Nanzan GiroGiro

Seven-course kaiseki dinner served alongside an open kitchen. Menu changes monthly.


560 Pensacola St., Honolulu HI 96814


Hours: Dinner only, closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Prices: 7 courses for $50, dessert an additional $8


Leonard's Bakery

Heavenly Malasadas (Portuguese donut without a hole).  Our hips and stomachs are happy that this bakery doesn't exist in LA. 

933 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu HI 96816


Hours: Sun-Thu 5:30am - 10pm, Fri-Sat 5:30am - 11pm

Prices: Malasadas $1.00/ea Malasadas puff $1.35/ea



Helena's Hawaiian Food

Authentic Hawaiian food. Pipikaula Short ribs and Fried Butterfish Collar are Yeonhee's favorites. It is a tiny place, so expect a line.

1240 N School St, Honolulu HI 96817


Hours: Tue-Fri 10:30am - 7:30pm

Prices: $10-$15 per person


Japanese nabe/shabu shabu restaurant. We only tried the lunch menu, which was good. Make sure to leave room for green tea shaved ice.

510 Piikoi St. Honolulu, HI 96814


Hours: LUNCH 11am - 4pm Daily, DINNER 4pm - 11pm Sun-Thu, 4pm - 12am Fri & Sat

Prices: Build your own Nabe (lunch) $11.95

Goma Tei Ramen 

Small Japanese ramen place Yeonhee enjoyed.  Great service and good food. It was her first time trying sesame flavored broth and to her surprise, it was pretty good! 

1200 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814


Hours: Mon-Thu 11 am - 9:30 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am - 10 pm, Sun 11 am - 9 pm

Price: $8-$11

photo via Yelp

photo via Yelp

Side Street Inn

Featured in Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, this place is sure to quench the thirst of beer drinkers and fill the bellies of cheap bar food lovers alike.  Fried pork chops was our favorite. 

1225 Hopaka St, Honolulu, HI 96814


Hours: Mon-Sun 2 pm - 2 am

Prices: $15-$22 


Fried pork chop via yelp

Fried pork chop via yelp

Hula Dog Hawaii

Hawaiian style hot dogs. There is a hole (Puka) in the bread so you don't have to worry about the sausage separating from the bread or veggies. All of their relishes are pretty sweet.  

2301 Kuhio Ave. #2, Honolulu HI 96815


Hours: Mon-Sun 10am to 10pm

Prices: $6.75 - $6.99


Island Vintage Coffee

They serve 100% Kona coffee (mmmm) and a yummy Acai bowl.  They have several locations throughout Honolulu. Yeonhee visited the one in the Royal Hawaiian Center. Good place to stop by while you are shopping in Waikiki. 

2301 Kalakaua Avenue #C215 Honolulu, HI 96815

Hours: Mon-Sun 6am to 11pm


Giovanni's Shrimp Truck

Expect long lines and outdoor seating in the warm weather. Still, it's definitely worth trying if you plan on visiting the North Shore area. Shrimp Scampi was really delicious!! If you like spicy food, just ask for the hot sauce on the side. DO NOT order "Hot and Spicy" as Yeonhee and her sister threw away half of their order. 

66-472 Kamehameha Hwy Haleiwa, HI 96712 ‎


Hours: Mon-Sun 10:30am to 5pm

Prices: Shrimp Scampi $13


Sushi Sasabune

Yeonhee and her sister did the omakase here and they both agreed that it was the best sushi experience ever. EVER. It's also known as nazi sushi. There are some rules you have to follow otherwise they won't serve you!! It is very pricy but you can stop at any time before the next course comes out. Omakase only at the sushi bar so make sure you make a reservation.

1417 S King St, Honolulu HI 96814


yelp review 

Hours: Tue-Fri 12 pm - 2 pm Tue-Sat 5:30 pm - 10 pm

Prices: 13 courses omakase $180/person