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Old Jun 19, 22, 7:03 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyinHawaiian View Post
I have tried the first two (and Saigon Cafe) but not Ripple of Smiles; may spock it out next month (mahalo for that).
When they first opened, Ripple of Smiles was our go-to. It then seemed that new management took over and we had a very bad meal. Have not gone back, so if you do try it out, please post.
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Old Jun 19, 22, 7:41 pm
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I assume you have tried Hale Vietnam, Broken Rice, and Ripple of Smiles?
I love Broken Rice
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June Recap:

Midrange
Manoa - Feast (Dinner) - Still the best lobster roll in Honolulu. I also liked the hamburger steak plate.
Their chicken shawarma plate is delicious too.
Speaking of shawarma, there used to be a guy who worked out of the house and a food truck on the corner of Kuhio and Kapuni in Waikiki with picnic tables to eat at. Habibi Tasty it was called. I was devastated when he left (there is a coffee truck, a Five Star poke truck and a shave ice/ice cream truck I think that are there now). Turns out he left to start his own restaurant in on S. King in Mo'ili'ili. The most amazing middle eastern meal I have ever had. I always had the chicken shawarma (far too often, I admit) but the lamb was apparently to die for. Potatoes, veggies, flatbread, the best hummus in the world and an amazing garlic yogurt sauce that I couldn't get enough of. It was my go-to place.

I have been anxiously awaiting the opening (he was still waiting on permits he said) but he was doing take out and delivery earlier this year (the prices you see are for two people) and he is now open! I haven't been yet but can't wait to go.. Do yourself a favor. I am salivating just thinking about it.
https://habibi-tasty.business.site
https://www.instagram.com/habibitasty/?hl=en

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Old Jun 19, 22, 8:28 pm
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Originally Posted by Finkface View Post
I love Broken Rice

Their chicken shawarma plate is delicious too.
Speaking of shawarma, there used to be a guy who worked out of his house and a food truck on the corner of Kuhio and Kapuni in Waikiki with picnic tables to eat at. Habibi Tasty it was called. I was devastated when he left (there is a coffee truck, a poke truck and a shave ice/ice cream truck I think that are there now). Turns out he left to start his own restaurant in on S. King in Kaimuki. The most amazing middle eastern meal I have ever had. I always had the chicken shawarma (far too often, I admit) but the lamb was apparently to die for. Potatoes, veggies, flatbread, the best hummus in the world and an amazing garlic yogurt sauce that I couldn't get enough of. It was my go-to place.

I have been anxiously awaiting the opening (he was still waiting on permits he said) but he was doing take out and delivery earlier this year (the prices you see are for two people) and he is now open! I haven't been yet but can't wait to go.. Do yourself a favor. I am salivating just thinking about it.
https://habibi-tasty.business.site
https://www.instagram.com/habibitasty/?hl=en
Thanks for the information. Looks great.

Just FYI, that area is not Kaimuki, but Mo'ili'ili. Also know as the "Old Stadium Park" area.
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Old Jun 20, 22, 2:05 pm
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Originally Posted by 747FC View Post
Thanks for the information. Looks great.

Just FYI, that area is not Kaimuki, but Mo'ili'ili. Also know as the "Old Stadium Park" area.
Lol, I meant to type Mo'ili'ili but I had Broken Rice in my head. I will correct.
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Old Jun 21, 22, 4:18 pm
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Hello all, I'll be heading out to Waikiki next month and will definitely try some of the suggestions here. I see lobster rolls has been suggested but any with crab rolls? Gotta say this thread is making it harder to wait until takeoff.
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Old Jun 21, 22, 5:55 pm
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Based upon FlyinHawaiian 's recommendation, Ms747FC and I rushed to Le's Banh Mi. Happy to report that we had the best Chicken Banh Mi we have had in years. While we greatly enjoyed it, the sauce on the chicken was a bit sweet. Service was good, the outdoor seating allowed us to eat it while the crusty roll was warm. Highly recommend. (PS: there is limited parking..best to go on a weekday....)

