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When traveling, do you search for the best places to eat in the local area? If you’re heading to Oahu, then you need to head to Chinatown, a hidden gem for ‘foodies’ in Honolulu. Most tourists find themselves trapped in Waikiki eating along the strip. Chinatown has been our favorite spot for eateries as new places continue popping up! The first half of the list, we’ve eaten at and loved it. We plan on trying out the second half of the list shortly but for now, we are here to share the best ten places to eat in Chinatown!
1. LIVESTOCK TAVERN
Livestock Tavern was the very first Chinatown restaurant we’ve tried out last year. They release a new menu every season and right now, they’re offering the Autumn menu for lunch and supper. They have a great cocktail bar and serve American food – pasta, chicken, seafood, burger, prime rib, and many more! Each dish we ordered was phenomenal and the flavor was incredible!
2. THE PIG & THE LADY
The Pig & The Lady is a Vietnamese restaurant and is very popular for its PHO! When we ate here, of course, we all ordered Pho. The broth was tasty and oh so good! I want to go back just for their soup! If you’re looking for some good Vietnamese food, check this place out!
3. ENCORE SALOON
You can never go wrong with Mexican food. This spot will hit the spot for sure! Great for a late night bite filled with music, cocktail bar, and their food is very delicious!
4. LUCKY BELLY
Looking for amazing ramen place? This is it! The broth is crazy good and tasty! My favorite from this place is their Pork Belly Bao. Which are steamed buns with pork belly and hoisin sauce. It’s so yummy! We need to come back soon and try more of their food!
5. DOWNBEAT DINER & LOUNGE
We stumbled upon this place because we were searching for vegan food! Most of the items on their menu can be substituted for vegan or vegetarian alternatives! Even down to their desserts! It was our first time tasting vegan bbq chicken wings and it hit the spot. One of our favorite places to eat in Chinatown as well as one of the best vegan restaurants on Oahu.
6. SQUARE BARRELS
If you like charcuterie platters and great drinks, check out Square Barrels! They serve burgers, fries, and lots of other comfort foods! If you’re going out on a date or simply with friends, it’s an easy-going social spot.
A really high rated Korean bbq place in Chinatown. We’ve never tried any of the food but their bibimbap looks good!
We’ve never heard of this place until looking at highly rated places to eat on Yelp. This gem has been hiding in Chinatown and we must try it out very soon. From seafood, meat, and pasta, they’ve got it all! I’m eyeing out their carbonara on the menu!
9. HASR BISTRO
We can’t get enough of French food! This is another place we must try after reading all of the positive reviews.
10. BRICK FIRE TAVERN
Who doesn’t like pizza? This is a perfect dining place for the family. Their appetizers, pizza, and desserts look mighty delicious!
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