February 1, 2008, Volume 8 Number 5
Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,
When this newsletter is delivered, Ken will be a couple of hours from landing here in Honolulu. This week's newsletter is coming to you from the GuamDiner.com staff and we thought it would be fun to share some cool places to eat in Honolulu. We last did this a couple of years ago. Since that time, there have been a whole lot of new places open (and many close), but not so many of them are worthy of seeking out when you happen to visit Honolulu. We are going to share a bit about three places we really like.
When choosing the places to feature, we decided to go with places offering an experience and/or food that you can't find on Guam. They also had to be good. From affordable to expensive, they range from a unique offering from one of the world's most famous restaurateurs (now retired, sort of) to one of the most romantic dining settings in a venerable Waikiki hotel.
Ken will be back with the usual newsletter next week with stories and photos from his adventures on the mainland. In the meantime, you should be grateful (those of you who live on Guam) that you have some of the best restaurants in the world to chose from when making your dining out decisions!
The GuamDiner.com Staff
Hank's Haute Dogs
324 Coral St
When famed restaurateur, Henry Adaniya, decided to retire to Honolulu and fulfill a life long dream of owning a hot dog stand, the diners of Honolulu gained a spot to enjoy a genuine Chicago Dog complete with that fluorescent green relish as well as a variety of gourmet dogs. Hank's has a number of standard offerings, but you want to check the daily specials to see what's on the menu that day. Monday's you'll see an authentic Italian Beef Sandwich while Friday's offers a Seafood Dog featuring housemade sausage created from lobster, shrimp and other assorted seafood. We highly recommend the Maui Onion Rings which are the best we've had in Honolulu (the best onion rings EVER were at Kinney's Cafe) and you simply must order the Pink Hibiscus Lemonade to wash your dog and rings down. For about $10 you'll enjoy a real treat. Cash only!
3435 Waialae Ave
This popular eatery starts the day early and goes right on into the night with a steady stream of neighborhood regulars, those who drop by when they are in the neighborhood (that would be us, we never miss a chance to stop in even if it's just for a cup of illy coffee or a scoop of bitterly delicious Campari Sorbet) and the occasional tourist. Chef/owners Ed Kenney and Dave Caldiero offer up food that you just can't get enough of from the housemade french fries deep fried with fresh herbs from the front garden to soul satisfying soups and pastas and slow braised meats. We highly recommend whatever sounds good. The menu changes daily. Their motto is "local first, organic whenever possible, with aloha always". Service can be spotty, but the food is worth it. Kid-friendly, pet-friendly (outside dining area) and people-friendly, this is a place you'll wish was in your neighborhood; I know I do. Reservations are recommended for dinner.
Feeling romantic and want to splurge on one meal in Honolulu? Look no further than the newly opened Beachhouse, a fine-dining steak & seafood restaurant in the Moana Surfrider. The restaurant is simply stunning visually and the food is exceptional due in no small part to the culinary talents of executive chef Rodney Uyehara and a solid team of experienced chefs and cooks. Following the trend of using the finest local produce available, Chef Uyehara uses his considerable skills to transform steakhouse standards into highly refined and modernized versions of classic side dishes. Creamed spinach features Kula-grown greens, onion rings are made with sweet Maui onions and sauteed mushrooms come from the highly regarded Hamakua Farm on the Big Island. You'll swoon over the seafood appetizer for two featuring the finest sushi-grade ahi, succulent Alaskan King crab, delicate oysters, texture-rich abalone and sweet shrimp with a trio of dipping sauces. Some would chose the filet mignon, but we suggest the bone-in rib eye for its pure beef flavor. Seafood selections, pork chops and chicken are offered as well, but really, get the beef. Dessert is not forgotten and the whimsically presented ginger ale float with fresh tropical fruit, vanilla ice cream and housemade ginger snaps is light and refreshing. The restaurant is gorgeous in sand washed tones of blue, cream and tan that softly glow in the flicker of candlelight. Perfect for a romantic dinner, whispered sweet nothings will be heard only by your loved one thanks to the graceful spacing of tables and banquettes in the dining room, or chose the spacious lanai if you come at sunset or just want to enjoy the gentle tradewinds of the tropical night. It will be a dinner to remember.
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