We’re fans of Chef Peter Merriman, but you already knew that. If you’ve had the chance to enjoy dinner at his flagship restaurant on the Big Island, then the next logical Merriman location to check out would be Merriman’s Kapalua, located on the luxurious Kapalua coastline. On Sunday mornings…they do brunch. And they do brunch right.
Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods fame might wince at the sight of SPAM, but Hawaii residents love the canned meat concoction. The SPAM musubi is a local favorite and a popular snack to take along on a hike or to curb midday munchies. I always take one when I hit the trails. For a crash course on all things musubi, swing by Musubi & Bento Iyasume on Seaside Avenue. They have a wide selection to choose from, including ones stuffed with egg, bacon, avocado, fish roe, and even spicy tuna. My favorite? the classic SPAM Musubi of course. A slice of SPAM, over a block of rice, and wrapped in nori (seaweed). That’s all you need.
UPDATE: The original Ono Hawaiian Foods closed mid 2017. The current occupants (no relation to the original owners) of the space decided to name their new restaurant “Da Ono Hawaiian Foods” but this is NOT the same restaurant/owners as the original. RIP Ono Hawaiian Foods.
Forget about that burger. You’re in Hawaii, so have a taste of the local cuisine. When the laulau cravings strike, there’s one place to go: Ono Hawaiian Foods. This legendary hole-in-the-wall on Kapahulu Avenue is known for making some of the most mouthwatering laulau in the islands.
A founding contributor of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Peter Merriman has long been known for his inventive menus that champion local farmers and fisherman. We are definitely fans of Chef Merriman and always make it a point to enjoy his offerings when visiting the neighbor islands. His namesake Merriman’s restaurants are found in Waimea on the The Big Island, Kapalua on Maui, and Poipu on Kauai. Oahu is home to two of his more casual, concept restaurants: Monkeypod Kitchen and Moku Kitchen. We finally had a chance to check out the latter.
Kapolei is hardly the first place that pops to my mind when it comes to contemporary, modern dining. That said, Oahu’s “Second City” has been stepping up her game. The latest addition worth mentioning is Chef Roy Yamaguchi’s contribution to the westside, Eating House 1849. Located next to the Regal Kapolei Commons 12 Theater Complex, this is the second of three Eating House 1849 restaurants to pop up in the state. If you’re a fan of Roy’s, then you’ll likely want to make the drive out.
All-you-can-eat bread & pastry, good coffee, lovely ambience, and notoriously long wait times. These were all things that I had either heard or read about before I stepped into Cafe Lani, one of the restaurant offerings in Ala Moana Center’s new Ewa Wing. But what would my actual experience be like?
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.