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Thursday, November 23, 2017

MEGS DRIVE INN

MEGS DRIVE IN
743 WAIAKAMILO ROAD
HONOLULU, HI. 96817
808-845-3943
HOURS:  Daily 5:30 AM - 8:30 PM / Closed Sunday

Another lunch at my desk and it is Megs Drive Inn Chef Salad.  I love this salad and probably eat one a couple times per month during work.  I always remove the croutons but love everything else in this salad.  There is usually Turkey, Ham, Cheese, Bacon, Eggs, Tomato and lettuce.  Served with a tangy French Dressing.  Love the fact that they use Romaine and Regular Lettuce rather than the Spring Mix that is dark and bitter.  This salad is aways satisfying and fills me up.  

MEGS DRIVE INN CHEF SALAD

WINGSTOP

WINGSTOP
KAPALAMA SHOPPING CENTER
1210 DILLINGHAM BLVD
HONOLULU, HI. 96817
808-842-9464
HOURS:  Daily 10:30 AM - 12:00 AM

I am always having lunch at my desk.  On this day I opted for WingStop because co-workers were going to another restaurant nearby.  What I loved about WingStop is that you can order online in minutes, pay and then pick up.  It is so convenient and easy to order and pay online.  My lunch consisted of an 8 Piece Combo Meal ($14).  Original Hot Wings with a side of Cole Slaw and Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce.  Wings were good and I loved the Cole Slaw.  

WINGSTOP 8 PIECE COMBO PLATE WITH COLE SLAW

FISH TACOS

 FISH TACOS
DINNER AT HOME

After visiting the Brigantine in Del Mar, California and eating their Fish Tacos I was craving a good fish taco.  I was originally going to fry the fish like the Brigantine ones that I love but decided to go with a more healthy taco and just grill some fresh fish.  Coated the fish with Cajun Spices and made up a nice Slaw and Pico de Gallo and added Cheese and Avocado.  These Fish Tacos were excellent and much better than 99.9% of the restaurants in Hawaii that serve Fish Tacos.

FISH TACOS


AI LOVE NALO

AI LOVE NALO
41-1025 KALANIANAOLE HWY
WAIMANALO, HI. 96795
808-888-9102
HOURS:  Monday/Wednesday thru Sunday 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM / Closed Tuesday

My Daughter wants to be a Vegan half of the time.  She found a little place called Ai Love Nalo in Waimanalo when hitting the beach with friends and insisted we go there while attending an event in Waimanalo.  It is kind of fitting that the restaurant is located right next to a McDonalds which I was craving.  We entered to find a pretty good crowd eating, ordering and waiting for food.  Quickly learned that you order at the counter and then take a seat with a number and the food is brought to you.  We placed our order and wondered out back where we found two kitchens preparing the food and smoothies.  One was a basic structure and the other kind of a food truck.  We loved the grass area and garden and quickly took our dog for a walk around.  Took some photos and waited for our food.
Waited a bit and then our Watermelon Splash ($6 regular/$8 large) came to the table.  This Watermelon drink with Coconut Water, Papaya and Honey was pretty darn refreshing.  Our food arrived looking really good with fresh veggies and color.  I went for the BBQ Portebello Sandwich ($13).  First bite....delicious.  Really good flavor.  My Wife and Daughter got some type of Vegetable Plates and loved them.  Daughter now wants to be a Vegan.  Not me!  I walked pass the McDonalds craving a cheeseburger.

AI LOVE NALO IN WAIMANALO
SMALL VEGAN RESTAURANT WITH INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SEATING
ORDER AT THE COUNTER
MENU BOARDS AND YOU CAN SHOP TOO
AI LOVE NALO MENU
AI LOVE NALO SMOOTHIES AND DRINKS
KITCHEN AND PREP IS OUT BACK
KITCHEN #2 IS A FOOD TRUCK OR TRAILER
OUTDOOR COVERED SEATING AREA
GARDEN OF EAT-IN
PET FRIENDLY!
STRIKE A POSE AT AI LOVE NALO
LOVE THE PORTRAIT MODE ON MY NEW IPHONE X
WATERMELON SPLASH
LUNCH AT AI LOVE NALO
BBQ PORTABELLO SANDWICH






TANAKA OF TOKYO

TANAKA OF TOKYO
ALA MOANA SHOPPING CENTER
1450 ALA MOANA BLVD
HONOLULU, HI. 96814
808-945-3443
HOURS:  Daily 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM / 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Enjoyed a delicious and satisfying meal at Tanaka of Tokyo thanks to some friends who gave us a gift certificate.  This Japanese Teppanyaki style restaurant sits you at table side grills where chefs prepare steak and seafood right at your table.  The show is half the fun here but the food is the star.  Fresh vegetables, seafood and steak cooked with a little oil, butter and garlic.  Pretty simple stuff but the flavors are great.  Loved the salad dressing and the sauce served with the Seared Ahi.  The Pickled Vegetables here were amazing.  Loved them.  While the Lobster and Calamari were a little overcooked, I did enjoy them.  Steak was delicious and somehow the Onions and Bean Sprouts taste better here.  Cannot get enough of them.  Our Chef was local and pretty funny.  He did the usual tricks flipping shrimp tails into his hat and creating a mini volcano using the onions.  Entertaining evening with great food and family.

SMALL BAR AT TANAKA OF TOKYO
SEATING AT GRILL TABLES MEANS YOU MAY MAKE SOME NEW FRIENDS
TANAKA OF TOKYO MENU






SEARED AHI
HOUSE SALAD
GRILL AT YOUR TABLE
LET THE SHOW BEGIN
GETS A BIT HOT FOR A MINUTE OR TWO
STEAKS GRILLED TO ORDER
MISO SOUP
FRIED RICE
PICKLED VEGETABLES
SAUCE FOR VEGETABLES AND STEAK
GRILLED SHRIMP
GRILLED CALAMARI
ONIONS, MUSHROOMS AND PEPPERS
LOBSTER TAIL
GRILLED FILET



CHRONIC TACOS MEXICAN GRILL

CHRONIC TACOS MEXICAN GRILL
SAFEWAY SHOPPING CENTER
888 KAPAHULU AVE
HONOLULU, HI. 96816
808-376-2095
HOURS:  Daily 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Totally not impressed with my first visit to Chronic Tacos Mexican Grill on Kapahulu.  This Chipotle type fast Mexican food restaurant was expensive and did not deliver on flavor.  Two Burrito's with Guacamole and one drink cost $28.  I thought this was super expensive for a Burrito joint.  Typical set up like you are seeing across the Mexican food landscape across America.  Pick your protein
and then how you want it served up; Taco, Burrito, Tostada or Bowl.  I went with the Burrito with Carne Asada and then went down the line and picked the fillings.  The Burrito came out large which a lot of people will like but the flavor of the meat and fillings just did not satisfy.  Very bland even without the salsa.  Totally disappointed with this food.

CHRONIC TACOS MEXICAN GRILL ON KAPAHULU AVENUE
ORDER AT THE COUNTER AND MOVE DOWN THE LINE
CHOOSE YOUR FILLINGS, TOPPINGS AND SAUCE
CHRONIC TACOS BURRITO
BURRITO WAS LARGE
CARNE ASADA, BEANS, RICE, LETTUCE, CILANTRO, ONIONS, GUACAMOLE AND SALSA