Food & Drink / Opened: 4Kings Kitchen, in the former Buffalo Boys Hoagies space. Kapo Kealoha, previously executive chef of Tiki’s, serves up local-style fare like mochiko chicken and pork chops.
Food & Drink / Opened: Jin Din Rou, a Japanese chain specializing in xiao long bao (soup dumplings). Currently open for lunch from 11am to 3pm, dinner service should begin by the end of the month.
Department of Health recalls products from Waipahu-based First Commercial Kitchen LLC and suspends the company’s permit to operate due to allegedly improperly manufactured products that pose potential health risks. For a full list of recalled products, which include items from Aloha Salads, Arturo’s, India Cafe, and Soul de Cuba, see [hawaii.gov] Grand opening: Beach Bum Cafe, a new microbrew coffee house, on First Friday, 2/4.
Food & Drink / Opened: Thai Herb Kitchen. Thai food, by way of Japan, served in cute and bright environs, in the former A Taste of the Bayou space.
Food & Drink / Opened: J2 Asian Fusion. Another outpost of JJ French Pastry that’s located on the same block as the original.
Food & Drink / Opened: Home Bar and Grill. The chefs at Kanpai have moved back to their old and now newly renovated Slammers spot. Some menu favorites from Kanpai have transferred over, like the Wafu steak and garlic chicken, while new menu items are being developed.
food & Drink / Opened: Jollibee. Hawaii’s first outpost of this Filipino fast-food chain, described as “American-style fast-food with Filipino-influenced dishes.” Waipahu Shopping Plaza, 94-300 Farrington Hwy., 671-7448 Opened: Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, next to Olive Tree.
Opened: Izakaya Shinn, a more upscale venture from the owners of bento eatery Kokoro Tei. The izakaya features Japanese small plates, a robata grill and a sushi bar in a swank setting.
Food & Drink / Opened: Keeaumoku Supermarket. This bright and clean supermarket specializes in Korean products–naturally, given its location on Koreamoku–and offers a kimchee and banchan bar, bentos and baked goods.
food & Drink / Opened: Yogustory. Not just another frozen yogurt shop, this stylish, two-level cafe also offers food options from breakfast to after-dinner desserts like a calamansi tart and toffee pecan tart. 815 Keeaumoku St., 942-0505 Alan Wong’s new cookbook: The Blue Tomato. The book is currently available via [thebluetomato.net] and Alan Wong’s restaurant.
food & Drink / More caffeine on wheels: Cafe Truck. Here, the clothes and menu are more extensive than at other coffee trucks around town. Drinks include 100 percent Kona coffee, espresso and blended iced coffee in flavors like pumpkin spice and pralines and cream.
Back on the wagon: After a brief hiatus, Zaratez Mexicatessen is back, now with a more permanent location in a parking lot by Waiola Shave Ice. Open for your taco cravings, Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 9pm.
Opened: Tanaka Saimin. The first restaurant opens in the former Weyerhaeuser box plant.
Here a truck, there a truck, everywhere a truck. Two new food trucks: Gogi Korean BBQ Taco Truck (@EatGogi), is a copy of the original Kogi taco trucks in LA, and Tacos Vicente (@tacosvicente), serves traditional Mexican tacos on the North Shore. Gogi Korean BBQ Taco Truck: [eatgogi.com] Tacos Vicente: [tacosvicente.com] Coffee with a side of skin.
Opened: Kokoro Tei. Made-to-order bentos include tonkatsu, ginger pork and fried chicken with black pepper sauce. 2424 S Beretania St., Ste A105, 951-5656 Debut of Let Them Eat Cupcakes: The town’s newest cupcake bakers, former Honolulu Advertiser employees Nick Gervais and Kawehi Haug–Haug was a longtime A&E editor at the Weekly–will be showcasing their sweet treats at Shop, Bop and Grind at First Friday in Chinatown.
“Local mocos”: Starting this week, Zippy’s will feature locally produced beef in all 25 restaurants. All locations, [zippys.com] Opened: Bella Mia Pizzaria [sic].
Opened: Shabu Shabu Bangkok. In a location previously occupied by Yakiniku Toraji, this Kapahulu space has transitioned from Japanese yakiniku to Thai hot pot, going from grill-your-own to boil-your-own and joining Honolulu’s shabu shabu craze.
Opened: 22° North Restaurant & Bar in Lihue, Kauai, in the space formerly occupied by Gaylord’s at Kilohana. Billed as a “locavore restaurant,” 22° North features Kauai-grown meats–such as beef, pork, rabbit and fish–and produce from its own 1.5-acre garden and 60-acre Kilohana orchard and agricultural park.