Ono Kine Grinds (Best Places to Eat)

May 27, 2007 by Kailani  
Filed under hawaii

I was tagged twice by Kids, Cats & Books – What Else is There? and Bad Jokes and Oven Chips to do a food meme.

Here are the rules:

1. Add a direct link to your post below the name of the person who tagged you.
Include the city/state and country you’re in.

Nicole (Sydney, Australia)
velverse (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
LB (San Giovanni in Marignano, Italy)
Selba (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Olivia (London, England)
ML (Utah, United States)
Lotus (Toronto, Canada)
tanabata (Saitama, Japan)
Andi (Dallas [ish], Texas, United States)
Lulu (Chicago, Illinois, United States)
Chris (Boyne City, Michigan, United States)
AB (Cave Creek, Arizona, United States)
Johnny Yen (Chicago, Illinois, United States)
Bubs (Mt Prospect, Illinois, United States)
Mob (Midland, Texas United States)
Yas (Ahwatukee, Arizona USA)
Alicia(Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA)
Tug (Hell, Colorado, USA)
Bond (Memphis, TN, USA)
TopChamp (Glasgow, UK)
Kailani (Honolulu, HI, USA)

2. List out your top 5 favorite places to eat at your location.

3. Tag 5 other people (preferably from other countries/states) and let them know they’ve been tagged.

So, here are my 5 favorite places to eat on the island of Oahu.

  1. Big City Diner – It’s my absolute favorite restaurant on the island, and not just because my cousin is the Executive Chef there. Just one taste of their sweet bread french toast, kim chee fried rice, or guava bbq babyback ribs will have you hooked, too!
  2. Kincaids Fish, Chop & Steak House – I love Prime Rib and they have the best one in town – slow roasted to perfection. Not to mention the Creme’ Brulee. I used to work part-time there as a Hostess. It didn’t pay much but I could have all the free desserts I could eat. Definitely worth it!
  3. Ono Hawaiian Food – It’s a little hole-in-the-wall place with no parking but you’ll find a long line outside this tiny restaurant at all hours of the day. If you’re looking for great Hawaiian food, this is the place to go.
  4. Sam Choy’s – Not only are his dishes wonderful but the portions are huge! He’s also one of the nicest people around. I see him in the airport terminal a lot and you can always find him “talking stories” with the visitors.
  5. And last but not least, you can’t call yourself a local if you’ve never eaten at Zippys. In fact, we just bought dinner from there last night. They’re especially known for their secret recipe chili which a lot of schools sell for fundraisers. You can also buy their items frozen for shipping – very popular with college students who leave the islands for schools on the mainland. A definite cure for homesickness!

I’m not tagging anyone this time but if you choose to do this, please let me know so I can see what kind of great food you have in your neck of the woods!

Happy eating!

About the author:
Owner and founder of An Island Life. Sharing my life as a mother to 3 wonderful daughters, working as a flight attendant, and living a blessed life in Hawaii.


16 Responses to “Ono Kine Grinds (Best Places to Eat)”
  1. Lissete says:

    You know I am bookmarking this post! You got me at Creme Brulee!

  2. Renee says:

    I’m not sure if I have 5 favorite places to eat here. I think the best place that I’ve ever eaten was Sir Galahads at Excalibur in Vegas. That was the best Prime Rib dinner and you couldn’t beat the price (it was free cuz DH had a complementary pass that night.)
    Best breakfast ever was at the Goodfellow AFB Officer’s Club Brunch Buffet. They had belgian waffles to die for! Yummm!

    The Prime Rib story: I’ve been a huge fan of steak my entire life. Once my mom had already fed me a steak dinner at home and then we went out to dinner (not sure how this even happened as we were dirt poor…maybe she made it up?). Anyway we’re at the restraunt and my Dad asks what I want…I say steak. Mom says “you just ate steak at home!” Dad says “get the girl a steak”…and I ate the entire thing. As I grew older whenever we had a special dinner we had prime rib (it didn’t happen very often, but we did have it for my High School graduation). And when DH & I first started dating we would always got to Steak & Ale because on Sunday nights the Prime Rib was discounted. Our parents met at Steak & Ale, we had our rehersal dinner at Steak & Ale and when we moved to TX we drove 4 hours to San Antonio so we could have Steak & Ale for our Anniversary. There’s a Steak & Ale here in Denver, an hour away from our house…but after Sir Galahads, I’m spoiled. It was much better!

  3. Nicole says:

    Kincaids Fish, Chop & Steak House and their prime rib and creme brulee sound so heavenly!!! woo must try Ono’s since I’ve never really heard or tried hawaian food before

    Ps thanks for doing the tag. I hope you enjoyed it.. If you know of anyone else doing it please feel free to send me a message and I’ll update them too on the updated list of tag doers

  4. TopChamp says:

    Hello! I read the takeout menu for Zippy’s. It sounds very exciting – I can’t think of anywhere here that has so much choice. They all sound great though. Off to get breakfast now you’ve made me hungry!

  5. velverse says:

    Wooo… Did I just heard Kimchi Fried Rice at Big City Diner? I love Kimchi.. yummy~

    Kincaid’s sounds cool too… ribs and creme brulee… OH… YOU GOT me there!

    Thanks for doing the tag :D

  6. Amber says:

    This was a fun meme – my list is up. Thanks!

  7. NOLADawn says:

    Yay! Now if I EVER make it to Hawaii I’ll know what to eat :)

  8. rach says:

    They all seem like cool places. I’m fond of kid friendly restaurants. I appreciate those places that give kids special treats like crayons and coloring pages and free desserts on weekends.

  9. Suzie says:

    I just wanted to add that after reading about these places to eat it made me first very hungry for Loco Moco ;) and second I was wondering if you liked The Willows? That is our favorite “special” place to go.

  10. SeaBird says:

    I’m considering myself tagged and will have my list up later today :) And YEAH for the upcoming gift exchange!

  11. Desert Songbird says:

    Better than a Rachel Ray review!

  12. Jeannie says:

    I love hole-in-the-wall places that serve amazing food… if you’re up on the north shore, try Papa Ole’s Kitchen http://www.papaoles.com … one grinds and HUGE portions!


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