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Posted March 19, 2014 by Mari Taketa

Meatball (1 of 40)

Meatball

First you choose your meatball, then your topping, then your starch (or greens). At Meatball, it's all about the ... what else? Six different kinds (beef, chicken, veg, etc.) can be topped with marinara, kimchee, mushroom gravy, etc., and put on top of french fries, spaghetti ... you get the picture. Plus there's poutine, chicken wings and salad if you like.

Perhaps the most surprising thing about Meatball, which opened last Saturday on Kapahulu across Safeway, is that it started out as a dim sum concept. "But we couldn't afford to pay people to wrap dim sum all day," says chef-owner Bob McGee, formerly of Whole Ox Deli and Salt. "My partner said well if you don't wrap dim sum, all you have is a meatball. Around midnight we called each other up and we both said, 'Meatballs!'"

The new shop has indoor and sidewalk counter seating. Best of all, there's parking — around the corner on Mokihana Street, same lot as Waiola Shave Ice. — Mari Taketa

Meatball
845 Kapahulu Ave.
808-739-9229
On Facebook at meatballhawaii

Comments


You can read all of Mari’s blogs at www.nonstophonolulu.com/Deliriyum. Follow Mari on Twitter @NonStopMari or email at mari@nonstophonolulu.com.

  1. Posted August 22, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Those Side Street pork chops were great! Couple with fried rice and you’re good to go!

  2. M
    Posted August 24, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Hello Mari!
    Lots of new places to check out!

  3. nonstopmari
    Posted August 24, 2010 at 8:16 am

    hi m! thnx for stopping by. say hi to ur wife — i remember she tried to help us w/ a stray kitty.

  4. DianeSeo
    Posted August 24, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Really got to try that pizza.

  5. ben
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 2:08 am

    I’ll have to try these places out when I visit :P

  6. konaish
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I scouted out Inferno’s today on the way back to town from the airport. The pizza looks tempting! I’ll pull in

  7. nonstopmari
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    forgot to id the pizza in the pic in the first go-round: it’s a margherita w/ prosciutto. i asked, what wd u recommend to a foodie who’ll eat anything? and that’s what they suggested.

  8. Posted August 25, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Hey, I’m going here tonight! Tell you all about it tomorrow!

  9. 808marv
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 6:51 am

    Ah must try the T.A.S.T.E. truck tacos, especially since it’s not that far from my workplace.

  10. nonstopmari
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 7:14 am

    diane, konaish, marv: post back w/ ur reports pls! cat, hope ur dinner is drool-worthy.

  11. badcat808
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Hi Mari! Good to see you busy at work again. I love the new pizza find. Thanks for checking this out. Gotta try it now.

  12. nonstopmari
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    hey badcat! i know u like to eat — saw u on mchang’s blog!

  13. 808marv
    Posted August 28, 2010 at 11:31 am

    OK so I went to the T.A.S.T.E. taco wagon on Friday. I thought that the tacos were pretty good if a little on the small side (for my appetite anyway). Nice combinations of the meat/seafood, cabbage, and sauce. I liked the shrimp with wasabi honey mayo and the “special” which was char siu with avocado and teriyaki sauce. The ribeye I thought was just OK, which was surprising because I thought I’d like that the best. I’m more of a flour tortilla fan but the corn tortilla seemed to match the ingredients. As Mari mentioned prices are $2.75 (ribeye, chicken, char siu) and $3.25 (mahi, shrimp, special). I think for people with smaller appetites two or three tacos is OK but some people may need four or more to be satisfied.

    One problem: I thought that it took too long to get the food. When I got there the two guys making the tacos were so busy filling previous orders that I had to wait quite a while for them to even *take* my order. Total time that I spent over there was maybe 20-25 minutes which to me is a bit long for a food truck/lunch wagon. It also didn’t help that they are located in in an open lot with little to no shade…me and other customers were ROASTING out there in the sun. Should’ve gone to the beach like Cat did that day!

    So to sum it up I think they’ve got a good product but they need to work on getting the food out a little faster. I’ll go again some time to try the other tacos on the menu.

    The Yelp page on T.A.S.T.E. has more reviews and pics:
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/t-a-s-t-e-honolulu

    So that’s my review!

  14. Tommy
    Posted August 30, 2010 at 3:58 am

    Had to try the pizza at Inferno’s Pizza Monday and for $10, the pizza was very good. That “1000 degree oven” cooked the pizza in under 10 minutes. You must eat it in under 5 minutes or you risk having a soggy crust. Overall great bargain in an unusual location. (corner of Nimitz and Kalihi)

  15. Posted August 30, 2010 at 4:07 am

    @808marv Awesome review, Marv! It’s always so great to see these comment gems about the food that’s being discussed above. It’s the perfect format for sharing information and carrying a conversation here. Must try T.A.S.T.E. — Thanks again!

