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Unique Honolulu Restaurants for 2016: Must-Try Hotspots on Your Next Vacation

The best Honolulu restaurants for 2016 have this year’s most popular cuisine that you must try on your vacation.

From seafood to Asian food to, of course, Hawaiian food, this hotlist of hotspots is sure to delight.

Here are a few must-try Honolulu restaurants for 2016:

Helena’s Hawaiian Food

Helena’s has been around since 1946, and it must be doing something right. Not only is it the top-ranked restaurant on Tripadvisor for Hawaiian food, it has won award after award.

Small and friendly, this is the place to go if you want to eat like a local. You can enjoy a variety of seafood and Hawaiian dishes, such as kalua pig, lomi salmon, pipikaula short ribs, and luau squid.

The food is pretty cheap, too, so it’s also a good stop for the budget traveler.

Nobu Waikiki

Nobu Waikiki, called the “best restaurant period!” by Time Out New York, remains one of the best Honolulu restaurants for 2016.

Even if Japanese food isn’t your preferred cuisine, this restaurant deserves a visit. The a la carte menu serves up seafood delicacies such as scallop wasabi, shrimp and lobster with spicy lemon sauce, and mixed seafood tobanyaki. You can also find mainland meat, like duck breast, beef tenderloin, and specialty steaks.

Naturally, if you want sushi and sashimi, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better restaurant.

Side Street Inn

For Hawaiian-style comfort food, Side Street Inn is the place to be.

For many years, Side Street Inn has won multiple awards: best value, best bar, best distinguished restaurant under $20, and so on.

Since this is also a bar, this is also a great place to come if you want to watch the game, grab a beer, and eat some of the best food on the island.

Their menu serves up beef, pork, seafood, fried dishes, salad, and plenty of side dishes.

Cafe Kaila

Though this cafe started small, it quickly grew and even became an international phenomenon, opening a Tokyo branch only a few years later.

Cafe Kaila is an ideal choice for breakfast, lunch, or a quick cup of coffee.

Early worms and late risers both can stop by in the morning for eggs benedict, pancakes, waffles, omelettes, french toast, wraps, sandwiches, or some lighter fare.

Sushi Izakaya Gaku

Sushi Izakaya presents a slightly different take on the Japanese food culture. Fare is more affordable than at some of the fancier restaurants, and dishes are also slightly smaller. This gives patrons a chance to enjoy multiple dishes instead of indulging in just one or two.

Appetizers include favorites such as seaweed salad, seared salmon belly, pork dumpling, fried tofu, and more.

For those who want to indulge in large dishes, however, this izakaya has a selection of main entrees that are sure to please.


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