Honolulu — Hawaii’s capital and most populated city — has a booming food scene, one filled with buzzy restaurants, flavorful dishes, cheap eats, and pedigreed chefs. All of those pedigreed chefs are eating out, too, and where they dine is often a predictor of where you want to be going.
Chris Kajioka, a Honolulu native and chef/owner of Senia (one of Eater’s most anticipated restaurant openings of the year), helped curate this list to include the late-night hangs, morning meals, and drinks he and his industry friends crave most during their time off. Spam, poke, and shave ice are only entry points into a cuisine with a long history and lots of influences: Here, you'll also find poi, lomi lomi, and other intensely regional favorites.
That’s what the chefs are eating, and the following nine places reflect Kajioka and his colleagues’ picks for the best places where chefs hang out in Honolulu, with expert tips on what to expect, what to order, and generally how to succeed at dining there. Start tackling the island with these nine spots, and you’ll quickly get to the heart of this island's cuisine.Read More