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BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Crab fried rice and beef lemongrass soup are specialties of Broken Rice, a Vietnamese Bistro.

Enjoy full flavors of ‘broken’ specialty

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Crab fried rice and beef lemongrass soup are specialties of Broken Rice, a Vietnamese Bistro.

Updated on  April 18, 2017 at 7:03 pm
Classic Vietnamese flavors and contemporary sensibilities combine in flavorful pho, beef, pork and chicken dishes at Broken Rice, which officially opened in Kaimuki on March 1. Read More
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Tea Girls crew: Bronson Ah Loo, left, with a Ku’u Morning Dew drink; Vale Niko with a vaifala; Teuila Niko with a li hing strawberry lemonade and Ekepati Niko with vaifala in a jar.

Kapolei mall vendors satisfy your cravings

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Tea Girls crew: Bronson Ah Loo, left, with a Ku’u Morning Dew drink; Vale Niko with a vaifala; Teuila Niko with a li hing strawberry lemonade and Ekepati Niko with vaifala in a jar.

Updated on  April 4, 2017 at 4:50 pm
Dining choices at the new Ka Makana Ali‘i mall in Kapolei are many and growing. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The tempura roll is among Teishoku’s most popular dishes.

Butterfish is best at Teishoku

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The tempura roll is among Teishoku’s most popular dishes.

Updated on  February 28, 2017 at 4:42 pm
Teishoku restaurant in Kapalama serves traditional Japanese dishes including curry, ramen, sushi, sashimi, nigiri and local favorites including poke bowls, as well as teishoku-style meals served with salad, appetizers, rice and miso soup. Read More
GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Wing varieties include lemon pepper, left, the red Original Hot and Spicy Korean.

Swoop-worthy wings for all tastes

GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Wing varieties include lemon pepper, left, the red Original Hot and Spicy Korean.

Updated on  February 21, 2017 at 3:55 pm
When perusing the menu at Wingstop, it’s easy to understand why local diners have wholeheartedly embraced the Buffalo wing craze. Read More
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Franchisee George Hernandez shows off a giant-sized Italian ($15.95) while Jennifer Rangel, director of operations, holds a regular-size Big Kahuna Cheese Steak ($9.75) at Jersey Mike’s Subs in Hawaii Kai Towne Center.

Isle outpost of New Jersey chain redefines sub sandwiches

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Franchisee George Hernandez shows off a giant-sized Italian ($15.95) while Jennifer Rangel, director of operations, holds a regular-size Big Kahuna Cheese Steak ($9.75) at Jersey Mike’s Subs in Hawaii Kai Towne Center.

Updated on  February 10, 2017 at 7:41 pm
Jersey Mike’s Subs has landed in the isles with a sammie-building style and ingredients unlike what you’re used to seeing at sub shops. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Stephen Ma, co-owner of Yen Yen Chinese Cuisine, holds a plate of crispy gau gee, left, and the restaurant’s dinner plate, a popular combo that includes crispy chicken, crispy gau gee, fried rice, shrimp and vegetable noodles, and sweet-and-sour pork.

Familiar favorites reign at restaurant

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Stephen Ma, co-owner of Yen Yen Chinese Cuisine, holds a plate of crispy gau gee, left, and the restaurant’s dinner plate, a popular combo that includes crispy chicken, crispy gau gee, fried rice, shrimp and vegetable noodles, and sweet-and-sour pork.

Updated on  January 25, 2017 at 4:30 pm
The menu at Yen Yen Chinese Cuisine is like an old friend with whom you are comfortable. Read More
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Angel-hair pasta with chicken and lemon cream sauce and kim chee steak with garlic shrimp and spinach salad are top sellers.

Grill cafe springs up at old garden shop

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Angel-hair pasta with chicken and lemon cream sauce and kim chee steak with garlic shrimp and spinach salad are top sellers.

Updated on  January 10, 2017 at 8:28 pm
You have to admire a business that sees the potential in setting up in the abandoned garden shop of a Kmart. Read More
 
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Ray Mascarenas and his wife, Joelle, opened Tio’s Tamales in October.

Tio’s New Mexico tamales are as nearby as downtown

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Ray Mascarenas and his wife, Joelle, opened Tio’s Tamales in October.

