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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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.
Helena's is the place to taste the genius of native Hawaiian cuisine: the interplay of earthy and oceanic flavors.
Honolulu's Rainbow Drive-In is a top spot for hefty, affordable plate lunch that is the island ideal.
The shave ice is nice at this surfer spot, and made-to-order poke is one of the best best bites on the North Shore of Maui.
Pono is a warehouse kitchen open six days a week for retail, selling great custard pies that are gluten- and dairy-free. Breadfruit is the key.