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

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 - CLOSED

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

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