Hawaii high-end, value restaurants make TripAdvisor Top tens
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Hawaii high-end, value restaurants make TripAdvisor Top tens


    A close-up of short ribs pipikaula style, kalua pig, poi and chili pepper water at Helena’s Hawaiian Food.

Based on a year’s worth of reviews, both the luxury Mama’s Fish House on Maui and local favorite Helena’s Hawaiian Food have been named among the best restaurants in the U.S.

Mama’s Fish House is ranked tenth among fine-dining restaurants and Maui’s Lahaina Grill is at No. 15 on a list topped by the acclaimed Alinea in Chicago.

Helena’s placed 7th among TripAdvisor’s first-ever list of the top 10 bargain dining experiences across the country.

TripAdvisor also released its ranking of top fine-dining restaurants in the world in which Alinea, the only U.S. restaurant listed among the top 10, is in sixth place.

Rankings were compiled using an algorithm accounting for the quantity and quality of reviews submitted by TripAdvisor users.

“Thanks to insights from the millions of tastemakers in the TripAdvisor community, we’re excited to recognize the top restaurants around the world,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor, in a statement.

The full restaurant lists may be viewed online.

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  • Congratulation to Helena’s, my kind of place. I can’t afford most, actually all, of the fine dining spots but I would gladly accept any invitation if anyone else is paying. Alinea, in Chicago, the only U.S. restaurant in the top ten would set you back $500, without drinks. What they are noted for is their mind bending experience. You’ll eat tomatoes that look like strawberries and strawberries that look like tomatoes (called molecular gastronomy). From the moment you enter the restaurant, the experience starts. As the owner/chef, Grant Achatz says, no one would pay $500 for a meal that only tastes good.

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