Side Street Inn

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Service: The service is wonderful at the new Side Street Inn on Da Strip! from the moment the valet opened the car door, to the moment we were seated the service was excellent. The staff was smiling, happy, and down right pleasant through the entire meal. Its rare to find such good service and it commendable!

Food: The food is served family style so its the perfect place to go with lots of friends & family for pupus or dinner. The menu is very typical of a local style restaurant with lots of Asian and Island flavors, lots of meat dishes, appetizers and overall good grindz.  Each dish was served hot, fresh and in a timely manner so its no wonder the place was packed!

Favorite Dishes: Nalo Green Salad (big and delicious), Pork Chops, Hoisin BBQ Baby Back Ribs (all ribs are just delicious!), Garlic Soy Beans, and drum roll….Peanut Butter Crunch dessert. Sooooo freaken good!  (Tip: Don’t order the fried rice, its very heavy and not very crispy)

Atmosphere: The new side street in has a great atmosphere. The restaurant has ample seating and airy high ceilings prefect for absorbing all the noise. The Side Street in has both booth and table seating making it a very homey, bright and modern restaurant you can feel comfortable wearing anything in.

Consistency: We have only been to this new location once but the food is consistently tasty with the other Side Street Inn location on 1225 Hopaka St.

Parking: Oh the parking… yes not our favorite part of the evening seeing as the only convenient place to park is the valet service provided by the restaurant at a $5 fee without tip! Don’t get me wrong… I’ll pay for valet but if I eat at the restaurant I hope to get a better deal than $7-$8 per a visit. Of course you can always find free street parking on Kapahulu if your lucky.

Price Range: Medium ($8-$20-Market Price) per Entree
No BYOB Allowed
Reservations Recommended
Take Out Available

Address:
614 Kapahulu Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel: (808) 591-0253 or 596-8282
Website: www.sidestreetinn.com

1225 Hopaka St.
Honolulu, HI 96814
Tel:(808) 591-0253 or 596-8282

Hours of Operation:
Hopaka St – Sunday – Saturday 2:00 pm – 2:00 am
Da Strip – Please call restaurant as hours for new location are TBD

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Pineapple Room

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Service: The service is the only thing really lacking at this restaurant. Typically the staff is very helpful and friendly however, super slow to take your order and follow up with drink refills and other requests (i.e.  by the time  extra ketchup arrived at the table we had already devoured the fries!). The bar has much better service and if your aiming for more of a eat & shop experience that’s where you should sit.

Food: The food is delicious at Alan Wong’s Pineapple Room! The food is inspired by fresh local grown ingredients and diverse cultures in Hawaii. The food is fresh and definitely speaks to Pacific & Hawaii Regional Cuisine.

Favorite Dishes: Garlic Stir-fried Soy Beans, Steamed “Chinese Style” Onaga, Any Fresh Fish Dish, “Pineapple Room” Ceaser Salad (like a chopped salad with Kailua Pork), Seared Ahi Steak & Tofu Salad (TIP: ask for two pieces of Tofu instead of the Ahi Steak its the star of the dish), Kailua Pig “BLT”, Hamburger with French Fries (ask for them extra crispy), and the Chocolate Crunch Bar.

Atmosphere: The atmosphere of the pineapple room is light, tropical and elegant. They do an excellent job of including  Hawaiian textures and prints into the featured artwork as well as the furniture/kitchen. The restaurant has wonderful windows that give nice day light to the dinning area. You can also sit at the bar if you like which is faster and and also very pleasant but not quite as Hawaiian in its feel.

Consistency: The pineapple rooms food is consistently good and the service is consistently slow!

Parking: One of the many advantages of going to this restaurant is its located in Macy’s at Ala Moana Shopping Center. To avoid the parking frenzy that can occur at this shopping hub we recommend going directly to the third floor of the garage and park as close to Macy’s as you can. Parking is free anywhere in the mall and the roof is usually pretty open (TIP: If you are a shade junky beware the third floor is not covered!)

