We first visited Scratch Kitchen more than three years ago when they were located in Downtown, Honolulu. They’re no longer at their original location, instead, they’ve moved into new digs at the South Shore Market at Ward Village. They may have moved, but you can still expect to find some of their most popular dishes. Also, as you salivate through the photos, do keep in mind that the menu at Scratch is seasonal…and so some of the items that you see below may no longer be offered.
I’m not gonna lie, the only reason that I had for visiting Tucker & Bevvy was so that I could have Tim Tams and ice cream for breakfast. The newest Tucker & Bevvy, a breakfast concept, popped up late last year, and is sort of the big brother to their smaller picnic food shop at the Park Shore Hotel on the corner of Kalakaua & Kapahulu Ave.
Ever since I fell in love with Goofy Cafe & Dine, I’ve been looking forward to their sister restaurant opening at the Shoreline Hotel in Waikiki. Heavenly has been open for nearly two months now, and we finally had a chance to taste their menu. We actually tried to swing by during opening day, which they had posted about either on Instagram or Facebook, I can’t remember. As we casually walked into the small cafe, construction workers were still making last minute adjustments, a florist was busy dropping off flowers, and designers were still figuring what went where. Apparently, we had showed up a day early. It took us nearly two months to find our way back to Seaside Avenue. Hopefully, they had worked out their opening day kinks.
The last day of the 4th Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival arguably featured two of its biggest events: Battle of the Brunch Showdown at the SHOR restaurant on the 3rd floor of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa and the grand finale, It’s A Food World After All at Ko’olina Beach. Exploration: Hawaii was fortunate to have eaten our way through both events.
Having taken over the space of my once favorite southern food joint on the island, Kiss My Grits, I stepped into the Nook Neighborhood Bistro with a bit of resistance. All was forgiven, though, once I took my first bite into those mochi waffles. Oh those mochi waffles. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.
In recent weeks, I’ve been seeing a lot of chatter about Koko Head Cafe through my various social media channels. My first hint of this new cafe came when John Garcia, of NonStop Honolulu fame, posted a sneak-peak photo of the identity and branding design for the new restaurant. Little did I know, Koko Head Cafe’s head chef, Lee Anne Wong, was a contestant on the first season of Bravo’s popular food competition show, Top Chef (I’m more of a Next Food Network Star kind of guy). Wong finished fourth in the competition, with Harold Dieterle winning it all. While the New York born Dieterle went on to open a few restaurants following his win, including the acclaimed The Marrow in New York City, Wong would plant new roots in Hawaii.