Hawaii is more known for its beautiful beaches than its cuisine. That’s not to say that Honolulu doesn’t have its fair share of fantastic restaurants. It’s just that it can be hard to get good information about where to eat and what is worth eating. Most locals cannot agree on what truly is the most notable food or even which restaurants a visitor cannot afford to miss. It’s a problem, that’s for sure so what is the best advice a local can give to a tourist? There are several things to consider. Here’s the short list:
1. Before you dine, ask. There are a surprising number of decent restaurants that work out deals with hotels and businesses so that they can get your business. You won’t be disappointed, but you probably won’t be overly impressed either. If you really want a winning dining experience, ask someone who isn’t paid to tell you an answer. That’s how you will find the best food at the best prices.
2. Yes, eating out of a truck is safe. Although, do your research first. Not all food trucks serve equally good food, but there are some that have become local favorites. They are also becoming increasingly popular and it seems like a new one appears on the island every week. If looking for that fun experience that will make for great stories back home, then everyone will recommend checking out one of our famous food trucks.
3. Expect variety. Hawaii is a melting pot of a lot of different cultures so expect your dining experiences on the islands to reflect this. Yes, there are lots of places to get bubble tea and shrimp. There are a lot of places that sell Korean BBQ and if your heart is set on experiencing a good sushi, then you will enjoy your stay here. Just remember to eat a fresh pineapple before you leave. Your body and taste buds will love you.
4. Save room for dessert. There are a lot of popular bakeries in the islands. It is also a bit difficult for a local resident to give up the location of their favorite because we frankly have too many. If asking around doesn’t produce results, check out a neighborhood Zippy’s because they have everything. Their Napoleon’s Bakery makes everyone’s top ten lists and their variety will leave you speechless.