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Part I-III: Chuggy Bear’s Best Bites of 2013

Chuggy Bear recaps his favorite and most memorable bites of 2013

Posted December 31, 2013 by Grant Shindo

As 2013 comes to a close, here’s a look at the great dishes and bites I encountered this past year, from quick snacks to epic multi-course dinners. Because my list is long, I’ve assembled it in three parts. My criteria for this list is simply digging through my food memory bank and recalling the most memorable dishes I’ve enjoyed. Just thinking about them allowed me to relive the flavor and textures, as if I just indulged all over again.

Part III

Pili Hawaii at Taste (1 of 15)

Pili Hawaii at Taste

Chef Mark Noguchi makes some of the best local foods. He finds ways to take local ingredients and turn them into nostalgic and familiar dishes with great flavor and execution. His grilled cheese sandwich with tomato dip is made with Christopher Sy's famous artisan bread, adding a nice toothsome bite for the creamy cheese. The tomato dip is reminiscent of the American grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup mom used to make.

661 Auahi St.

Part II

Kan Zaman (1 of 15)

Kan Zaman

New to downtown is a Moroccan and Lebanese restaurant with my favorite working lunch. The merguez sandwich is loaded with a tasty lamb sausage, pressed with cheese, onions and peppers and served with a side of crispy fries and aioli. Very filling and satisfying, I hope you have a pillow at your desk for the post lunch nap.

Kan Zaman
1028 Nu'uanu Ave.

Part I

678 Hawaii (1 of 15)

678 Hawaii

678 Hawaii is my new favorite spot for yakiniku. The quality meats, green onion salad, egg and cheese sides and combos make this one of the most popular Korean eateries in town. I recommend the 678 Combo, which includes beautifully marbled brisket, wagyu boneless short rib, marinated outside skirt and one of three soups. Tables are equipped with call buttons to flag down a server for ordering, water and the bill to ensure good service.

678 Hawaii
1726 Kapiolani Blvd.


About Grant Shindo

Who is that you spot at your local restaurant, bar, food truck or pop-up? Grant "Chuggy Bear" Shindo is always on the hunt for the tastiest grub this island has to offer. Chuggy Bear not only has a passion for food, but also a desire to share his experiences through colorful and honest storytelling. Next time you're at a farmer’s market, say “hi” to Grant and find out what the next plate has to offer. You can find his favorite spots at

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