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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

Hula Grill Waikiki (15 of 15)

Hula Grill Waikiki

Hula Grill is one of the hidden gems of Waikiki that all locals should give a try. The specials are amazing, and this dessert really struck me as something special. The pineapple coconut creme brulee is served inside the pineapple and is a nice way to end a meal at the popular Waikiki restaurant. The coconut mellows the sweetness of the pineapple, and the nice crispy creme brulee topping completes this wild dessert experience.

Hula Grill Waikiki
2335 Kalakaua Ave.


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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