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Locals food

What are some of the foods locals eat and where to get them in waikiki? Also what are some other good restaurants in waikiki area? We would like to try some foods known to the area and eat at some good places. We also have a 2 yr old, any places do special things for kids?

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1. Re: Locals food

Take a look on the right side of this page: Amberloo and Food and Cheap eats on Oahu.

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2. Re: Locals food

Ono Hawaiian and Helena's are two restaurants that specialize in traditional Hawaiian food.

But Honolulu/Waikiki is a modern city, you'll see locals at McDonald's like anywhere else.

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Just responding to the part of your question about special things for kids. All of the restaurants have keiki (children's) menus, but if you are doing a buffet (Duke's for breakfast or lunch for example) or a salad bar anywhere (Duke's, Shorebird), they won't charge extra for a 2 y.o. to share off your plate. My son is an adventurous eater, so often we'll order for him off the appetizer menu and then share one of our entrees. He loves fish and kalua pork! He also enjoys places with live entertainment, such as House Without a Key.

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If you want true local, you will have to leave Waikiki, drive or walk up Kapahulu to intersection of Kanaina, you'll find the Rainbow Drive In, they have been there for over 50 years if that tells you anything, nothing fancy, but good food,check out there menu <www.rainbowdrivein.com> Of course that area has a lot of other cheap eats, Jack in the Box, KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Papa Johns, Zippy's and many others, including a lot of little hole in the wall type local eateries. And they won't break the bank if you are on a budget, but there are some, (just like in Waikiki) that will, if that's what you're into. All are also within walking distance from Waikiki, 10-15-20-30 minutes depending on where you leave from and your pace. As for a food locals eat...SPAM

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Food locals eat.....

Plate lunch, saimin, poke (many kinds), musubi (many kinds), apple bananas, lau lau, loco moco, papaya, malasadas, and the many fish from local waters.

For starters!

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Yes, plate lunches, loco moco, musubi's, etc. Unfortunately there aren't too many of those places right in Waikiki. Waikiki has tons of restaurants that have everything else for the tourists but that. There is a place in Waikiki called Me's BBQ that has the Korean style plate lunch, which is pretty good. The Int'l Market Place foodcourt also has a few good places, such as Yummy Korean BBQ that also has Korean plate lunches. There's also the great chain, L & L BBQ, right in Waikiki.

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Yes, Me BBQ, but also Iyasume Musubi. and Regal Diner (not technically in Waikiki, but close enough!)

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Thanks!!! We dont normally do chain restaurants while on vaca, we like eating at the local places and trying the food of the area were in. I will have to look into some of these.

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Yes!! ,....if you like spam musubi's, definitely go to Iyasume Musubi! We went to the one near Walmart, and you usually have to go early before they run out. Mana Bu is another good one just outside of Waikiki. But you also can't go wrong with just buying a musubi from the ABC Store! You also have to try Marukame Udon on Kuhio Ave. There is ALWAYS a line out the door at that place, but we found out that if you go early in the morning, it's not bad at all. Great udon and they also have musubi's.

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10. Re: Locals food

Yeah, L & L is a chain in Hawaii, but still pretty darn good for plate lunches. The same with Zippy's and Yummy Korean BBQ,