  16. Posted August 30, 2010 at 4:08 am

    @Tommy Glad you liked it, Tommy! Good to hear of a oven-fired pizza coming out quick and hot. How does it stack up against V-Lounge or JJ Dolan’s?

  17. Tommy
    Posted August 30, 2010 at 4:28 am

    @johngarcia Nice flavor, fresh ingredients, however there’s no place to eat your master piece and if you don’t eat it in 5 minutes, it will start to get a little soggy (crust). I love the price of $10 but if you don’t mind spending more, I think JJ Dolan’s has great atmosphere.

  18. nonstopmari
    Posted August 30, 2010 at 5:54 am

    here’s an open call for WE’RE ON IT items. we’re constantly cking out the scene for new and upcoming spots, so send them here and we’ll go verify. meanwhile, keep cking back for our updates to this gallery.

  19. Tommy
    Posted August 31, 2010 at 4:09 am

    @nonstopmari Went to Kokoro Tei Tuesday to check out the bentos. The prices are unbelievably reasonable. I had the Nori Kara Bento which contained fried chicken and fried fish. The fish was perfectly cooked with a home-made tarter sauce. The fried chicken reminded me of a cross between mochiko and karaage. A really good lunch for a very good price.

  20. nonstopmari
    Posted August 31, 2010 at 6:13 am

    @Tommy i agree re the quality-to-price value ratio. also glad to hear the fish was perfectly cooked. prolly my next order!

  21. nonstopmari
    Posted August 31, 2010 at 11:44 am

    @johngarcia @808marv ck this site for my complete review tmrw morning. i tried EVERYTHING, which was not a huge feat. agree re roasting; will be much nicer when it gets cooler.

  22. Posted September 1, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    @nonstopmari Saw that new spot on South St. across the HFD Museum? Forgot what it’s called but there are tables and chairs outside.

  23. nonstopmari
    Posted September 2, 2010 at 12:58 am

    @johngarcia thnx john — i’m on it! heehee

  24. ben
    Posted September 2, 2010 at 3:02 am

    deleting this

  25. badcat808
    Posted September 2, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Oh no Catagnola’s is in a cursed location. Nothing lasts there! (wave ti leaves)

  26. nonstopmari
    Posted September 4, 2010 at 7:58 am

    cat, u gonna tell us how that meat jun was, or we gotta wait for fuud friday???

  27. Posted September 4, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    @nonstopmari Gotta wait! Nah, nah. It was good, actually. We’re going back this week to try the oxtail soup. :)

  28. Melissa808
    Posted September 4, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    @Cat @nonstopmari oooh I like go!

  29. Posted September 7, 2010 at 11:04 am

    @Melissa808 @nonstopmari Shoots! But I’m not sure when I can squeeze it in. So many things to do this week. Aaaah!

  30. Posted September 20, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Wow! Those Pizza Fries look awesome! Holy cow… I want some now!

  31. WTFCameron
    Posted September 21, 2010 at 1:49 am

    is this from the same people at Bella Mia on 11th ave?

  32. tommy
    Posted September 21, 2010 at 1:55 am

    Bella Mia Pizzeria? Okay I have to try it very soon!

  33. 808marv
    Posted September 21, 2010 at 5:35 am

    The Gogi Truck’s official website (http://eatgogi.com) has a countdown clock…supposedly opening in about 8 days? I saw a pic of their “Spicy Korean Bulgogi over Fries with Creamy Kimchi Sauce aka ‘Crack Sauce’” on their Facebook wall, as George Takei says in that Sharp TV ad, “ohhhh myyyy!” Hope they can find a place to park, that truck looks pretty huge. Can’t wait! (Kim) Chee Hoo!

  34. m
    Posted September 21, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Hello Mari,
    I’m feeling hungry….

  35. nonstopmari
    Posted September 21, 2010 at 7:04 am

    @808marv that clock has been wrong before. i got excited a few weeks ago when it read 3 more days, then found out they were still in l.a. word now from them is at least a couple more weeks, pending health dept permits. i’ll update the post. thnx marv

  36. nonstopmari
    Posted September 21, 2010 at 7:04 am

    @M u’re always hungry! : >

  37. HImom808
    Posted September 23, 2010 at 4:04 am

    suddenly craving pizza!

  38. nonstopmari
    Posted September 26, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    @Tommy i’ve now tried nori kara. fish was also my fave; friend loved the fishcake tempura. must try more.

  39. tommy
    Posted September 26, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    @nonstopmari Yes Kokoro Tei definitely deserves a second or third visit as they have many tasty items.

