The one constant in Honolulu Burger Co.?s burgers is the beef?it comes from free-range cows that feed on the grasses of Hawaii. From this base sprouts more than a dozen specialty burgers that pair everything from blue cheese and bacon to kim chee and teriyaki sauce. If you?re feeling creative, you can create your own burger by mixing and matching from the eatery?s selection of toppings and spreads, which includes homemade sauces and dressings and local produce whenever possible. Hefty burgers and sandwiches piled high with pastrami share menu space with rice dishes, house-made fries, milk shakes, and veggie burgers made from whole portobello mushrooms.
Dedicated to upholding traditional Indian recipes, Monsoon India's new management has designed a fresh menu of authentic fare such as coconut curries, house-made paneer, and juicy kebabs. Lentils, chickpeas, and eggplant anchor a large selection of vegetarian entrees, and chefs also simmer chicken, lamb, and shrimp in spiced curries. Traditional clay tandoor ovens remain ablaze through business hours, infusing heat into breads, meats, and snowmen that like to spend the summer as a cloud of steam. As soon as dishes are plated, servers whisk them to tables amid the melodies of traditional Indian music.
More than five years ago, the owners of The Fat Greek decided to introduce the islands to their take on fresh and healthy Mediterranean cuisine. With three locations, the BYOB eatery's menu spans the Mediterranean with authentic dishes such as spanakopita, falafel, gyros, and souvlaki. Each dish, from shawarma to hummus, is prepared fresh on-site daily using ingredients delivered directly by Zeus disguised as a refrigerated truck. Rather than rely on heavy sauces, the dishes follow the Greek tradition with simple seasonings of olive oil, lemon, and spices.
Since 1986, Dave's Ice Cream has been quenching sweltering tongues with southern Pacific and traditional ice-cream flavors, as well as silencing grousing stomachs with snacks for island-inspired noshing. Situated in the oceanside Ala Moana Center, Dave's Ice Cream crowns bald cones with powerful amalgamations of rock salt and heavy cream ($3.75/single scoop) in flavors such as green tea, lichee sherbet, Poha (Big Island gooseberry, subject to availability), or coconut-and-chocolate macadamia nut, as well as more institutional flavors, such as mint chocolate chip, rocky road, and bachelor's degree crunch.
Diem 99 Cafe serves up a wide variety of dishes, desserts, and drinks. The authentic menu's variegated farescape offers vermicelli, or cold noodle, dishes in varieties like garlic chicken and barbecue pork ($7.25 each), as well as noodle-naysaying rice plates such as the baked short rib and lemon grass mahi mahi ($7.25 each). Vegetarian options are boundless at Diem 99, creating a vast playground of meatlessly delectable obstacles for hungry mouths, such as the lemon grass tofu ($6.97) and tofu curry ($7.25). Cap off a complete, authentic meal with a large banana tapioca ($2.00) and a cup of hot green tea ($1.25) . Ample free parking makes dine-in easy, but feel free to take out for a noodle night in.