Serious Eats: Talk
Back in Jan. I asked about where to eat on Oahu (http://www.seriouseats.com/talk/2014/01/where-to-eat-on-oahu.html). In the spirit of sharing, here's where we ate (our time was split between the North Shore and Waikiki):
Koa Pancake House (Valkenburgh St. Honolulu) - First place we ate after landing and picking up our rental car. The guy at the rental car company recommended it. Pros: It was cheap, decent, and portions are huge. Cons: They don't seem to use salt or pepper in the kitchen, the employees were pretty darn rude. Conclusion: Wouldn't go again.
Lei Lei's Bar (Turtle Bay Resort) - Best Pina Coladas and Mai Tais we had the whole trip!
The Elephant Truck (Thai food truck; Haleiwa next to Food Land) - Excellent Thai, really interesting menu. Sad we only got to go there one night, everything on the menu sounded outstanding! Note: Not open on Thursdays.
Opal Thai (Haleiwa) - Wanted to go here. Showed up. Hours on the sign said they were open, but they were closed.
Souvaly Thai Mobile (Thai food truck; Haleiwa) - Average-to-mediocre Thai, good prices, large portions. Go to The Elephant Truck instead. Go here if you don't have other Thai options.
Ted's Bakery (Haleiwa) - Went here solely to try pie. Chocolate Haupia did not disappoint. Breakfast sandwiches are really good, too (on homemade rolls).
Cholo's Mexican (Haleiwa) - More like fast food Mexican, but okay if that's what you want. The rice and beans were good, the rest was iffy. Probably wouldn't go again.
Hula Grill (Waikiki) - Pleasantly surprised by this place. Food was really great, and so were the drinks. Our server was over-friendly, but that's really the only complaint. Good prices for Waikiki and and for the quality of the food.
Duke's (Waikiki) - Another pleasant surprise (sister restaurant of Hula Grill). The drink menu is the same as Hula Grill (and they are good!). The food here was also pretty good, more casual than Hula Grill. Good prices. Crowded, but nice atmosphere.
to be cont'd...