Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop

Located at 1030 Smith Street in Chinatown, Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop is one of those hot trendy places. It’s common to see a line outside the restaurant since they don’t take reservations. My significant other does not like to wait so I’m glad he agreed to try Scratch. We parked at the municipal parking … Continue »

Livestock Tavern

I really like Lucky Belly so when I found out that Livestock Tavern was their sister restaurant, I had to try it. CW and I drove to Chinatown and found a great street parking space. However, it was only 10:40 a.m. and Livestock Tavern opens at 11 a.m. so we decided to do a little … Continue »

On the Road…Tommy Bahamas at The Shops at Wailea

Even though Tommy Bahamas is a chain restaurant, I’ve never been to one of their restaurants before so I decided to eat there on our last night in Maui. We made reservations on opentable for 7 p.m. The restaurant was packed so I’m glad we had a reservations. On the recommendation of our server, RM … Continue »

On the Road…Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman

My significant other and I were in Maui to watch whales in February. We made reservations using opentable.com for the Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman at 10 Wailea  Gateway. Unfortunately, it was a rainy day in Maui and the restaurant was packed with diners who did not want to leave. Our reservation was for 5 p.m. However, … Continue »

On the road to Maui…ami’ami’ at the Coast

The test of a good restaurant is consistency over time. It should not matter when you go, the food will be good. Before yesterday, 808 Bistro was RM’s fave place for breakfast in Maui. However, yesterday’s meal was below par. Not sure why. First,  they got his order wrong which they corrected  . His toast … Continue »

Hy’s Steak House

I admit it. I am a carnivore. I like meat. I don’t have to have big portions but I like a good rib eye or lamb chops. I made reservations for Hy’s through opentable.com for Friday night. We arrived at the restaurant a few minutes after our reservation because of traffic. Not a problem. We … Continue »

Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar

My SO and I like to go to the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center to dine. We usually eat at the Cheesecake Factory, PF Chang’s, Wolfgang’s Steak House or Doraku. I’ve wanted to try Il Lupino for awhile but didn’t get a chance until today. We drove to the Shopping Center and parked on the 9th … Continue »

Azure at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel

Although I’ve been to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel for dinner, I’ve never eaten at Azure. Restaurant Week was my excuse to try Azure which is right on the beach. Azure is not inexpensive, hence, my reluctance. My SO and I went to dinner  on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. when the sun was about to set. … Continue »

Vino

I love Restaurant Week in Hawaii. I get to try different restaurants for a good cause. One of the restaurants that my SO and I went to was Vino. Vino is the sister restaurant of Hirsohi which is right next door. However, the atmosphere is quite different. The paintings on the wall give you the … Continue »

Liliha Bakery – Nimitz

What makes a successful restaurant? Is is the food, people, location, chef, or service? Actually, it’s all of the above and more. Liliha Bakery in its original location was a neighborhood bakery that was known for it’s cocoa puffs, butter rolls, and counter restaurant. Could that be duplicated in another location? My SO and I … Continue »