Honolulu, HI

  (16 restaurants)    
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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
2120 ratings
#31 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); James Beard Award Recipient 2000
  • Spam Musubi
    spam-filled rice rolls wrapped in dry seaweed
4.5 out of 5
367 ratings
CLOSED; 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
1883 ratings
  • 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
846 ratings
opened in 2007; hot dogs; bun shipped from Chicago
J.J. Dolan's: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
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(1044 ratings)

1147 Bethel St Map It!
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 537-4992
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
1044 ratings
"an Irish pub with New York style pizza from two guys in Chinatown" (from its website)
  • 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'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
529 ratings
CLOSED; also a food truck
4.0 out of 5
448 ratings
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(2820 ratings)

1133 N Nimitz Hwy Map It!
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 540-1377
4.0 out of 5
2820 ratings
French chef; restaurant at pier; get fish at auction house across street in early morning (freshest fish); "$30-dishes for under $10"
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(164 ratings)

1030 Smith St Map It!
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 381-8091
  • 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
4.0 out of 5
164 ratings
originally a food truck; moved from airing Haleiwa location; Other Recipes: Thai Stir-Fry
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
1666 ratings
started in 2011 as a pop-up in farmers 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)
  • 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
3222 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
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Side Street Inn
(1608 ratings)

1225 Hopaka St Map It!
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 591-0253
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
1608 ratings
opened in 1992
Mac 24/7: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Mac 24/7
(1505 ratings)

2500 Kuhio Ave Map It!
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 921-5564
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
1505 ratings
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TownSee Town Video
(797 ratings)

3435 Wai'alae Ave Map It!
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 735-5900
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
797 ratings
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
439 ratings
opened in 1980; other locations in Maui and Kihei
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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
203 ratings
rating might be for hotel; restaurant name: Pagoda Floating Restaurant; popular w/ locals; surrounded by koi ponds & a Japanese garden
Honolulu, HI   (16 restaurants)    

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