  40. Ynaku
    Posted September 30, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Man, I luv ur job

  41. Ynaku
    Posted September 30, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    @Melissa808 @Cat @nonstopmari me too

  42. Posted September 30, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Ohhh that cupcake looks awesome! Good luck, Kawehi and Nick!

  43. Posted October 1, 2010 at 12:03 am

    @johngarcia I agree! Nice to see ex-Tiser folks doing awesome stuff!

  44. Posted October 1, 2010 at 12:03 am

    @Ynaku Me, too. I love Mari’s job. :)

  45. strobie
    Posted October 1, 2010 at 1:03 am

    @Cat @johngarcia I snagged me a box of four with a plan to share… and DIDN’T. Get ready for greatness, these cupcakes are truly the ones to beat.

  46. strobie
    Posted October 1, 2010 at 1:03 am

    @nonstopmari @808marv LOL I’ve got George Takei’s voice in my head now.

  47. suz
    Posted October 1, 2010 at 5:25 am

    i know you will be a smash hit guys! i’m sooooo happy to see you doing what you love

  48. Harrycovair
    Posted October 1, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Red Velvet – Cheesecake Swirl with a Cream Based frosting… oh I am soooo there! I love their tag line on their home page.

    I guess I’ll have to wait for their next venture into the marketplace.

  49. 808marv
    Posted October 2, 2010 at 12:20 am

    The Gogi Truck is ALIVE! Chee hoo! http://twitter.com/Eatgogi

  50. nonstopmari
    Posted October 2, 2010 at 12:47 am

    @808marv u so funny! we’re in touch, will keep u posted…

  51. EurekaGal
    Posted October 3, 2010 at 1:03 am

    For folks who haven’t been frequenting Ala Moana for a while, where did Kyoto Osho used-to-to-be?

  52. nonstopmari
    Posted October 3, 2010 at 8:53 am

    @EurekaGal in hookipa terrace next to romano’s macaroni grill, mauka of cpk and the fmr jackie chan’s

  53. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted October 28, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    EO: Okay, now that we have fuud overload, when are you going to start a blog review section for us to put stars on the places featured. We know you will not really rip a place because of advertising potential but if your loyal readers want to give their review, should there not be a place where we can collectively rate the featured places rather than dig into archives? Sort of like the Ebay “rate this seller” item. To mitigate the weirdos placing “negative stars” consistently, our blog names should be included.

  54. DianeSeo
    Posted October 28, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    @Annoddah_Dave That’s a good idea. I just wrote a blog asking people for their development ideas for Nonstop. http://www.nonstophonolulu.com/blogs/development-wish-list-for-nonstop/

  55. Ynaku
    Posted October 28, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Oh man, I gotta stay on Oahu for a WHOLE month to even try all these places. And still I bet I don;t make it to all :-) Nice collection of places to grindz.

  56. hikino
    Posted October 28, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Interesting to see Xtreme Tacos and Zaratez mentioned together in the same article. In one of those the world is a small place moments, when I was at Zaratez the other night picking up my dinner, there was a couple there ahead of me. The man was wearing an Xtreme Tacos polo shirt. Come to find out he’s here from the mainland helping to get the Xtreme Tacos truck certified and ready for business. I don’t know what he ate, but the lady had Zaratez’s humugous burrito, and was shocked at the size of it. But it met with her approval. It was neat listening to both of these friendly rivals talk shop and approve of each other’s dishes.

  57. Posted October 28, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    @Annoddah_Dave Interesting idea!

  58. Posted October 28, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    @hikino Great to see businesses working together! Thanks for the comment.

  59. Posted October 29, 2010 at 1:44 am

    I might try Yajima-ya today.

  60. Harrycovair
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 5:31 am

    Sadly Mari Taketa the page updates at dark o’clock in the morning WHEN THOSE ESTABLISHMENTS ARE CLOSED!!!!! So what am I supposed to do except salivate and drool all over my mouse and keyboard and just count the minutes till they open.

    Didn’t make it out to Zaratez Mexicatessen today. Bummers.

  61. Posted October 29, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Tried Yajima-ya with @Melissa808 and @ParkRat it was pretty good. Russ got the mini Ahi plate and Melissa got the Crispy Garlic Chicken from The MobileChef parked in the same lot. http://www.flickr.com/photos/photolulu-tv/sets/72157625145809979/

  62. nonstopMari
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 10:30 am

    @Harrycovair at dark o’clock in the morning MOST PEOPLE ARE ASLEEP. so u just keep drooling all over ur keyboard til u can wake up at the crack of dawn, when we normally update content, like everybody else.

  63. hikino
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 10:55 am

    @nonstopMari @Harrycovair Now you two play nicely now, or I’ll have to punish you both. For Mari, that means being locked up in a room full of saimin. For Harry, a room plastered with pictures of INOB.

