Discoverer's Day: My New Hawaii Food Finds...

Today is Columbus Day!

It's known as Discoverer's Day in Hawaii, in recognition of the Polynesian discoverers of the Hawaiian Islands.  I'm going to use this day to share my Five New Food Discoveries.  These were new places that I've visited last month and plan on returning back.

Ka 'Ikena Laua'e

The Kapiolani Community College (KCC) Culinary Arts' restaurant, run by student chefs and servers.  They have lunch and dinner menus, but check their schedule and reservations are recommended, click here.

 Lunch being served table side
by student servers

Goat Cheese Tart and Tomato Vinaigrette Salad

Fisherman's Stew

Fish, Shrimp, Lobster Medallion, Scallops and Clams stewed in a 
Saffron broth with Braised Fennel and Potatoes,
Served with Garlic Crostini and Spicy Rouille

The next up and coming chefs of Hawaii

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on the campus of Kapiolani Community College
4303 Diamond Head Road
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 734-9499

Pint + Jigger

Not your typical food and drink place in Hawaii.  It's more of a gastropub with high-quality beers on tap, amazing cocktails, and food that works well with the drinks served.  Mixologist Dave Newman is a wiz behind the bar, having worked previously at Nobu Waikiki.  If you love cocktails and high-quality beers, then add Pint + Jigger  to your "must try" list...

 Applewood Smoked Double-Cut Bacon
Served with spicy fresh corn salsa

One of my favorites of the evening...

Photo by Pint + Jigger
Lots of great beers on tap

Hickory Wood Smoked Sausage Sliders
Served with cherry tomato relish

1936 S. King Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 744-9593
Monday - Thursday, Sunday 4:30 pm - 12 am
Friday - Saturday 4:30 pm - 2 am

Home Bar and Grill

Not far from Waikiki, near the corner of Kapiolani Blvd. and Kalakaua Avenue is a lounge called Home Bar and Grill.  The name really fits since they serves home-style local food and all are plated for sharing.  A great place to meet up with friends and watch the game(s). 

 Neil's Parmesan Truffle Fries
with Garlic Anchovy Ailoi

Spicy Kim Chee Fried Rice

Pork Chops w/ Onions

Other must order menu items:
Tater Tot Nachos, Negi Toro, and Poke 

Home Bar and Grill
1683 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 942-2237
Open Everyday 2 pm - 2 am


Located in Kailua, on the Windward side of Oahu, is a modern Italian restaurant called Prima. Their menu encourages sharing and be sure to check their daily specials.  A must have is one of their Kiawe wood-fired pizzas.  I've actually been here for lunch, but one of the owners told me that I needed to come in for dinner.  So, here I am... 

 Adobo Headcheese
Daily Special

 Prosciutto Rucola Pizza
tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto, arugula, parmesan

Jasmine, Pineapple, Peanut Butter, and Lilikoi
Daily Special Ice Creams

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108 Hekili Street, Suite 107
Kailua, HI 96734
(808) 888-8933
Open Everyday 5 pm - 10 pm

Iyasume Musubi

I've heard my Japanese friends talking about this place in Waikiki for sometime now, located behind the Hyatt Regency Hotel.  Since I usually don't spend much time walking around Waikiki, I've never been until now.  The one item that caught my eye was the bacon, egg, and SPAM musubi.  On the day I left Honolulu, I stopped in and picked up food to take to the airport, thankfully they're open early.  

 Bacon, Egg, and SPAM Musubi

 Musubi Selection

Japanese Fried Chicken

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Hidden Musubi in Waikiki

Iyasume Musubi
2410 Koa Avenue, Suite 4
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 921-0168
Open 7 Days
6:30 am - 4 pm

Enjoy These Discoveries!

On this day of Discovery, hope you discovered something new and will add it to your "must try" Hawaii list for Oahu, cause it's what "Jay Eats."  If you'd like to share your Hawaii food finds, please post on comments so we can all discover together.  Thanks for stopping by...

NOTE:  I was a guest in Honolulu of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau 
and Oahu Visitors Bureau and thank them for their invitation 
and hospitality during the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival.
All comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.

Photos by Jay Terauchi
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