What To Eat in Hawaii
The best eats in paradise are fresh poke, shave ice, and the Portuguese-ancestored fritters known as malasadas. Plate lunch restaurants abound throughout the islands.
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Sam Sato’s specializes in Saimin, Hawaii’s riff on Ramen. However, dry noodles are the "mein" attraction: one of the best noodle bowls anywhere.
A working organic farm with a superb concession shop, Hana bakes special treats that include famous banana bread.
Hearty Hawaiian plate lunches with a Japanese name on the front. Maui’s best katsu is found at this Wailuku classic Japanese deli.
A chef with baking and butchery chops takes on rib-sticking Hawaiian breakfast with delightful results. Lilikoi pancakes are astounding.
The Big Island’s busiest counter serves colorful, artistic mochi desserts with unusual fillings, including fresh island fruit.
From the tuna barons of the Kekaulike market in Chinatown come flawless poke and shimmering cuts of fine tuna presented casually, on Styrofoam.
Side Street Inn is a sports bar that serves massive portions of Hawaiian pub grub to families and off-the-clock chefs late at night.
Hawaiian Style is a small chain of diners with big portions and real island flavor. Specialties are the three “Ps”: pukalah, poke, and pancakes.
Liliha, a bakery/cafe famous for such island classics as malasadas and taro donuts, is best-known for its unique Coco Puff.