At 11:30pm I find myself unwinding in the classy dine-in section of Zippys’, watching the yoke of an over easy egg form a slow cascade into my brown rice and glinting Portuguese sausage. I glance from the usual meat ‘n’ eggs meal to the stack of papers brimming with culinary questions in front of me.
TIFFANY HERVEY Growing up in Peru’s rich and colorful culture, Diana Delgado DesRoches’s favorite pastime was helping her mother in the kitchen. DesRoches says Peru’s geography plays an important role in their cuisine, providing a variety of ingredients and styles–native foods such as quinoa, 3,800 different types of potatoes, mate, maize, goji berries and chili peppers such as aji amarillo and panca.
Sing Cheong Yuan Bakery 1027 Maunakea St., 7am–5:30pm daily, 531-6688 RAINBOW TEA STOP & BAKERY 1120 Maunakea St., 5:30am–4pm (on vacation till April 13) 386-3388 LEE’S DRIVE-IN 46-026 Kamehameha Hwy., Kaneohe, 9am–6pm daily 235-1067 FOOK LAM SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 100 N. Beretania Street, Suite 110-112, 8am-3pm daily 523-9168 When I was young, I used to visit my grandpa, who sold Chinese sweets from an old cart.
If you eat at Pupukea Grill, the lunchwagon nestled next to the service station and across the street from Shark’s Cove on Oahu’s infamous North Shore, you are there because someone told you to go there, or because you were lucky enough to stumble upon it. The remote wagon’s bustling business has been growing strictly by word of mouth since they reopened last summer.
Heeia Kea Pier General Store & Deli “Try the fried moi–makes you go moemoe right aftah,” a fisherman at a nearby picnic table said with a chuckle as he examined a shirtless local boy soaking in the newly spruced-up Heeia Pier. The boy’s eyes circled around the freshly written chalkboard specials with an indecisive gaze.
YuZu is the sort of place where you wouldn’t be surprised to see anyone: a couple of Harajuku Barbies iPhoning their food, rail-thin vegans in yoga pants nibbling vegetarian sushi, a tableful of locals slurping udon and beer. It has a peaceful yet playful vibe, reflecting the personalities of its charming owners, Isamu “Sam” and Motoko “Moco” Kubota, whose past endeavors were equally edgy for relatively staid Honolulu: Kai (okonomiyaki omelette-pancakes), Hale (macrobiotic), Kaiwa (contemporary Japanese).
Queen’s Surf Café & Lanai 2699 Kalakaua Ave. 924-2233 Mon.-Sun., 7am-4pm Thu.-Sat., 7am-9pm, Sun 7am- 8pm Breakfast, about $6-10 Lunch, $7-$11 (shrimp or ahi salads) Dinner, $12.95-29.95, includes salad and rice No alcohol When people ask what will bring local people back to Waikiki, forget gambling.