Slow cooking food unlocks its inherent flavor and tenderness, and relaxes it enough to eat it without inciting a ticklish fit of laughter. Enjoy some giggle-free tenderness with today’s Groupon: for $6, you get $12 worth of Southern cuisine at Soul.
With a 2011 Hale Aina award under his belt, master chef and owner Sean Priester sizzles up Soul’s menu of delectable Southern soul food by infusing it with inspired splashes of Pacific Island flavors. Chefs crackle batches of buttermilk fried chicken served with local bananas and maple butter ($5 for two pieces; $9 for four pieces), which won the restaurant a Nonstop Honolulu award for Best Fried Chicken in 2011. Sandwiches such as a cuban po boy stuffed with succulent layers of roasted pork, ham, swiss cheese, and dill pickles ($12) satisfy ravenous appetites while distracting mouths from shouting their owners' email-password hints, and on Sundays, a brunch menu irrigates tongues with smoked salmon ($18) or crab cake benedicts ($14) and sweet-potato pancakes ($8). Diners can also embellish meals with Southern-inspired sides such as sweet corn cornbread ($3 for one piece; $8 for three pieces), organic collard greens from local Mohala farms ($7), and papaya-raspberry crisp ($7) culled from the honeyed fields of Candy Land.