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Honolulu, HI

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  • Kalua Pig
    short rib
  • Laulau
    popular; pork wrapped in taro leaf; looks good
  • Short Ribs pipikaula style
    popular; looks good
4.5 out of 5
3142 ratings
#31 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); James Beard Award Recipient 2000
Mana Bu'sSee Mana Bu's Video ($)
(445 ratings)

1618 S King St Map It!
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 358-0287
www.hawaiimusubi.com
  • Spam Musubi
    spam-filled rice rolls wrapped in dry seaweed
4.5 out of 5
445 ratings
restaurant closes once food sells out
  • Soup and Kalua Pig Sandwich
    chilled orange and yellow vine-ripened Hamakua springs tomato soup served in a martini glass in a ying-yang pattern plus a grilled mozzarella cheese, foie gras, kalua pig sandwich served on a long flat cheese crisp spanning over the martini glass
4.0 out of 5
2089 ratings
[CLOSED]
  • Chicago Dog
    w/ mustard, raw onion, imported relish, pickle, tomato, sport peppers
  • Fat Boy
    hot dog wrapped in bacon, deep fried served with mayo, tomato and lettuce...HDBLT
  • Lobster Dog
    available only on certain days; most popular special hot dog; grounded fish, shrimp, lobster tail
  • Big Hawaiian
    foot-long all beef sausage topped w/ poi BBQ sauce, pickled onions, pineapple relish, Kalua pulled pork and shredded cabbage; looks good
  • Chicago Italian Beef
    traditional Italian beef sandwich (w/ sauteed peppers and giardiniera) but topped w/ truffle cheese sauce for a twist; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1048 ratings
opened in 2007; hot dogs; bun shipped from Chicago
Hy's Steak House ($$$)
(1383 ratings)

2440 Kuhio Ave Map It!
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 922-5555
hyswaikiki.com
As Seen On:
Best Thing I Ever Ate, Episode: "On A Date"
  • Tomahawk Pork Chop
    dry aged up to 30 days; grilled over local wood w/ proprietary spice; coated in mango chutney & served w/ vegetables
4.0 out of 5
1383 ratings
est. 1976; local staple known for quality meats w/ Hawaiian preparation
Jawaiian Irie Jerk Restaurant [CLOSED] ($$)
(530 ratings)

3574 Waialae Ave Map It!
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 388-2917
  • Jamaican Curry Goat
    a Jamaican favorite; tender chunks of goat meat marinated overnight, seared & simmered in a Caribbean curry sauce; served w/ rice & peas; "I'm not kidding ya...it's that phenomenal!"-Guy Fieri; looks good
  • Jerk Wings & Festival
    wings marinated overnight in Jamaican jerk spice sauce then grilled & finished in oven; festival is a semi-sweetened dumpling made from unbleached flour, cornmeal, spices & then deep-fried; looks good
4.0 out of 5
530 ratings
[CLOSED]; also a food truck
JJ Dolan'sSee JJ Dolan's Video ($$)
(1283 ratings)

1147 Bethel St Map It!
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 537-4992
www.jjdolans.com
As Seen On:
Man Finds Food, Episode: "Food Abides"
  • Drunken Duck Pizza
    off-menu item; "east-meats-west" pizza; thin crust w/ mozzarella, shredded red & white cabbage, Chinese roasted duck, Irish whiskey-sweated Maui sweet onions, goat cheese, cilantro, duck egg & sprinkled w/ deep-fried duck skin cracklings; "some of the best pizza I've ever had in my life" -Adam Richman
4.0 out of 5
1283 ratings
"an Irish pub with New York style pizza from two guys in Chinatown" (from its website)
Murphy's Bar & GrillSee Murphy's Bar & Grill Video ($$)
(502 ratings)

2 Merchant St Map It!
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 531-0422
murphyshawaii.com
4.0 out of 5
502 ratings
MW Restaurant ($$$)
(1178 ratings)

1538 Kapiolani Blvd Map It!
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 955-6505
mwrestaurant.com
  • Chinese Roast Duck & Pork Hash Quesadilla
    flour tortilla, roast duck & pork hash, cheddar, provolone & mozzarella; topped w/ hoisin-Sriracha chili sauce, avocado salsa & cilantro; served w/ local greens & vinaigrette
4.0 out of 5
1178 ratings
est. 2013; locally sourced, refined Hawaiian cuisine & cocktails
Nico's Pier 38See Nico's Pier 38 Video ($$)
(3549 ratings)

1129 N Nimitz Hwy Map It!
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 540-1377
www.nicospier38.com
  • Double-Patty Marlin Burger
  • Stuffed Opah with Watercrest Cream Sauce
    stuffed w/ crab meat; "crazy good!"; looks good
  • Fish Loco Moco
    fish on a bed of rice, topped w/ a fried egg & béchamel sauce made w/ fish stock, Swiss & gruyere cheese; looks good
  • Furikake Pan-Seared Ahi
    fresh tuna Ahi steak coated w/ Japanese dried seaweed & sesame seeds; cooked to order from rare to well done; served w/ Nico’s ginger garlic cilantro dip; looks good
4.0 out of 5
3549 ratings
French chef; restaurant at pier; get fish at auction house across street in early morning (freshest fish); "$30-dishes for under $10"
Opal ThaiSee Opal Thai Video ($$)
(591 ratings)

