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.
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.
If you missed Eat The Street Bacon, then Eat The Street Pork would have been the next best thing for your taste buds. The food trucks were once again out and about for the monthly Eat The Street event in Kakaako. By the way, Eat The Street recently got a nice shout-out from Fodor’s, naming them one of seven great food festivals on Oahu. Way to go!
Eat The Street! It’s been a while since I’ve battled the crowds at Kakaako’s favorite food rally. However, the theme was chocolate, and well, I just had to be there. The usual suspects were there (Soul Patrol, Paul’s Poppers, and Ono Pops), along with some pleasant new surprises (Wow Wow Waffle, Pt. Suisse, Oko Guys, Pop Pop Donuts).