Tammy's Polynesian Market in Waipahu has high-quality, fresh food at an affordable price, making it a popular grocery store for locals and visitors.
Pick up some fresh and tasty pasta from Tammy's Polynesian Market and slurp your way to happiness.
Pick up some of their quality seasonings and spices for a delicious meal that packs a ton of flavor.
From sandwiches to salads, Tammy's Polynesian Market serves up a wide array of healthy and tasty deli options.
If cooking isn't your strong point, dig into a TV dinner! Microwave cooking has never tasted so good.
For baked goods that are as delicious as they are fluffy, don't forget to pick up some fresh ingredients to make sure your creation hits it out-of-the-park.
Whether you're dressing a salad or cooking up a storm, oil and vinegar are essential kitchen items, so make sure you have an ample amount on hand.
When you're looking for a caffeine fix, Tammy's Polynesian Market has the best coffee and tea to get you going.
Both sugary and high-fiber cereals are delicious and this store carries them all.
When the heat gets the best of you, water is more important than ever. Cool off no matter where you are with a bottle from Tammy's Polynesian Market.
If you have a hankering for a tasty sandwich, swing on by Tammy's Polynesian Market and satisfy your craving.
Go under the sea with a few fresh catches, and enjoy a meal rich in protein and flavor.
If milk is your go-to beverage, you'll love the dairy products available here (great for strengthening your bones and teeth).
Health-conscious eaters will love cooking with the fresh produce available here.
Feeling hungry? Pick up some frozen food from here and enjoy a night snacking on all of your favorite items.
Discover a new flavor of bread at Tammy's Polynesian Market and get creative with your sandwiches.
A can of soup is a must-have on a rainy day. Pick one up here.
These tasty and nutritious snacks will help you push through your long workday.
Make sure you always have a variety of beverages on hand, especially during the warmer months. This drink is sure to take care of business.
Impromptu barbecues are welcome here due to the available and excellent A+ meats.
With all of the parking options nearby, you won't have to worry about forgetting where you parked.
Stock up your kitchen with only the best quality groceries from Tammy's Polynesian Market in Waipahu.
Cheeseburger, fries, and a chocolate shake: Big City Diner-Waipio has the three pieces of a perfect meal.
At Big City Diner-Waipio, you can impress your healthy friends with the vegan and gluten-free menu.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this restaurant, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
The patio tables outside of Big City Diner-Waipio are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
Pull into one of the many parking spaces nearby if you choose to drive to the restaurant.
Big City Diner-Waipio is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
If you don't want a night that will cost you an arm and a leg but you do want a delicious meal, come to Big City Diner-Waipio.
What's your favorite meal of the day? Chow down on breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Big City Diner-Waipio and taste test your way through the menu.
Who says you have to dress up for a nice meal? Enjoy all your favorite diner foods in a relaxed, casual atmosphere when you come to Big City Diner-Waipio.
Whether you're stopping in for breakfast or late night coffee, you can always expect quality food and friendly service from Big City Diner-Waipio.
Visit Chili's and indulge in some good old-fashioned American cuisine.
G-free and low-fat are just a couple of examples, come here for a quick bite that will leave you feeling healthy.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this restaurant has kid-friendly food and seating.
Just around the workday bend are Chili's' happy hour food and drink bargains.
Your group can sit comfortably at Chili's, a local restaurant.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Chili's is ultra casual.
Chili's can also cater your next party; call today for details.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
At Chili's, diners can score a guaranteed parking spot close to the restaurant.
At Chili's, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Chili's s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
Chili's is a great place to go for lunch or dinner, so make your way over to the restaurant today and munch on an American classic.
At Chili's you can find great American food at any time of the day.
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated Chili's.
Flavorful, five-star sauces fill the menu at Auntie Pasto's, and visitors will say it serves the best Italian fare in town.
At Auntie Pasto's, you can bring your own beverages and enjoy tasty eats.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Skip long waits and head to Auntie Pasto's with your large group for easy seating.
Auntie Pasto's' guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
Catering services are also available.
With a parking lot adjacent to Auntie Pasto's, you won't get stuck circling the block.
If you don't want a night that will cost you an arm and a leg but you do want a delicious meal, come to Auntie Pasto's.
Treat yourself to breakfast, lunch, and dinner all in one place
the restaurant offers three main meals a day, though dinner is the real winner.
Visit Auntie Pasto's for great Italian food that is well worth the price.
So the next time you're craving a decadent bowl of pasta or want to try a new Italian twist, Auntie Pasto's is ready for you.
Don't let your hectic schedule get in the way of a tasty meal — head over to Waipahu's McDonald's for an ultra-fast lunch or dinner.