Will be trying out Paris Cafe for a comparison.
Just tried Paris Cafe's chicken Banh Mi. Much prefer Le's, which conforms to FlyinHawaiian . But for me, it was not even a close call. Too bad Le's parking makes it challenging.
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Old Jun 27, 22, 1:46 pm
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We'll be staying at the Price Waikiki in the marina for a few days next week. How easy is to get around town and to your recommendations without a car? We're especially interested in Tiny Pyramids, Earl's, Feast, Pipeline, Mud Hen.
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Old Jun 27, 22, 2:01 pm
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If you are willing to do mass transit, all of the above in your list are somewhere between easy and moderately easy to reach via mass transit. The Ala Moana Shopping Center (about a ten minute walk from The Prince to the appropriate area within the mall) is a major hub for TheBus. Google Maps will be of help in that regard. Otherwise, I believe there are rideshare services and taxis that can be used. Note that Feast is take-out only.
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Old Jun 27, 22, 10:21 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyinHawaiian View Post
If you are willing to do mass transit, all of the above in your list are somewhere between easy and moderately easy to reach via mass transit. The Ala Moana Shopping Center (about a ten minute walk from The Prince to the appropriate area within the mall) is a major hub for TheBus. Google Maps will be of help in that regard. Otherwise, I believe there are rideshare services and taxis that can be used. Note that Feast is take-out only.
And Feast is only a few blocks from Manoa Park, where one can.feast.
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Old Jul 2, 22, 1:23 am
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Lobster Roll Plate Lunch

EARL (both locations) had a special today, a Lobster Roll Plate Lunch. Lobster roll, Cole slaw, pasta salad $32. The roll was small, but overflowing with lobster.

Not a good value, but very good. Will be available on 7/2 so long as supplies last.
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Old Jul 7, 22, 12:35 am
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Originally Posted by Finkface View Post
Speaking of shawarma, there used to be a guy who worked out of the house and a food truck on the corner of Kuhio and Kapuni in Waikiki with picnic tables to eat at. Habibi Tasty it was called. I was devastated when he left (there is a coffee truck, a Five Star poke truck and a shave ice/ice cream truck I think that are there now). Turns out he left to start his own restaurant in on S. King in Mo'ili'ili. The most amazing middle eastern meal I have ever had. I always had the chicken shawarma (far too often, I admit) but the lamb was apparently to die for. Potatoes, veggies, flatbread, the best hummus in the world and an amazing garlic yogurt sauce that I couldn't get enough of. It was my go-to place.

I have been anxiously awaiting the opening (he was still waiting on permits he said) but he was doing take out and delivery earlier this year (the prices you see are for two people) and he is now open! I haven't been yet but can't wait to go.. Do yourself a favor. I am salivating just thinking about it.
https://habibi-tasty.business.site
https://www.instagram.com/habibitasty/?hl=en
Tried sampling Habibi-Tasty yesterday at 5:30, but their doors were locked and the place looked deserted.

So, I wandered around the strip mall just Ewa of Habibi, and found Aloha Vietnamese Foods, a restaurant that has been business for a decade, but was new to me: https://www.yelp.com/biz/aloha-vietn...foods-honolulu

The restaurant is take-out only. Appears to be family-run, and it is not fast food. I checked the Yelp ratings and spoke to a customer exiting the restaurant (he gave it high marks.) I tried the BBQ chicken and Lemon grass chicken banh mi, and they were both very good. Ms747FC rated them better than Le's (https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/34346428-post116.html). I definitely liked it better than Paris Cafe. We will be returning to sample the very extensive menu.
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Old Jul 7, 22, 5:38 am
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Originally Posted by 747FC View Post
Tried sampling Habibi-Tasty yesterday at 5:30, but their doors were locked and the place looked deserted.

