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Did this: Honolulu’s first Dishcrawl

A secretive progressive dinner played out at the edges of Chinatown last night. Here’s an inside look

Posted November 8, 2012 by Mari Taketa

Honolulu’s first Dishcrawl happened last night, a high-buzz progressive dinner that was so secret, nobody knew which restaurants were involved until we ended up inside the doors. And until last night, nobody really knew what a Dishcrawl was, either, but the idea of a secret progressive dinner through downtown Honolulu was so hot, the 45 spots sold out within days of a social media blitz.

Dishcrawl is a movement that’s sprung up in mainland cities. It’s exactly like a pub crawl, except at each of the four stops, you eat. You sign up blind: Beyond the neighborhood, the $39 cost and the fact it’s at dinner time, it’s all a mystery until two days prior, when you get an email telling you where to meet up and what time.

As for the rest, I’ll let the photos and captions tell the story. Those who want more info will find below a link to the next two Honolulu Dishcrawls.

Dishcrawl (1 of 12)


6:50 Wednesday night. We meet at Rakuen Lounge, open just a year on Bethel Street at the edge of Chinatown. The noise level is so high, my first impression is I'm the only one who doesn't know anyone.

It turns out much of the group has signed up solo. It's like a networking pau hana without personal agendas. The commonalities: Everybody's avidly into food and a degree of adventure. These are not people who need to know where they're going and what they're going to eat.

Coming Dishcrawls:
Saturday, Dec. 8: Kakaako brunch
Wednesday, Dec. 12: Downtown Date Night (different restaurants)


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  1. turkfontaine
    Posted November 8, 2012 at 3:16 am

    “Hi buzz…..and so secret”  
    ‘scintillating sophisticates sequestered behind smokey plexiglass- Jules Feiffer
    like i said: ‘they’re dancing, just over the hill. 
    it’s all too deliciously scrunchy, ya know
    i  like Soul de Cuba. i had a catfish sandwich there that was great. then i had a Cubana, also good. i have some cigar box art i’m going to send them when i locate it in my storage unit up in San Fran

  2. chant808
    Posted November 8, 2012 at 5:07 am

    Hmmm. I’m not entirely convinced, but I do like that they give you themes for the upcoming events. Kakaako sounds promising!

  3. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted November 8, 2012 at 6:58 am

    EO:  Sounds and looks like another thing to hook up with someone of similar adventure leanings.  How come you had a take home box?  You are the skinniest girl with the biggest appetite I know!

  4. nonstopmari
    Posted November 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    @turkfontaine cubanos are one of the few sandwiches i like, greasier the better. i like that u can get a cubano and fried plantains and strong coffee in hnl.

  5. nonstopmari
    Posted November 8, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    @chant808 i’m told the kakaako restaurants will be v surprising, and not what u think. are u going?

  6. nonstopmari
    Posted November 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    @Annoddah_Dave ahem. my appetite fluctuates. for me, those 3 apps were just right

  7. Posted November 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    REALLY wanted to be there :(

  8. nonstopmari
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    @Cat come! how abt next month’s downtown dishcrawl?

About Mari Taketa

Mari Taketa is a dedicated eater who's as opinionated as she is hungry. She covered everything from neighborhood mom-and-pop places to ethnic eateries to fine dining restaurants on Honolulu's dining scene for Metromix Honolulu and The Honolulu Advertiser's TGIF. Before that, she ate her way through Vietnam, Scotland and Japan, where she lived, traveled or worked, after recovering from a journalism career that included stints as editor-in-chief of Hawaii Business magazine and reporter and editor at The Associated Press. Her goals are to always be hungry for more, and to always want to know what's around the next corner.

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