The 2013 Food Issue of HAWAII Magazine is available now and has numerous features that focus on Hawaiian dishes.
However, the main course for the November / December edition is “75 Places to Eat Like a Local,” a guide to the places in Hawaii where we can have a bite to eat or tell our friends and family not to eat . These are the cafes we send our former mainland college roommates to when they visit Hawaii and want home-cooked food. The Honolulu noodle bars that we eat with the neighboring island family when they visit “the big city”. And much more.
In November and December we will be introducing some categories and restaurants from our feature “75 Places to Eat Like a Local” here at HawaiiMagazine.com. (Not all 75, of course. You have to buy the edition for that.) Last week we published the tips in our “HOMEGROWN” category. Below is the second category that we share: the five restaurants that make up our “CARNIVORE” category.
75 places to eat like a local
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Meet the Hawaiian Places We Eat Meat.
Honolulu Burger Co.
Yes, there are vegetarian options here, but you don’t want to hear about them. You’d like to hear about the Buta Kau Kau Burger (a 1/3 pound patty with bacon, Black Forest ham, Kalua pork, and BBQ sauce) and the Aa Chili Burger (with homemade chili, Portuguese sausage, and melted cheddar). They want to hear that Honolulu Burger Co.’s burgers are made from 100 percent Big Island beef. Most of all, you want to eat here now.
Two locations on Oahu – 1295 S. Beretania St., (808) 626-5202; 4210 Waialae Ave., (808) 735-5202; both in Honolulu • website
Ilocandia Filipino Store
You might want one in this little Lahaina general store that also sells Filipino home-style takeaway food: Lechon Kawali, fried pork belly pieces that are served crackling on the outside and tender on the inside, tossed with chopped tomatoes, onions, and Filipino fish sauce. We’ll forever thank Maui boss Sheldon Simeon for pointing this out to us.
840 Wainee St., Lahaina, Maui • (808) 667-6724
Combo lunch of crispy roast pork, sirloin steak, and shoyu ahi poke from Alicia’s Market. Photo: Derek Paiva.
The aroma of cooked meat envelops you as you enter, just before you see the carnivore abbondanza in front of you. Crispy roast pork and duck, char siu ribs, whole roast chicken, turkey tails, steak and much more. Order by pound. Order a lunch dish with a side dish from fresh sack or local crab salad. It’s all meaty.
267 Mokauea St., Honolulu, Oahu • (808) 841-1921 • Web site
This popular downtown Hilo Taqueria serves an extensive selection of delicious Mexican dishes made from family recipes. All is well. But what Lucy lists here is the taqueria meat selection, ranging from the expected (beef, pork, chicken, chorizo) to street food heaven (beef cheek, tongue, tripe).
194 Kilauea Ave., Hilo, Big Island • (808) 315-8246 • Web site
Papa Ole’s kitchen
The house specialty at this Windward Oahu restaurant is the pulehu beef short ribs. Simply seasoned with sea salt, the marbled, meaty ribs are grilled to order, heavily charred (essentially the meaning of “pulehu”), and served with rice and macaroni salad for lunch. A marinated veal version of the ribs is just as tasty.
54-316 Kamehameha Highway, Hauula, Oahu • (808) 293-2292 • Web site