So, I wandered around the strip mall just Ewa of Habibi, and found Aloha Vietnamese Foods, a restaurant that has been business for a decade, but was new to me: https://www.yelp.com/biz/aloha-vietn...foods-honolulu

The restaurant is take-out only. Appears to be family-run, and it is not fast food. I checked the Yelp ratings and spoke to a customer exiting the restaurant (he gave it high marks.) I tried the BBQ chicken and Lemon grass chicken banh mi, and they were both very good. Ms747FC rated them better than Le's (https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/34346428-post116.html). I definitely liked it better than Paris Cafe. We will be returning to sample the very extensive menu.
There's a vegan soft serve place in that strip mall called Niu Soft Serve that opened recently (before they were only at various farmers' markets, I think). That's on my list to try so I may have to double it up with a banh mi!
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Old Jul 7, 22, 12:50 pm
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Originally Posted by 747FC View Post
Tried sampling Habibi-Tasty yesterday at 5:30, but their doors were locked and the place looked deserted.

So, I wandered around the strip mall just Ewa of Habibi, and found Aloha Vietnamese Foods, a restaurant that has been business for a decade, but was new to me: https://www.yelp.com/biz/aloha-vietn...foods-honolulu

The restaurant is take-out only. Appears to be family-run, and it is not fast food. I checked the Yelp ratings and spoke to a customer exiting the restaurant (he gave it high marks.) I tried the BBQ chicken and Lemon grass chicken banh mi, and they were both very good. Ms747FC rated them better than Le's (https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/34346428-post116.html). I definitely liked it better than Paris Cafe. We will be returning to sample the very extensive menu.
According to his Insta, they are only open Thursday-Sunday. Give it another try. If it is as good as it was when he had the food truck, it is well worth it.

habibitasty
Welcome to Habibi tasty Resturant
We are open Thursday to Sunday 5 pm to 10 pm
2346 south king street
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Old Jul 12, 22, 6:56 pm
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Originally Posted by 747FC View Post
Tried sampling Habibi-Tasty yesterday at 5:30, but their doors were locked and the place looked deserted.

So, I wandered around the strip mall just Ewa of Habibi, and found Aloha Vietnamese Foods, a restaurant that has been business for a decade, but was new to me: https://www.yelp.com/biz/aloha-vietn...foods-honolulu

The restaurant is take-out only. Appears to be family-run, and it is not fast food. I checked the Yelp ratings and spoke to a customer exiting the restaurant (he gave it high marks.) I tried the BBQ chicken and Lemon grass chicken banh mi, and they were both very good. Ms747FC rated them better than Le's (https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/34346428-post116.html). I definitely liked it better than Paris Cafe. We will be returning to sample the very extensive menu.
Returned to sample the Pho, Bun, and Pad Thai. All very good. Will be our go-to Vietnamese place.
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Old Jul 14, 22, 3:47 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyinHawaiian View Post
If you are willing to do mass transit, all of the above in your list are somewhere between easy and moderately easy to reach via mass transit. The Ala Moana Shopping Center (about a ten minute walk from The Prince to the appropriate area within the mall) is a major hub for TheBus. Google Maps will be of help in that regard. Otherwise, I believe there are rideshare services and taxis that can be used. Note that Feast is take-out only.
So, didn't get to all the places on our list, but still had some great meals. Here were the standouts:
- Poi Bowl stand in the mall, first meal off the plane, good traditional Hawaiian, especially the laulau
- Mud Hen, truly spectacular from start to finish. 10/10
- Piggy Smalls, great apps, less successful main (we don't like cream sauce on fish)
- Tanaka of Tokyo, not usually our cup of tea (chosen by local relatives) but surprisingly good. The scallops were a standout item.
- Outrigger Canoe Club (relatives are members), ok food, great desert, but truly *fantastic* views. We lingered for hours.

Off topic but may be of interest: we had a truly spectacular meal at Macadangdang in Ka'anapoli (Maui).
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