Sorabol Korean Restaurant
805 Keeaumoku St., Honolulu
Phone number (808) 947-3113
However quiet it may be outside, walk into Sorabol and instantly enter a bustling environment that transports diners overseas with every dish. Its extensive menu offers everything from stews like kimchi jjigae (pictured), to local favorites such as kalbi and bibimbap. With every meal, eight panchan (side dishes) also are brought to the table, featuring treats like house-made kimchi, and seasoned bean sprouts and spinach. And don’t forget: Sorabol always will be more than willing to accommodate customers who like it extra spicy.
Downbeat Diner & Lounge
42 N. Hotel St., Honolulu
Phone number (808) 533-2328
Business website downbeatdiner.com
Comfort foods are hard to find by the time night falls in Chinatown, but Downbeat Diner & Lounge definitely has you covered. Not your traditional establishment, Down-beat is part diner, part bar and part music venue. Its American diner fare also can be created as vegetarian or vegan options — and honestly, those are just as good (if not better) than the meat versions. Even the handmade milkshakes come in vegan options, and for an additional $4, you can add a shot of alcohol to your shake. Pair your meal with one of Downbeat’s many signature cocktails and craft beers for an excellent dining experience in a retro-style environment that screams exciting night out and relaxing meal at the same time.