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On an average September day, I ditched a week’s worth of groceries to fly 5 hours to Honolulu, Hawaii at the spur of the moment.
It was one of those moments you read online and wonder “Did that person really just drop everything and fly their butt down there?!”
Granted, I only stayed a week– but it was a food lover’s DREAM.
Whether you want breakfast, pasta, pizza, mango barbecue ribs, and ESPECIALLY Japanese food, you’re going to find DELICIOUS food in Honolulu.
Let me tell you… I live in Los Angeles where we have Little Tokyo. And you think to yourself– we’ve got really good food here, may or may not be authentic, but it’s probably better than having Japanese food in a place like Peachtree City, Georgia (which is not actually the case). Well, let me yell this to you– JAPANESE FOOD in Honolulu is LEGIT.
It made me fall in love with Japanese food and if you’re on your way there right now, these places (that I’m about to recommend to you) better be on your list.
I’m going to get right to it. If there’s ANYWHERE you’re going to grab a bite to eat, it HAS to be this place! Shirokiya Japan Village Walk is a food court that has such a variety of different Japanese foods in one area. I ate there almost every day and I was hardly disappointed!
But not just food, this place has probably the cheapest beer you’ll find anywhere with a pretty decent selection. They carried Golden Road Brewery IPAs while I was there. There’s no wonder why a bunch of locals love to eat here.
My absolute favorite is Butsasoba Ramen Red from Chanpontei. Imagine a Korean-Japanese fusion ramen or rather if spicy pork bulgogi had its own soup, this would be it.
If you’ve got the late night munchies, like you’ve just got off the plane and it’s 10pm, dying of hunger, and you want to eat A LOT, this place closes at 1AM (Sunday – Thursday) and 2AM (Friday – Saturday). But the real kicker here is there happy hour that starts at 10PM. You can either choose a la carte or… AYCE– all you can eat sushi. Now be warned, this is not your typical AYCE sushi. This is more like all you can eat hand rolls, but the winner is that they include toro, which is a fattier part of tuna that’s usually expensive to get back in Los Angeles.
I stumbled on this place mostly by chance. I was looking for another Japanese food court (that was unimpressive) when I found people lining up for this place. And you know, when there are people waiting, it usually means it’s good!
I’ve never had udon like this before. The broth was just to die for– so rich and flavorful, not like those instant ramen you find at the grocery store. Try Niku udon with a few pieces of tempura for your visit. 🙂
Okay, enough about Japanese food. Let’s highlight a dish that seems pretty popular in Honolulu– that’s mango barbecue ribs. Enjoy your day sitting only steps away from Waikiki while getting your hands dirty on mango barbecue ribs.
If you’re a beef lover, you’ve got to head over Maui Brewing Company not just for beer, but for pizza! Not the mango barbecue ribs (because I had them along with the pizza and they couldn’t compare), but the freaking pizza.
Specifically? “The Butcher”– a meat lover’s dream.
While I can’t say anything about their breakfast menu except for that many people were eating there, I can attest to the fact that they know how to make good freaking pasta. I ordered their lasagna which at first glance may seem like a little but it’ll fill you up and you’ll wish you didn’t have a flight to catch so you could take home the leftovers.
The breakfast haven of Honolulu, incomparable to iHOP, you’ll find the best breakfast in Honolulu featuring fresh orange and GUAVA juice, crab cake benedicts, and island favorites such as their own Hawaiian style Loco Moco, Portuguese sausage & eggs, and Pineapple Plaintain Pork Chop & eggs.