McDonald's knows how to make gluten-free and low-fat fare taste great, so stop by for a healthy (and flavorful) bite.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this restaurant — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Wifi access is totally free at McDonald's, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
McDonald's offers patio seating in the warmer months.
Whether you have a large or small group, McDonald's can accommodate both.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Take your vehicle to dinner
nearby parking is plentiful and will not pose a problem for drivers looking to dine.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
The breakfast menu at the restaurant draws rave reviews, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
Swing by the restaurant at literally any hour — it's open 24 hours a day.
If you're hunting for a quick and easy lunch option, check out the highly-rated McDonald's.
For fast food in Waipahu's Waipahu neighborhood, check out the burger menu at McDonald's.
Whether rocking a gluten-free lifestyle or looking for something low-fat, this place will serve you just what you need.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Getting online is easy with McDonald's' free and convenient wifi.
On warmer days, you can take advantage of McDonald's' al fresco patio seating.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Drivers will find parking not far from the restaurant.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at McDonald's.
The grub at McDonald's is also a downright bargain — most people can chow down for less than $15.
The breakfast menu receives the most rave reviews from patrons, but you can also stop in for lunch and dinner later in the day.
When you're on-the-go and need a quick bite to eat, McDonald's' burgers will do the trick.
When you're on-the-go and need to grab something quick to eat, make your way over to the highly-rated McDonald's.
Siu mai: small pork dumplings. Each has a thin wrapper that needs to be delicately pleated by hand. Easily, they’re one of the most labor-intensive items at Phoenix Restaurant in Chicago, where each weekend this Chinese restaurant serves 80 different varieties of classic dim sum snacks.
This little fact about the siu mai is one of many surprising stories I learn from Eddy, the chef at Phoenix, where he also handles a million other tasks to keep the restaurant running smoothly. When I first came in, he was waving at a group of regulars while on the phone haggling with a seafood vendor.
“What we are serving in this restaurant is what we are eating in Hong Kong. ... It’s very typical,” Eddy says.
In 1996, Phoenix was one of the first restaurants to introduce dim sum to Chicago. Its customer base has grown over the years, and today, even with other dim sum restaurants up and down the block, you’ll find long lines winding out the door on any given Sunday.
Sound intimidating? It doesn't have to be.
Here's our guide to dim-sum dining, with a few tips from Eddy.
On the weekend: order dim sum off a cart
On weekends and special holidays, the wait staff winds traditional dim sum carts around tables, lifting lids off stacked steamer baskets to reveal the enticing contents. Should you see something you like, they leave the basket on your table and put a checkmark on your bill (it’s tallied at the end).
Phoenix is one of the only dim-sum restaurants in Chicago that still uses these carts. When I ask Eddy why they keep them, he says “tradition.” Not only to impress the tourists who come in, but also to let Chinese-American customers share this bit of culture with their kids.
Hot tip: if you want to experience the pushcarts without the crowds, head over on a Saturday, which tends to be less busy than Sundays, Eddy says.
On a weekday: order dim sum off the menu
Cartless weekdays offer a quiet, more peaceful atmosphere for ordering off the paper menu, which you can find near the hostess stand. Don't be intimidated—the menu has pictures; it has numbers; it has names written in both Chinese and English. And best of all, you need only point to what you want to have it brought out from the kitchen.
So what should you get?
“Everyone has their favorites,” Eddy says. The most popular dishes with Westerners are ha gao (shrimp dumplings) and siu mai (pork dumplings mentioned above). Kids gravitate toward the crunchy, easy-to-grip shrimp rolls and sweeter fare, from mango pudding (pictured above) to custard rolls.
Foreign travelers, especially those from Latin America, and adventurous eaters alike seem to love the chicken feet (pictured at bottom-right of top photo), a more exotic dish consisting of skin and tendons. While all these dishes are traditional, the chefs can tweak the recipes to accommodate for special diets or food allergies.
When diners are new to dim sum, Eddy encourages them to experiment. He’ll point out a few of the more popular dishes; if there’s something they don’t end up liking, it can easily be swapped out for something else. This way, by the second or third visit, diners will have a better idea of what they like.
And don't forget the tea
At dim sum, the tea is equally important to the food. Phoenix serves three different types: green tea, white tea, and brown tea. “Each one has its own usage,” Eddy says. While we talk, we drink jasmine tea, which is good for getting rid of toxins.
You can show your dim sum know-how by obeying proper tea etiquette. When your teapot is out of water, prop the lid off to the side. This signals to the wait staff that you need more hot water.
Eddy pours more tea and tells me to tap my fingers lightly against the table when the cup is nearly full. “When your friend or host fills your tea, this means ‘thank you’,” he says. “It’s part of the custom.”
