 weeks ago, and yes, they do! $4 from 4:45 - 6. I was going to get two since they were such a bargain, but one ended up being enough for me. I definitely can't hold my liquor!
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:36 PM   #29
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Longboards at the Marriott timeshare located 2 lagoons down from Aulani is a very convnient and pretty decent meal. There is live music on the weekends and the tropical drinks are way better than at Aulani.

The restaurant by the pool at the JW Marriot next door to Aulani is a good lunch alternative. The food is just okay but it's nice to have different options. Their are hammerhead sharks to watch in a tank/pool right there too.

The malasadas should definately be eaten hot! We got some to take back to the hotel and they were just a greasy mess the next day.
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Are the malasadas hot when purchased from the Leonard's Truck????
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