Food & Drink

The Thrillist Awards: Honolulu's Best Food & Drink of 2015

Published On 12/28/2015 Published On 12/28/2015
Courtesy of Thomas Obungen (edited)
Franky Fresh
Menya Musashi Hawaii
Da Hawaiian Poke Company
Courtesy of Lian Nakaishi
Waikiki Brewing Company
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1. Franky Fresh 3040 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816 (Kaimuki)

Walking into this Kaimuki joint is like teleporting to the golden era of 80s hip-hop: boomboxes hang on the walls, not far from portraits of Michael Jackson, Notorious B.I.G., and Will Smith in the Fresh Prince years -- and that’s before you get to the bar, where you’re greeted with a menu printed upon a real vinyl record. Franky Fresh is a gangster’s paradise (sorry, we couldn’t resist) of decadent milkshakes and burgers, and whether you get the punning names or not (Marky Mark, anyone?), these all-local, grass-fed patties are some of the best on the island. Just be sure to get there early, as it’s a popular destination on the weekends.

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2. Timmy T's Gourmet Grinders 31 Hoolai St, Kailua, HI 96734

This is our favorite place to grab sandwiches in Honolulu.

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3. Menya Musashi Ramen , Honolulu, HI (Ala Moana)

The ramen here is fantastic and you can choose what broth base you want as well as how thick you want your noodle. No matter how you like your ramen, this spot has you covered.

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4. Aloha Terrace Loco Moco 740 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

This is one of our favorite lunch spots in Honolulu.

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5. Countryside Café 62 N Hotel St, Honolulu, HI 96817

This should be number one on your list of brunch places in Honolulu.

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7. 'Ai Love Nalo 41-1025 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimānalo, HI 96795

Tucked on the east side of Waimanalo, this vegan spot offers a vegetables-filled menu of sandwiches, salads, and falafel, among other options, that will convert meat-eaters into vegan fanatics for the day. As a nod to the beach town location, the space is filled with reclaimed wood accents, which blend perfectly with the muted peach-colored walls and spinning fans to exude the most tropical of atmospheres.

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8. The Local Hawaii 131 Hekili St Ste 108A, Kailua, HI 96734

This is the best place for a shaved ice in Honolulu.

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11. Dumb Coq 12 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96813 (Downtown)

This super trendy restaurant serves classic American dishes like French onion soup, cobb salads, and burgers. With great portion sizes you are not going to ever leave here hungry.

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12. Waikiki Brewing Company 1945 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

This open-air brewery overlooks the bustling Kalakaua Avenue. If you're looking to try something new, check out the Jalapeño Mouth amber ale.

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14. Artizen by MW 250 S Hotel St, Honolulu, HI 96813

Located in the Hawaii State Art Museum, this casual eatery offers great to-go lunch options and boasts a creative, ever-changing menu.

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