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August 2008 Archive

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Burgers on the Edge is the first gourmet burger spot in Honolulu and the sticker shock of spending close to $20 for a burger, fries (okay, they are tasty sweet potato fries, but still...) and soda has many wondering how the restaurant will fare in a town well known for valuing bargain eats. Burgers on the Edge, The Avenue Shops at Safeway, 800 Kapahulu Ave., Honolulu, HI 96826, 808-737-8866.
Henry "Hank" Adaniya, owner of the now-gone-and-lamented-by-all Chicago restaurant Trio, has expanded his Honolulu-based hot dog empire. In addition to the original Hank's Haute Dogs on Coral Street in the Kakkako neighborhood, he has opened a stand in Waikiki at the International Marketplace. The second Hank's offers a scaled down menu and extended hours designed to please hungry tourists. Hank's Haute Dogs, International Marketplace, 2330 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815, no phone available.
A breakfast and brunch-only spot has opened on the edge of Waikiki. The Cream Pot looks like a large country kitchen somewhere in France with colors of white, soft French blue and buttery yellow. Fresh flowers and dried floral arrangements add a finishing touch. The food is elegantly presented and the menu features Belgian waffles made traditionally with leavened batter, crêpes and french toast. Daily specials are recommended. Portions are reasonable, not hearty. The café is open from 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. daily. Reservations are essential on weekends. The Cream Pot, Hawaiian Monarch Hotel, 444 Niu St., Honolulu, HI 96815, 808-429-0945.
Tango Contemporary Café Diners desiring well prepared dishes at a more than fair price visit chef Goran Streng's new venture, Tango Contemporary Café. Look for good fish sandwiches, fresh salads and entrées that draw from Streng's Scandinavian background mixed up with some local flavor. The prix-fixe dinner menu offering soup or salad, entrée and dessert for less than $30 is recommended. Tango Contemporary Café, Hokua, 1288 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96814, 808-593-7288.
Harbor Court Bistro is the name of the new restaurant which occupies the downtown space previously housing Palomino and the open-all-too-briefly Cassis. It will feature a menu developed by French-Vietnamese executive chef Alexio Thomas Corleon. Harbor Court Bistro, 66 Queen St., Honolulu, HI 96813, 808-587-8338.
A new local-style rib joint is now open in Waikapu---just in time for summer picnics and days at the beach. Bruddah Willy's Sticky Ribs is only open on Fridays and Saturdays, for now, but chef-owner Willy Bailey and partner Terry Boal say they may open extra days depending on demand. The take-out spot offers half and full racks of baby-back ribs topped with a tangy barbecue sauce, along with the usual fixin's like coleslaw and potato salad, and for dessert, triple chocolate brownies. Bruddah Willy's Sticky Ribs, 1476 Honoapi’ilani Hwy., Waikapu, HI 96793, 808-243-7755.
Genki Sushi has opened at the Lahaina Gateway Center. This will be the second Maui location for the sushi chain, which is known for its conveyor belt-style dining. Genki Sushi, Lahaina Gateway Center, 325 Keawe St., Lahaina, HI 96761, no phone.


News Bytes

Name Change
Philly's Blue Plate Diner, located in the Azeka Shopping Center in Kihei, is now the Backstreet Café. It is still open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but the menu is now focused on American and Pacific fare. It also offers a full bar and live music on most evenings. Backstreet Café, 1280 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, HI 96753, 808-891-2595.
Pineapple Grill Turns 3
Kapalua Resort's Pineapple Grill recently celebrated its third anniversary. The bash featured food from guest chefs such as Ben Klein of Mala Ocean Tavern, Scott McGill of Hula Grill, Cary Button of Maui Prime Foods, Cindy DelleFave of The Melting Pot and, of course, Pineapple Grill's Ryan Luckey. Proceeds from the event will benefit Hale Makua, a Maui long-term care facility for those in need. Pineapple Grill, 200 Kapalua Dr., Lahaina, HI 96761, 808-669-9600.
Kahului Ale House for Sale
Owners of The Kahului Ale House announced they are selling their business after ten years. The Central Maui sports bar and grill is a popular gathering place for locals and visitors to watch sports and live entertainment. The restaurant currently offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and a full bar. For more information, contact 808-268-6131. The Kahului Ale House, 355 E. Kamehameha Ave., Kahului, HI 96732, 808-877-9001.

Chef Shuffles

George Gomes Jr. is now the executive chef of the newly opened Merriman's Kapalua. Gomes Jr. was recently head of the Maui restaurants for the Tri-Star Restaurant Group, which includes Nick's Fishmarket, Sarento's on the Beach and Son'z Maui at Swan Court. Geno Sarmiento, who has been with Tri-Star for 16 years, has been promoted to take Gomes' place. Merriman's Kapalua, One Bay Dr., Lahaina, HI 96761, 808-885-6822.


Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for Hawaii to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from the past. Kincha, R.I.P.

Holokai Grill, open for less than a year at the new Beach Walk complex on Lewers in Waikiki, closed its doors with little fanfare. The owners' other restaurant, Tiki's Grill & Bar at the other end of Waikiki, remains open. Holokai Grill, ResortQuest Waikiki Beach, 2570 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815, 808-923-8454.
Hanafuda Saimin, a casual Kihei dining spot that dished up bowls of piping hot local-style noodle soups, has closed. No word yet on what will replace the restaurant.

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