Best new acai bowl
Arch Café Honolulu (address and info) Makiki Who would’ve thought you'd find the best acai bowl tucked between the free weights and rock-climbing wall at Volcanic Climbing & Fitness? Nevertheless, this new joint offers a refreshing post-workout or post-anything treat, with their giant made-to-order bowls filled with fresh fruit and granola. The Arch bowl comes with a scoop of haupia sorbet, but the creamy, coconut-flavored treat can be added to any bowl for an additional $2.
Best new bubble tea
Infinitea (address and info
) Ala Moana Located in the new 808 Center, this tea and smoothie shop has more than 80 drink options. Choose your sweetness level, amount of ice, and size, ranging from regular to monster for the super thirsty. Topping choices include tapioca balls, chia seeds, flavored pop rock boba, ice cream, jellies, and eye-pleasing tea extras like heart, star, bear, and, dolphin-shaped jellies.
Best new lunch spot
The Dumb Coq (address and info
) Downtown This new King Street restaurant initially garnered attention because people were, well, intrigued to discover just what kind of food goes with such a suggestive name. The answer so far: starters, soups, salads, sandwiches, a burger, and steak. An early favorite is their made-to-order Coq Monsieur, a juicy ham and cheese sandwich with Gruyere and a layer of béchamel sauce, fried together on sourdough bread. Lucky people who work downtown can grab this hearty meal daily. At least for the rest of us, we can keep our waistlines and cholesterol levels in check.