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Cheap Eats in Oahu

David Lauridsen Hawaii

Photo: David Lauridsen

These casual restaurants, shrimp carts, and roadside diners are favorites of local working people. Read the article

Destinations: Honolulu · Oahu · Kahuku · Sunset Beach

Inspired by: Eat Like a Local in Oahu — by Shane Mitchell, Published Nov. 2007

Restaurants (7)

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    Sharks Cove Grill

    What An aquamarine-paneled truck parked in a palm-shaded gravel lot across the road from the eponymous cove, this propane-powered galley kitchen se

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    Romy's Kahuku Prawns & Shrimp

    What A flaming-red shrimp shack, in Kahuku, near the Turtle Bay Resort, Romy’s serves up its signature giant prawns wok-seared in butter with gener

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    Kuaaina Sandwich

    What A luncheonette with surfboards on the wall, and sandwiches made with fish right out of the sea.

    Who Owner Terry Thompson’s shop now has branc

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    Side Street Inn

    On an island where space is the prized commodity, strange couplings occur. Like karaoke and fried chicken. Side Street Inn, a chef’s hangout in Hon

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    Rainbow Drive-In

    What One of the last drive-in restaurants in Honolulu, its parking lot is often filled with vans topped with surfboards. Rainbow is a favorite pit

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    Diamond Head Market & Grill

    What This informal joint in a residential neighborhood east of Waikiki is a takeout favorite.


    Who Kelvin Ro used to cook at the governor’s mansio

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    Nico's Pier 38

Activities (1)

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    Ted's Bakery

    What: This family-owned shop in Sunset Beach is splashed with a deep-sea graffiti mural.

    Who: The Nakamuras serve solid renditions of fish sandwic

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