Aloha! Greetings from Hawaii! I went on an epic food tour adventure and it’s all below to share with you! We ate lots of poke, ramen, tonkatsu, sushi + more. Oh and can’t forget shaved ice which is unlike any kind I’ve ever had, same goes for poke!
At the end you’ll see the full list (some on the list not shown through pics) and some explanations of the best places below! You can always keep up on my instagram hashtag #llindseytravels and at @lindseyeatsla + @llindseyl for more from the trip!
Spam Musubi From Musubi Cafe: They have a bunch all over town so be sure to stop by!
Pineapple Dole Whip from the Dole Plantation: They have tours where they show you the grounds but there is also a big gift shop where you can buy souvenirs and get food. It’s in a really remote area surrounded by beautiful greenz everywhere!
Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck: There are 2 locations and normally super busy, I went on the earlier side on a weekday and there wasn’t as big of a line as usual. Serving up traditional Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp with rice!
Shaved iced from Matsumoto! A popular shaved ice place in North Shore. Another great spot for shaved ice in Waikiki is Walia Shaved Ice.
Shaka! Stuffed sweet bean with acai and vanilla soft serve at Kokoro Cafe (inside a shopping center right off the beach of Waikiki)
Definitely head to the Japanese Villages! There is such a large amount of Japanese food in Hawaii that is NOT to be missed. There are two different kinds that both have great offerings (from the likes of dumplings, tempura, sweets, ramen and more!!). One is in the huge mall in Waikiki called Shirokiya Japan Village Walk. The other one is called Waikiki Yokocho Japanese food hall - where the above picture was taken at ramen stall in the walk called Baikohken (which was definitely one of the best ramens I’ve ever had!
Tokatsu Ginza Bairin had some of the best pork tonkotsu I’ve ever had as well and it was a really special experience. It’s such a classic in Hawaii and it’s been around for so many years, it’s so authentic and done right.
We started off with a cucumber salad (I just love to always order cucumber salads from freshness and crunch! It’s a great palette cleanser as well) + we ordered their most popular tonkotsu. It came with dipping sauces, rice and a cabbage salad.
What else was really fun about this experience is that you ground up your own sesame seeds to make your tonkotsu sauce. Everything was delicious!
For a quick + easy hike to a gorgeous waterfall (and an amazing view on the way) head to Manoa Falls! It’s green and gorgeous + not a hard hike.
Hawaii wouldn’t be the same without Leonard’s! Lines, ALWAYS, these Malasadas are a Hawaii staple.
Sushi Izakaya Imanas is a super local sushi spot that won’t break the bank (granted it’s not super cheap either!). There are a lot of higher end sushi spots in the area, but this is a mid-level place that I can get behind with an adorable and quaint ambience and fresh sushi.
Piggy Smalls has DELICIOUS Vietnamese food. A standout is definitely the pho french dip - with a dip in a really rich pho broth. They have a sister restaurant called Pig and the Lady that is similar.
All the food places we visited
Joes Express Grill - super quick on the go plate lunch right next to the Honolulu freeway!
Helena’s - ask to get all their staples (ribs, kalua pork, etc.)
Shirokiya Japanese Walk
Tokatsu Ginza Bairin
Yokocho Japanese Walk
Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck
Fort Rugers Market
Kahuku Superette - my top and favorite poke we tried!
Yama’s Fish Market
Walia Shaved Ice
Matsumoto Shaved Ice
Alan Wong’s - more of the pricier side, asian influenced food, delicious for a special occasion
Opal Thai - some of the BEST thai food I’ve ever had (and I’m a thai food FIEND, definitely put this on your radar and make a resy beforehand). food has so much flavor, good quality ingredients and the people that run it are so sweet and welcoming.
Pig & The Lady
Sushi Izakaya Imanas
Kalbi on Fire - yumz korean truck right where Giovanni’s is on in North Shore.
Itchy Butt - korean fried chicken
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