What is a gastropub? These days, I’m not too sure. Early on, though, when a pub went from just serving beer to serving fanciful takes on traditional dishes, they were said to have morphed into a gastropub. Nowadays, the term gastropub is synonymous with establishments that serve high-end beer along with creatively thought out dishes. Whether they started out as just a pub…well, that’s no longer a requirement. Enter The Brilliant Ox, the latest gastropub to hit Oahu, in the old Pearl Ultra Lounge space in Ala Moana Center.
There are Tommy Bahama restaurants located around the world, but there’s only one in Waikiki. When I heard that they had a new Backyard BBQ & Brews menu, well, you know that I just had to check it out.
Ah, Hanalei. So many things to do and so many things to see. But when it comes to choosing a place to eat I always return to the place that serves old fashioned burgers…Bubba Burgers.
If you find yourself in the quiet countryside of Koloa on the southern end of the island of Kauai, and for some reason start having cravings for a gourmet, yet casual, lunch…then look no further than Merriman’s Gourmet Pizza & Burgers.
In 2007, Hank Adaniya walked away from his highly acclaimed Chicago-based restaurant, Trio, to move to Hawaii to open a hot dog stand. This seemingly random diversion was nothing of the sort since his parents owned a small hot dog stand in Waikiki during the 1940’s. Fortunately for Adaniya, the high-end hot dog idea was a success and has become a go-to favorite for locals craving a great hot dog.
I’ve been on a bit of a health kick over the last couple of months (more on that in a future post, and yes, you may commence the rolling of the eyes). That said, I’m never one to turn down a good burger. And Square Barrels, well, they’ve got some pretty darn good burgers.
It’s been a while since I’ve had a good burger. The Foie Gras Burger from Smith & Kings rectified that.