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Sunday, March 22, 2015

SIDE STREET INN

SIDE STREET INN
HONOLULU, HAWAII

SIDE STREET INN
1225 HOPAKA STREET
HONOLULU, HI  96814
808-591-0253
HOURS: Monday thru Thursday 2:00 PM - 12:00 AM
                Friday and Saturday 2:00 PM - 1:00 AM
                Sunday 1:00 PM - 12:00 AM

I added Side Street Inn to my top favorite restaurants of all time list for many reasons.  Number one being the food.  Number two being the variety of dishes and number three being the consistency of great flavors.  Last but not least would be the ambiance and service which is old school local Hawaiian style which I love.  We recently had two sets of guests in from the mainland and we could not think of where to take them for dinner.  I asked both of them what they wanted "steak, seafood, pasta or local style".  Both chose "local style" so we took them to the Side Street Inn on two different nights.  When you arrive at Side Street Inn, I recommend using the valet parking which is right in front of the restaurant.  There is not much parking in the area and using the valet just makes things more stress free.  Valet fee is $5.00.  I did not shoot photos on the first night, but boy how I wish I did because the spread of food was amazing.  Seared Ahi, Steamed Clams, KalBi Steak, Garlic Chicken, Wedge Salad, Spinach Salad and three different desserts.  We ate family style sharing all of the dishes amongst the four of us and our out of town guests were happy and satisfied.  The next night was a little bit more subdued on the food side but the experience was the same.  Happy and satisfied!    
We started with "Da Wedge" Salad ($10).  This baby is huge.  A full half head of Iceberg Lettuce served with Bacon, Tomatoes, Red Onion, Crumbled Bleu Cheese and Bleu Cheese Dressing.  One order was enough for four people and it was delicious.  Next up was the House Specialty Pan Fried Island Pork Chops ($20).  On this visit the Chops were cooked and seasoned to perfection.  The meat was moist and seasoned with lots of black pepper.  On other visits the Chops have been good but sometimes overcooked and dry.  Not this time.  Perfection!  The Pork Chops are served with a side of Ketchup which always takes me back to my youth when we would eat those very thin and tasteless Pork Chops at home and then smother them in Ketchup.  A visit to Side Street Inn would not be complete without eating the Award Winning Side Style Fried Rice ($12.50).  This is hands down the best fried rice in Hawaii and one of our families favorite dishes in the world.  Always perfectly cooked rice filled with large amounts of Char Siu, Bacon, Portuguese Sausage, Peas, Carrots and Green Onion.  We always bring the leftovers home and enjoy this for breakfast.  If you are a lover of Fried Rice, this is the real deal and not to be missed.  Another dish that should not be missed if you are a fish lover is the Chinese Style Steamed Kampachi ($20).  In my opinion this is one of the best seafood dishes in all of Hawaii.  The Kampachi is perfectly cooked, moist and so delicious with the Hot Peanut Oil and Sauce.  Had this fish two nights in a row and I would eat it again the next night if I could.  There are restaurants in Honolulu that charge $30-$40 for a piece of fish like this and they do not compare to this. That is the beauty of eating at Side Street.  When you go "family style" and share everything on the table you get to enjoy small bites of many dishes rather than just one or two.  A few bites of meat, a few of the fish, some salad and fried rice.  Now that to me is great eats!  I love the Side Street Inn and it is a TASTE OF HAWAII FAVORITE.
Click links below for more posts on the Side Street Inn;

SIDE STREET INN IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE HAWAII RESTAURANTS
CASUAL LOCAL BAR NEAR ALA MOANA SHOPPING CENTER
EAT AT THE BAR AND ENJOY SPORTS ON THE MULTIPLE FLAT SCREENS
TABLE AND BOOTH SEATING - I RECOMMEND GOING FOR A BOOTH
SIDE STREET INN MENU
BEEF AND PORK DISHES
FISH AND SEAFOOD
CHICKEN, FRIED RICE AND NOODLES
SALADS AND TOFU
APPETIZERS AND SIDES
SIDE STREET INN SPECIALS
"DA WEDGE" SALAD
PAN FRIED ISLAND PORK CHOPS SERVED WITH KETCHUP
"AWARD WINNING" SIDE STYLE FRIED RICE 
CHINESE STYLE STEAMED KAMPACHI


AHI AND KAJIKI POKE SPECIAL


FARMERS SALAD (LITE PORTION)



STEAMED CLAMS




SIZZLING BONE-LESS KALBI

DON'T MISS DESSERT AT SIDE STREET INN 

RB'S ICE CREAM PIE - BABANA CRUNCH

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CRUNCH

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