Food & Drink

Honolulu’s 10 Best Meals for Under $10

Published On 07/20/2015 Published On 07/20/2015
Ric Noyle
Kathy YL Chan
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Morning Hill Foods, LLC
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1. Nico's Fish Market 1129 N Nimitz Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96817

Located at Nico's Pier 38, this fish market serves breakfast and lunch dishes for people on the pier, as well as fresh fish fillets. Breakfast includes a fish omelette and local favorites, while lunch's highlight is the Poke bowl topped with three toppings of your choosing.

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2. Andy's Sandwiches & Smoothies 2904 East Manoa Rd, Honolulu, HI 96822

This unassuming spot is churning out fresh, homemade bread and topping it with all sorts of killer combos like tuna, avocado, tomato, & cheese. The second half of Andy's, the smoothies, come in over 20 varieties that are perfect after a walk in the forest reserve.

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3. Rainbow Drive-In 3308 Kanaina Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

A bona fide piece of Honolulu history and culture, the Rainbow has been the same for more than 50 years. And the dishes have remained largely the same as well, featuring the Loco Moco bowl, chili, BBQ ahi, and roast pork.

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4. Lucky Belly 50 N Hotel St, Honolulu, HI 96817

This Chinatown spot serves Asian style dishes like shrimp gyoza, ramen, oxtail dumplings, and thai red curry with coconut gnocchi. Lucky Belly itself might be a popular nighttime spot, but the late-night takeout window is the real pro move -- the menu is constantly changing, but the bites will only cost you around $5. Past window menu items have included bacon kimchi fried rice and a pork belly bao.

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5. Mana Bu's 1618 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96826

Home of award winning musubi (a snack made of rice, seaweed & a filling), this spot usually sells out by 1pm, and puts their snacks on sale at 6:30am. So wake up early and go get one, or two, or three...

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6. Diamond Head Market & Grill 3158 Monsarrat Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

People tend to forget the "grill" part of Diamond Head. They've become well known for their scones, which are baked with cream cheese. However, the grill serves great lunch plates like fish sandwiches and burgers, all reasonably priced.

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7. Kaimuki Superette 3458 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

This seasonal sandwich shop features a daily special melt on their menu of sandwiches, salads, and antipasti. You can expect sandwiches like the Downtown Ahi Clubhouse (ahi, bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and wasabi aioli) and the South Shore He'e Roll (poached octopus, celery seed, tarragon aioli on a buttered bun) for lunch. Breakfast features a classic egg, bacon, & cheddar sandwich, and a egg, kale, & brie sandwich.