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.
The culinary sorcerers at The Shack conjure up a menu of Hawaiian-inspired pub grub to occupy vacant plates and empty stomachs. Oil rusty jaw-hinges and distract mouths from shouting out social security numbers with five varieties of poke, a traditional Hawaiian raw fish salad ($10.95), or with pub snacks such as jalapeño poppers full of cream cheese ($8.25). The Shack Monster cheeseburger bridges the gap between bun halves with a quarter-pound hot link and allows diners to choose from a trio of cheeses including american, swiss, and jack-cheddar ($8). Meanwhile, the 14-ounce grilled rib eye, glazed with garlic, soy, and ginger, then topped with smoked shiitake mushrooms ($23.50) is great for sating carnivorous cravings and warming up throats for draft beers, microbrews, and long conversations about renaming the moon.
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.
The Hanapa’a Sushi Company talented chefs rely on the freshest ingredients, carefully selected fish, and premium-grade koshihikari rice to prepare a wide variety of high-quality sushi. Customers make their selection from a variety of more than 30 nigiri, maki, and roll creations, all assembled in advance to avoid mealtime searches for the last corner piece. Sushi favorites include the crispy shrimp tempura roll ($4.99), crab futomaki ($4.99), or ahi nigiri, eight slices of fresh Hawaiian tuna atop a generous portion of koshihikari rice ($8.99). Warm up chilly mouths cursed by a vengeful witch to remain in a state of perpetual winter with fiery mouthfuls of spicy ahi donburi ($5.99). This Groupon is only good for premade shelf selections and is not valid for specific orders from the counter attendant.