Price Range: Medium ($15-$26) per Entree
Corkage Fee: $15 per bottle
(NOTE: You cannot bring wine that restaurant serves on there wine list)
Reservations Recommended

Address:
1450 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu HI, 96814
Phone Number: 808.945.6573
Fax: 808.945.5246
Website: www.alanwongs.com/

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: (weekends only)
Sat: 8AM-10:30AM Sun: 9am-10:30am
Lunch: Mon-Sat: 11AM-4PM Sun: 11am-3pm
Dinner: Mon-Sat: 4pm-8:30pm


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Kaka’ako Kitchen

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Service: The service is excellent at Kaka’ako Kitchen. They have a very low employee turnover rate and all the staff goes above and beyond their job descriptions to provide provide excellent and personable service.

Food: The food is really good at Kaka’ako Kitchen. It’s a favorite spot of locals and they serve great plate lunches which are always fresh and hit the spot every time! You can also order your plate with either fresh Nalo greens, crispy fries, or macaroni salad depending on what your in the mood for and what fits into your dieting.

Favorite Dishes: Fried Rice (only served at breakfast), Furikake Mahi Wrap, Seared Ahi Chop Salad, Furikake Tempura Catfish (extra delicious!), Sweet Chili Chicken, and Fresh Catch of the Day. (TIP: The salad dressing is to-die-for and you can also purchase a bottle for $7 to take home)

Atmosphere: The restaurant is one where you order at the counter, pay, take a number and then they bring your plate to where you select to sit. There are both outdoor (covered) and indoor seating available and its a great place to go for a quick bite. The atmosphere is laid back and it’s the perfect place to people watch.

Consistency: The food is consistently excellent and exactly what you expect it to be every time! We have never been disappointed with the food.

Parking: The good news is parking is free at Ward Center. The bad news is you have to fight for your spot! It’s recommended to park in the lot across from the movie theater and walk across the street or tackle the parking structure.

Price Range: Low ($8-$12) per Entree
No Alcohol Permitted
Phone & Fax Orders Accepted!

Address:
1200 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814
Telephone: (808) 596-7488
Fax: (808) 596-9114
For Catering: (808) 596-7491
Website: www.wardcenters.com/dining/merchants/kakaakokitchen.html

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday – 8am-9pm
Friday-Saturday – 8am-10pm
Sunday – 8am-5pm

Big City Diner

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Service: The service is always very good at all the Big City Diners. The staff has a lot of Aloha and you always feel right at home.

Food: The food is excellent. The menu screams classic American “diner” but with a local flare. There is something for everyone at the Big City Diner and its sure to become your families favorite! They also have an excellent Happy Hour Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm with your favorite dine-in pupus at 50% OFF and $1 OFF big beers, house wines and well drinks. Big City Diner also features a weekly menu selection of $10 entrees which are delicious, fresh and make the menu really exciting.

Favorite Dishes: Ultimate Vegetable Omelet, Bloody Marys (designated as breakfast food), Fresh Fish & Eggs, Fried Rice, Ramen, Salmon Salad, Paniolo Chicken Salad, Taco Salad, Upcountry Veggie Sandwich and many others!

Atmosphere: The atmosphere is nothing fancy but that’s part of the charm. Its a place where you can never be under dressed and is perfect for spending time and a quick bite with friends and family. Each location has the same homely environment and they even have a treasure chest and balloons for the keiki’s! yay!

Consistency: Each location is excellent and we never leave disappointed.

Parking: For the Kaimuki location the best place to park is at the Kaimuki shopping center. For the Ward Center location directly across from the movie theater is a good place to start looking for parking or in front of Nordstrom’s Rack. If you are in a rush you can valet on the second floor of the movie theater parking lot for $5.

Price Range: Low ($8-$20) per Entree (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
No Corkage Fee!!
Take Out Available
Reservations Not Needed

Addresses:
Big City Diner – Kaimuki
3569 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu – (808) 738-8855
Website: http://bigcitydinerhawaii.com/

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Big City Diner – Ward Center
1060 Auahi Street, Honolulu – (808) 591-8891

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Hours of Operation:
Sun-Thursday: 7AM-10PM
Fri-Sat: 7AM-12AM (midnight is last seating)

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