Sunday, January 24, 2016

12th Ave Grill

12th Ave Grill is located in Kaimuki across from Sconee's Bakery. They specialize in American cuisine and they incorporate local ingredients into every dish. Compared to their former location, this space seats more guests and is spacious. The menu is more on the pricey side but the food is good and you should save room for dessert. I highly recommend the bread pudding.

They are only open for dinner. The restaurant gets busy so I recommend making reservations if you plan to come with 3 or more people. The best option for parking would be in the paid parking where you can enter from 11th Ave or 12th Ave. If you get really lucky you can get one of the metered parking spaces on 12th Ave in front of the restaurant.

For more information about 12th Ave Grill, visit www.12thavegrill.com.

1120 12th Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 732-9469

Crispy Beer Battered Local Avocado

Free Range Jidori Chicken Breast

Grilled Pork Chop

Bread Pudding

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Happy Valley Pasta & Pizza

Happy Valley Pasta & Pizza is located in the Kapahulu area near Diamond Head. The name of the restaurant is painted really big on their exterior wall by the entrance. It's a casual Italian restaurant with Japanese and American fusion. They offer Japanese style pastas that have shoyu in the sauce but they also have the traditional tomato and cream sauces. The interior is big and it's spacious between each table. If you dine in during the lunch hour, they have a lunch special; order any pizza or pasta and get a side salad and beverage (non-alcoholic).

Their prices are reasonable and their portions are big. If you like seafood, I recommend the calamari and cod roe Japanese style pasta. Their pizza is also very good; they made theirs with a thin crust. The best thing about this restaurant is that they have parking. There are quite a bit of businesses on Monsarrat Ave that do not have parking and trying to find a space on the street is tough.

For more information about Happy Valley Pasta & Pizza, visit happyvalleypastaandpizza.com.

3106 Monsarrat Ave 
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 737-0080

Fried Calamari & French Fries

Bacon, Seven Veggies & Gorgonzola Cream Risotto

 Calamari & Cod Roe Spaghetti (Japanese Style)

Homemade Meatball Spaghetti

Cheese Cheese Cheese & Honey Pizza

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Livestock Tavern

Livestock Tavern is located in downtown Honolulu on the corner of Hotel Street and King Street. It's a restaurant that specializes in American cuisine but they also have a full bar with specialty beers and wine. They are open for lunch and dinner. For lunch, they do not take reservations so I recommend going at 11am to get a table. Their menu is seasonal and my favorite item so far is the burrata with fruit compote but it's not available on the current menu. The warm brie, crab cakes, and shortrib winter stew are highly recommended on the winter menu. All their portions are big and the food is on the heavier side so you get full pretty quick. The prices are reasonable and the appetizers are good for sharing with 4 people. An entree or sandwich could be shared between 2 people.

If you work in the downtown area, do give it a try. The interior is clean and well lit with all the windows. The servers are friendly and the food comes out fast. It's a nice spot to dine at with your co-workers or clients.

For more information about Livestock Tavern, visit www.livestocktavern.com

49 N Hotel St.
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 537-2577

Warm Brie

Crab Cakes

Maine Lobster Roll

Shortrib Winter Stew

Braised Oxtail Pasta

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Kohnotori

Kohnotori is a Japanese restaurant located in the Moili'ili area that is known for yakitori. Their building is next to the Pucks Alley parking structure. If you are driving on King Street, they are directly across Central Pacific Bank. 

The restaurant is small so seating is limited and this place is not good for big groups. They are only open for dinner. There is one chef that does all the grilling so your food can take a long time. Everything on the menu is priced as 1 stick. This is one of the more pricier yakitori places in town but their food is very good. If you try to do a walk-in between 6-9pm, you will be turned away. I recommend calling a week in advance to make reservations. When you call, be patient. The staff sometimes will hang up while you're on hold. I don't know why that happens but just call again at a different time.

There are a few parking spaces in front of the restaurant but it's shared with the other businesses in the building. If you get lucky, you might be able to find parking on the street behind the Kohnotori building. The other option is paid parking with no validation in the Pucks Alley lot.

2626 S King St.
Ste 1
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 941-7255

Gizzard, Chicken Meatball

Bacon w/ Quail Egg, Bacon w/ Enoki

Chicken Meatball, Chicken Thigh, Chicken Breast w/ Wasabi

Asparagus, Sausage, Quail Egg

Fried Cheese

Rice Ball w/ Shoyu

Oysters w/ Ponzu

Okra w/ Ponzu

Scallops w/ Ponzu

Sunday, November 29, 2015

EARL Sandwich

EARL Sandwich is located in Kaimuki near Happy Days and Big City Diner. The shop faces the parking lot so you won't be able to see it on 11th Ave. They are known for their sandwiches and bacon jam. I highly recommend the turkey jam sam and the caprese. All of their sandwiches are $9 or less. They are only open for lunch and it's busy between 12pm-1pm. During the peak hours your order could take up to 20 minutes. You can also call in your order to avoid the wait. The sandwiches are small but it's packed with a lot of flavors. If you have a big appetite you might want to order an appetizer or a side salad to go with your sandwich.

If you find yourself coming back quite a bit, ask them for a stamp card. They accept credit cards and parking is available in the paid lot or on the street.

1137 11th Ave #102
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 200-4354

Caprese

Avocado Toast

Caesar Salad (side)

Jamestown

French Dip

Turkey Jam Sam