1030 Smith St Map It!
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 381-8091
opalthai.com
  • Glazed Garlic Chicken Wings
    classic Thai dish; fried wings tossed in pan of garlic, chili paste, veggie broth & light rice soy, palm nectar mix; topped w/ deep-fried basil leaves; looks good
  • Larb
    Thai salad made of ground pork; fish sauce, lime juice, palm nectar; red onion, cilantro, green onion, mint, roasted sweet rice & roasted chili; to eat, wrap in lettuce leaf; looks good
  • Pad Thai Shrimp
    top seller; w/ North Shore white shrimp; first try regular, then squeeze lime juice, then add chili flakes; looks good
  • Country Style Noodles
    chicken, shrimp, egg, fish sauce, chili, garlic, green onion & egg noodles; served w/ lime, shredded cabbage & carrots
  • Khao Soi
    traditional North Thai dish; soup w/ shrimp, egg noodles & pickled vegetables; base of curry paste, khao soi powder, coconut milk, vegetable broth, palm nectar & soy; topped w/ red & green onions, cilantro, crispy noodles & lime; looks good
4.0 out of 5
591 ratings
originally a food truck; moved from airing Haleiwa location to bigger location in Honolulu; Other Recipes: Thai Stir-Fry
Pig & The LadySee Pig & The Lady Video ($$)
(2511 ratings)

83 N King St Map It!
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 585-8255
thepigandthelady.com
As Seen On:
Man Finds Food, Episode: "Food Abides"
  • Mushroom Godzilla
    off-menu item; two patty-sized dehydrated mushroom caps stuffed w/ cheddar, roasted bell peppers, breaded & deep-fried; served on buns w/ Chimichurri sauce & topped w/ house beer vinegar slaw, slices of slow-roasted brisket & Russian dressing; looks messy (and good!)
4.0 out of 5
2511 ratings
started in 2011 as a pop-up in farmers market...now a brick-and-mortar hotspot; "We serve foods that inspire us on a whim and feature guest chefs and emerging artists to help promote and support the local food movement" (from its website)
Rainbow Drive-In ($)
(4424 ratings)

3308 Kanaina Ave Map It!
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 737-0177
www.rainbowdrivein.com
  • Chili Dog Plate
    popular; chili + 2 wieners + 2 scoops of rice + 1 scoop of mac salad; looks good
  • Loco Moco Plate
    2 hamburger patties w/ gravy and topped w/ 2 sunny-side up eggs; comes w/ standard 2 scoops of rice and 1 scoop of mac salad
4.0 out of 5
4424 ratings
opened in 1961; geared toward the working person, philosophy is to serve plates with generous portions of hearty, simple food, with two scoops of rice and a side of macaroni salad at a reasonable price; Other Recipes: Shoyu Chicken
Side Street Inn ($$)
(1790 ratings)

1225 Hopaka St Map It!
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 591-0253
sidestreetinn.com
As Seen On:
Man v. Food Nation, Episode: "Feast Special"
  • Special In-House Meal
    7-item meal: Ahi Poke, soy beans, chicken salad, award-winning wok fried rice, boneless spicy chicken, pan-fried island pork chops, bone-in Kalbi short ribs; require a minimum of 15 guests and must order in advance
4.0 out of 5
1790 ratings
opened in 1992
M.A.C. 24/7 ($$)
(1894 ratings)

2500 Kuhio Ave Map It!
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 921-5564
www.mac247waikiki.com
As Seen On:
Man v. Food, Episode: "Honolulu"
  • Mac Daddy Pancakes
    challenge - 3 13-inch pancakes + 1-lb of toppings; Adam lost
3.5 out of 5
1894 ratings
Town [CLOSED]See Town Video ($$)
(838 ratings)

3435 Waialae Ave Map It!
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 735-5900
www.townkaimuki.com
As Seen On:
Man Finds Food, Episode: "Food Abides"
  • Pa'i'ai
    off-menu item; Hawaiian classic of mashed taro root, pattied & pan-fried; served sometimes w/ fish, sometimes w/ beef...varies every week; just ask "what's the pa'i'ai prep for the day?"; at airing, served w/ sliced rib-eye steak; looks good
3.5 out of 5
838 ratings
[CLOSED]; recognized in multiple publications (Bon Appetit, Travel & Leisure, Elle Magazine, Gourmet Magazine), multiple awards & James Beard Foundation semi-finalist; ever-changing menu serving only locally farmed good
As Seen On:
Man v. Food Nation, Episode: "Oahu"
  • Moose Omelet Challenge
    challenge: 5-lb, 12-egg omelet w/ 4 meats, 4 cheeses and served over potatoes in 1 hr; Lauren Takao (100-lb local teacher, mother and food challenge champ) lost
3.0 out of 5
495 ratings
[CLOSED]; opened in 1980; other locations in Maui and Kihei
Pagoda Hotel & RestaurantSee Pagoda Hotel & Restaurant Video ($$)
(230 ratings)

1525 Rycroft St Map It!
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 941-6611
www.pagodahotel.com
As Seen On:
Buffet Paradise
  • Buffet
    available only for dinner, Fri - Sun; blend of Asian, Western and Hawaiian flavors including Island sashimi, sushi, prime rib of beef & snow crab legs
2.5 out of 5
230 ratings
rating might be for hotel; restaurant name: Pagoda Floating Restaurant; popular w/ locals; surrounded by koi ponds & a Japanese garden
Honolulu, HI   (18 restaurants)    

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