Updated on  December 27, 2016 at 5:29 pm
A tiny restaurant serving big portions of Southwestern-style Mexican food in downtown Honolulu specializes in tamales and says so right in its name: Tio’s Tamales. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Susanne Kirsch, left, and Shereen Ho own and operate Fresh Garden Deli on Merchant Street. They’re holding a jicama salad with mandarin oranges.

Deli serves up fresh takes on lunch

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Susanne Kirsch, left, and Shereen Ho own and operate Fresh Garden Deli on Merchant Street. They’re holding a jicama salad with mandarin oranges.

Updated on  December 6, 2016 at 5:53 pm
Fresh Garden Deli is a bit of a hidden downtown gem, though its salads and other fare have been known to loyal customers for some 20 years. Read More
 
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Throughout Jerry’s Pizza Mill are old pictures of Waialua and Haleiwa. One photo, of a plantation train packed full of workersand their families, draws many a longtime Waialua resident to point out family members, or, in some cases, themselves aschildren. Owner Jerry Coffman holds a Waialua pizza while his wife, Paula, holds a sub and an Italian salad.

Head to North Shore for pizzas, pastas, more

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Throughout Jerry’s Pizza Mill are old pictures of Waialua and Haleiwa. One photo, of a plantation train packed full of workersand their families, draws many a longtime Waialua resident to point out family members, or, in some cases, themselves aschildren. Owner Jerry Coffman holds a Waialua pizza while his wife, Paula, holds a sub and an Italian salad.

Updated on  November 11, 2016 at 7:35 am
When you’re North Shore-bound and not feeling the shrimp-truck scene, the pizzas, subs, burgers, pastas and salads at Jerry’s Pizza Mill beckon, a mere stone’s throw from the old Waialua Sugar Mill. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Penny’s cook Tony Perlawan, left, holds a mixed plate of beef stew, roast pork and corned beef; servers Michelle Cruz and Noho Bumanglag offer the roastpork in brown gravy; and customer Libby Fabro shows off his curry beef stew plate. Libby Fabro, road manager for Santana, lives in Las Vegas but always stops by Penny’s when he’s in town.

Simple home-style fare keeps customers coming to Penny’s

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Penny’s cook Tony Perlawan, left, holds a mixed plate of beef stew, roast pork and corned beef; servers Michelle Cruz and Noho Bumanglag offer the roastpork in brown gravy; and customer Libby Fabro shows off his curry beef stew plate. Libby Fabro, road manager for Santana, lives in Las Vegas but always stops by Penny’s when he’s in town.

Updated on  October 25, 2016 at 4:46 pm
Home-style cooking is what Penny’s Drive In is all about, right down to the corned beef made in-house. Read More
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Dishes at Tacos Zarate, clockwise from bottom right: alambre (grilled beef), chiles rellenos tacos, salsa and tortilla chips and fish tacos.

Tacos Zarate serves up new dishes in new digs

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Dishes at Tacos Zarate, clockwise from bottom right: alambre (grilled beef), chiles rellenos tacos, salsa and tortilla chips and fish tacos.

Updated on  October 14, 2016 at 8:52 am
Super burritos, fish tacos and — gasp — chiles rellenos burritos are big sellers at the new Kahala location of Tacos Zarate, which opened Aug. 31. Read More
ERIKA ENGLE / ERIKA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Kin Wah Chop Suey server Jay Zheng, left, holds bat jun tofu, chicken salad and crispy gau gee while manager Jimmy Cheng shows the restaurant’s sweet and sour fish and steamed ginger wun ton, also pictured below. Kitty Mak carries the pepper salt shrimp and minute chicken with cake noodles.

Satisfy cravings for Chinese food at Kaneohe spot

ERIKA ENGLE / ERIKA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Kin Wah Chop Suey server Jay Zheng, left, holds bat jun tofu, chicken salad and crispy gau gee while manager Jimmy Cheng shows the restaurant’s sweet and sour fish and steamed ginger wun ton, also pictured below. Kitty Mak carries the pepper salt shrimp and minute chicken with cake noodles.

