831 Queen st., Honolulu Phone number (808) 688-8055
Business website freshcafehi.com
A gathering space where art and culture combine seamlessly with food and drinks, Fresh Cafe manages to be everything all at once. With two locations — one on Queen Street and, more recently, in Chinatown (1111 Nuuanu Ave., (808) 953-7374) where Indigo used to be — Fresh Cafe’s menu is ever evolving, much like its mission. At its Kakaako location, sample from breakfast and lunch items, as well as tasty sweets.
Hank’s Haute Dogs
324 coral St., Honolulu Phone number (808) 532-4265
Business website hankshautedogs.com
After creating renowned fine-dining restaurant Trio, Henry Adaniya decided to see what would happen if he mixed gourmet fare with hot dogs. The result is an unexpected but pleasurable marriage at Hank’s Haute Dogs. Dishes include the Classic Chicago Hot Dog — a Vienna all-beef natural casing dog piled high with mustard, onion, relish, tomato, pickle, celery salt and spicy sport pepper — and the Fat Boy, which features a bacon-wrapped, deep-fried hot dog with mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato.
A Place to Eat
1035 University ave., Honolulu Phone number (808) 941-4554
Business website aplacetoeathawaii.com
In the constant search for a place to eat, you probably haven’t tried the aptly named A Place to Eat. Menu highlights include plate lunches like the Island Karaage Chicken and the Adobo Sea Scallops, along with the Basil Orange Scampi, which features garlic-sauteed shrimp bathed in a citrus basil butter cream sauce. Led by chef Willu Diaz, who has worked with the likes of Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi, it’s amazing that this place has managed to stay under the radar.