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P.F. Chang’s Waikiki spot provides good respite

Updated on  April 27, 2017 at 5:45 pm
P.F. Chang’s is a well-known chain of restaurants that serves up Asian-style food in a casual yet stylish way. At the P.F. Chang’s in Waikiki, definitely a cut above the greasy-spoon Chinese restaurant on the corner, one could have a nice pau hana. Read More

Harborside hideaway a winning way to end day

Updated on  April 20, 2017 at 4:14 pm
You may not yet be familiar with Harbor Restaurant at Pier 38, which opened above Nico’s on the waterfront in May 2016 — but I’m here to suggest you check it out. Read More

Pupus at Noi Thai in Waikiki whet the appetite

Updated on  April 14, 2017 at 5:28 pm
The notion of an upscale Thai restaurant is a novel one for Honolulu, which has long had a handful of places ranging from hole-in-the-wall to mid-range and white tablecloth. Read More

Smith & Kings delivers in all the right ways

Updated on  April 7, 2017 at 5:30 pm
Smith & Kings is another indication of the blossoming of Chinatown. The restaurant/bar has that funky, urban-hipster feel but doesn’t go overboard with it. Read More

Rain’s tasty creations will whet your appetite

Updated on  March 29, 2017 at 10:45 pm
Word is getting out about Rain, a cozy new-ish restaurant at the corner of Fort Street Mall and Pauahi Street that opened to the public in December. Read More

TR’s Fire Grill does well with ‘Local Menu’ dishes

Updated on  March 8, 2017 at 9:09 pm
One new eatery you’ll want to try around pau hana time is TR Fire Grill on Kuhio Avenue right behind the new International Market Place. Read More

Bakery & Table offers urban oasis, new happy hour

Updated on  March 2, 2017 at 5:11 pm
The unique setting offers a sophisticated respite from the urban rat race. It’s worth a visit just to see that fire-water wall. Especially if you like beets. Read More

Neapolitan pizza sets Brick Fire Tavern apart from isle competition

Updated on  February 24, 2017 at 8:40 pm
There’s a lot of eatery action and a lot of competition with Brick Fire Tavern rising above the fray with a better bite — and one-of-a-kind pizza in Honolulu. Read More

Stripsteak welcomes in taste and surroundings

Updated on  February 15, 2017 at 8:21 pm
The meticulously prepared happy hour plates here offer a taste of the approach and flavors that have made James Beard award-winning Mina a celebrity in the field. Read More

Happy-hour deals join Prima’s new liquor offerings

Updated on  February 10, 2017 at 5:17 pm
Prima in Kailua is one of those places that made a little buzz when it opened about six years ago, but it’s proven to have staying power in a town undergoing transformation. Read More

Wisp, in the Lotus Honolulu, has good happy-hour prices

Updated on  February 4, 2017 at 4:29 pm
Waikiki’s Gold Coast is not where one would expect to find a convenient, inexpensive happy-hour spot, but Wisp, a new bar/lounge/restaurant, fills the bill on both counts. Read More

Waikiki eatery serves tasty pizza with a slice of sunset

Updated on  January 26, 2017 at 6:31 pm
Flour & Barley, the new brick-oven pizza eatery at the International Market Place in Waikiki, offers decent pau hana specials, a cool setting and a partial sunset view. Read More

Fleetwood’s in Lahaina offers fine wines, tasty bites

Updated on  January 11, 2017 at 10:19 pm
Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood has built up a polished, attractive warren in Fleetwood’s On Front St., a Lahaina establishment offering up fine food, wine and rock ’n’ roll. Read More

Chain restaurant sporting local name sets scene for sushi eaters

Updated on  January 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Kona Grill is one of the new restaurants in the newly redeveloped International Market Place in Waikiki. Despite the name, though, it is not a locally owned spot. Read More

Best of Pau Hana Patrol

Updated on  December 28, 2016 at 8:57 pm
Our annual roundup of the year’s highlights in happy-hour adventuring. Read More

An evening at the Veranda is a rewarding experience

Updated on  December 21, 2016 at 10:53 pm
Here on Pau Hana Patrol, we’re on a mission to experience the good life without breaking the bank. And just taking a seat at the Veranda gets you partway toward accomplishing that mission. Read More

Hard Rock Cafe offers good food, good prices in fun Waikiki setting

Updated on  December 17, 2016 at 6:34 pm
Hard Rock Cafe in Waikiki is that sort of touristy yet cool spot that diners outside of the district tend to forget about until reminded of it. Read More

Moku is comfortable, casual and welcoming

Updated on  November 30, 2016 at 6:53 pm
I’ve been watching the space for Moku Kitchen take shape over the past year, as construction on Kamehameha Schools property in Kakaako transforms the neighborhood from a light industrial area to a hip, urban residential-retail destination. Read More

Pho Hana freshens food, decor in former Vietnamese spot

Updated on  November 23, 2016 at 6:48 pm
Pho Hana serves “authentic” Vietnamese cuisine and replaced the site of Tram Le’s Restaurant at the corner of Smith and North Hotel streets in Chinatown. Read More

Happy hour comes both early and late at Doraku

Updated on  November 16, 2016 at 8:16 pm
Izakaya dishes at Doraku don’t compare to some of the more exacting restaurants in Honolulu, but the restaurant trades value and quantity forprecision, without abandoning a sense of proportion in taste or appearance. Read More

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