Updated on  September 7, 2016 at 4:48 pm
Kin Wah Chop Suey has been a Kaneohe mainstay for some 33 years. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Two of the Pantastico brothers show off a couple dishes they serve at their takeout-only business. Erik, left, holds the Local Boy Special, which comes with three choices — here it contains spicy ahi, ahi poke and smoked meat. Isaac holds the bread pudding with butterscotch glaze.

Kaneohe spot melds old, new

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Two of the Pantastico brothers show off a couple dishes they serve at their takeout-only business. Erik, left, holds the Local Boy Special, which comes with three choices — here it contains spicy ahi, ahi poke and smoked meat. Isaac holds the bread pudding with butterscotch glaze.

Updated on  August 30, 2016 at 4:25 pm
It is extremely rare for a new restaurant to serve the signature dishes of its predecessor, especially when the previous business delivered a completely different menu. Read More
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Pizza maker Jacob Carey, above, throws a pizza at Bob’s Pizzeria.

Bob’s Pizza boasts good, classic pies

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Pizza maker Jacob Carey, above, throws a pizza at Bob’s Pizzeria.

Updated on  August 23, 2016 at 5:10 pm
Bob’s Pizzeria is a classic pizza joint on the Windward side. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                At Chun Wah Kam’s four locations, a build-your-own plate, above, starts with choice of noodles or rice, topped with a wide, colorful array of entree selections.

Chun Wah Kam delivers popular plates and dim sum

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                At Chun Wah Kam’s four locations, a build-your-own plate, above, starts with choice of noodles or rice, topped with a wide, colorful array of entree selections.

Updated on  August 16, 2016 at 7:29 pm
The brilliant idea behind the uber-popular Chun Wah Kam Noodle Factory ginger chicken fried rice came from simple observation. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL/CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Joe’s Grill Express Special: Ube French Toast ($5.50).

At Joe’s Grill, anytime’s a good time for breakfast

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL/CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Joe’s Grill Express Special: Ube French Toast ($5.50).

Updated on  August 9, 2016 at 6:05 pm
It’s lunchtime, but your stomach wants haupia- macadamia nut pancakes, ube French toast or just a basic local-style breakfast of fried rice, bacon and eggs. Read More
GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Packaged for takeout at Genki Sushi are a rainbow roll, summer roll with salmon and garlic chicken.

Waiau Genki stop lets you drive in, drive out, with sushi

GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Packaged for takeout at Genki Sushi are a rainbow roll, summer roll with salmon and garlic chicken.

Updated on  August 2, 2016 at 6:20 pm
Some days the thought of leaving your air-conditioned car to walk across a hot parking lot just to pick up food is exhausting. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Keith Kato puts hot dogs onto trays of bento during the morning rush at Sugoi.

Plate lunch place lives up to its ‘awesome’ moniker

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Keith Kato puts hot dogs onto trays of bento during the morning rush at Sugoi.

Updated on  July 26, 2016 at 6:09 pm
Who knew that a simple name would draw international attention to a local plate lunch eatery? Read More
BETTY SHIMABUKURO / BSHIMABUKURO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Selections from the Kahuku Farm menu: Farm Pizza, grilled veggie panini with a side salad and a selection of smoothies.

Kahuku Farm Cafe keeps its selections simple, fresh

BETTY SHIMABUKURO / BSHIMABUKURO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Selections from the Kahuku Farm menu: Farm Pizza, grilled veggie panini with a side salad and a selection of smoothies.

Updated on  July 19, 2016 at 5:31 pm
Any visit to the North Shore is going to require a fueling stop. A person can really work up an appetite enjoying all that sand, surf and sunshine. Read More
COURTESY PACIFICO PIZZA NAPOLETANA
                                Alastair and Brittany Hannmann have a newly decorated van to haul their pizza oven to Kakaako for the Saturday morning farmers market.

Kaneohe pizzeria gets fresh look for the future

COURTESY PACIFICO PIZZA NAPOLETANA
                                Alastair and Brittany Hannmann have a newly decorated van to haul their pizza oven to Kakaako for the Saturday morning farmers market.

Updated on  July 12, 2016 at 5:47 pm
The pizza restaurant known as Kaneohe’s Boston Pizza since at least 2006 is undergoing a re-branding by its longtime owners. Read More

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