Photos by Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon
I had no idea what to expect upon arriving at Elizabeth, the Michelin Star winner from Chef Iliana Regan. But an unmarked, unremarkable storefront between a tire shop and a sporting-goods store certainly wasn’t it. With few exceptions (Schwa, most notably), Chicago’s upper-echelon restaurants boast exteriors that match their illustrious River North and Restaurant Row addresses.
But as it turns out, Regan has no taste for that sort of superficial flash. She dons no chef’s whites. She displays no awards. She does not raise her voice to the Gordon Ramsay–level roar or even the Rachael Ray-ish rollick that TV cameras eat up.
Instead, this northwest Indiana native quietly built her reputation as someone who hunts for frogs and spears them herself. Someone who has suffered tick bites and poison-ivy rashes foraging for wild flora. Someone who has penned an essay on intensity for Lucky Peach and once themed an Elizabeth tasting menu after those violent and visceral A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
So yeah, I was kinda terrified to eat her food.
I’d never done a tasting menu before. And I wouldn’t necessarily classify myself as a picky eater, but I’m not a particularly adventurous one either, particularly when it comes to meat. (I can barely look at plated octopus without shivering.) I’d heard that Regan once served edible ants. Which are, like, bugs.
My nerves were calmed upon walking into Elizabeth, though. Austere yet charming, the whitewashed space was accented by light fixtures made from bare tree branches; dining chairs draped with faux-fur slipcovers; a chef’s counter armed with Elder Scrolls and Vikings Funko Pop! dolls. It was all in support of the season’s menu theme: vikings.
There were two options: land or sea. Or, as the first in a delightful succession of servers explained it, “Imagine a viking ship has reached the shore. One group goes on land to look for food, the other into the sea.” My friend Erin and I opted to order one of each to share and, despite my trepidation of certain meats, placed no restrictions on what we would eat. (You can arrange for some allergies and dietary needs in advance.) We wanted to go all in.
After the amuse-bouche—a surprisingly complex roasted whey carrot dressed with goat’s-milk cheese and edible flowers—came our first courses. The land dish was … a bowl of rocks. The server assured me the top “rock” was actually a baked potato coated in edible clay. But it was very convincing as a rock, so I bit in with trepidation. As Erin ate the rest, dipping it into the cheese and butter puddings it was served with, I forked into her langoustine with lingonberries. (Pro tip: don’t try to tear off the claw without looking. You will stab your finger on a spine.) So far, so very good.
As the servers continued to weave their culinary narrative, I realized there was an unmentioned character in their tale—Elizabeth itself. The restaurant is small, seating about 16 or so, and the kitchen is wide open. It was impossible not to get caught up in what was happening back there, particularly when sous chefs were wielding brûlée torches and “plating” on gorgeous pieces of handmade pottery. And the line between front and back of house was practically nonexistent. One moment, you’d see someone in the kitchen stirring and slicing; the next they’d be presenting your next course or clearing your table. (Chef Regan included.)
This created an unexpected intimacy, one that removed any hesitation when asking about a particular dish. It’s clear the teammates take a deep yet quiet pride in their collective work. They spoke warmly about where ingredients came from, excitedly about the preparation techniques used. They always used “we” or “our,” never “me” or “Chef Regan.” (Again, Chef Regan included.)
Over the next few courses, there were so many charms. An herb-rolled, soft-boiled quail egg served in an actual nest; impossibly chewy seaweed bread darkened by squid ink; a cauliflower-mushroom soup that Erin about died over. I was particularly fond of a course called Barnyard: headcheese dusted with beet powder, paired with a collage of root vegetables and flavored puddings reminiscent of something out of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.
And that’s the thing. Never in my life would I have thought that I’d be fond of headcheese. I would have probably never eaten it if it weren’t for this meal. But it was fun to break out of my culinary comfort zone.
The other surprising thing? How full we were, considering it was a tasting menu. By the time we were served the entree courses—rare lamb medallions wrapped in swiss chard and pickled fish in a sauce of its own bones—we were taking deep breaths between bites. I’m pretty sure they were the only two plates we didn’t completely clean.
We managed to buck up for our “one-and-a-half” dessert courses, as the server put it. (The “half” was a palate-cleansing sorbet.) Our favorite was Under the Sea, a spongy coral-seaweed cake so realistic looking it prompted me to ask the server just how much of it we could eat. “All of it,” she said. We complied.
Maybe, as a writer, I’m just a sucker for a good story. But I was enchanted by Elizabeth, both in backstory and in not knowing what was coming next throughout the culinary adventure. And while I probably won’t be buying headcheese any time soon, I’m excited to see what Chef Regan has up her non-chef’s-whites sleeves next season.
Shop Chef Iliana Regan's tasting-menu experience at Elizabeth Restaurant:
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As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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