  64. 808marv
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 11:15 am

    I made it out to Zaratez today for a sampling of 4 tacos with each of the meats they were offering. I would’ve ordered something bigger but I was still recovering a little from my “Gluttony at the Gogi” episode yesterday hehe. All the tacos were pretty good but my faves were the chorizo and the chicken. I heard the burritos are the big sellers right now so I need to get me one of those soon, as well as other menu items of course. ;-)

    pics:
    da tacos: http://twitpic.com/320mnr
    da truck (with Paul, and most of the day’s menu!): http://twitpic.com/324fic

    Man that was a fun week of vacation checking out the new trucks (meltHNL, Zaratez) and visitng my “old” friend the Gogi truck. Can’t wait for the next one!

  65. nonstopMari
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 11:31 am

    @PHOTOluluTV what’s this abt a MobileChef? what kind of menu?

  66. nonstopMari
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 11:39 am

    @Johngarcia @Annoddah_Dave it’s not that we won’t ‘rip a place because of the advertising potential.’ our reviews target places that have buzz or are eminently worthy of being featured.

    we’ve actually tried out places where the food was so meh it didn’t warrant a review, or the whole experience was so shaky we cdn’t give it play on our site. bottom line is we review places we can get excited abt, or that are so hyped that we and a lot of ppl are wondering what the buzz is about.

    finally, as a journalism-based site w/ collective years in the biz and umpteen journalism degrees coming out of our ears, we keep advertising and editorial separate. we never know what’s coming up on groupon, or have discussions abt which businesses to steer clear of, etc.

    finally finally, i also like ur reader review idea. we’re already getting food reviews from readers, and others responding to them, which thrills me every time.

  67. Posted October 29, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    @nonstopMari It’s just your usual local plate lunch wagon – Hawaiian plate, ahi, crispy garlic chicken, beef stew, burgers and so on.

  68. Harrycovair
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    @nonstopMari @Johngarcia @Annoddah_Dave Mari wrote “finally finally, i also like ur reader review idea. we’re already getting food reviews from readers, and others responding to them, which thrills me every time”.

    It’s your and fellow foodie @Melissa808 writeups that draws a loyal foodie fan base. Someone suggests/recommends someplace and one or both of you act , write it up, and your fan base responds.

    Who said the coconut wireless is dead? It just tranformed itself into a 24×7 online, digitally accessable blog.

  69. Melissa808
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    @Harrycovair awwwww thanks!!

  70. Harrycovair
    Posted October 30, 2010 at 7:41 am

    @nonstopmari Who sleeps when its dark out? Wow, that’s a novel concept, sleep when it’s dark and work when the sun’s out. Now why didn’t I think of that.

  71. Harrycovair
    Posted October 30, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    @nonstopmari @JohnGarcia @Annoddah_Dave @Melissa808

    Slight correction: “It’s your and fellow foodie” to It’s you and fellow foodie compatriot…

  72. Posted November 3, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Gotta love Rainbow Dine-In & Take Out. It’s close to my place.
    http://bit.ly/rainbowdinein

  73. Harrycovair
    Posted November 8, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Oh WOW! That vegetarian Ziti dish looks awesomely delicious. Might have to sneak in some Meatballs or Sausage. After all, what’s a Marinara without real protein. (Okay, it’s just thickened Tomato Sauce.)

  74. Harrycovair
    Posted November 8, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Oh WOW! That vegetarian RIgatoni dish looks awesomely delicious. Might have to sneak in some Meatballs or Sausage. After all, what’s a Marinara without real protein. (Okay, it’s just thickened Tomato Sauce.)

  75. Ynaku
    Posted November 8, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I second third forth that OH WOW!

  76. 808marv
    Posted November 8, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    oh Falafel King, why must you be in Waikiki…do they validate? After seeing it so many times on TV I must find a way to try this though. Especially since there’s french fries involved!

  77. Morgen
    Posted November 9, 2010 at 3:36 am

    What a great idea for the photo blog! Love seeing what is new in town since I’ve been gone–can’t wait to get back and eat!

  78. Melissa808
    Posted November 9, 2010 at 5:37 am

    @Morgen Morgen!!! Muah!!

  79. m
    Posted November 9, 2010 at 6:46 am

    Hello Mari!
    Sooo much new places to check out and they all look sooo good too! I want to lick my screen!

  80. NonStopMari
    Posted November 9, 2010 at 7:05 am

    @m thnx m! we all work hard to track down new info and collect these photos.

  81. 808marv
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 6:10 am

    Guess I’ll post this here…in last few weeks it has become apparent to me that Honolulu is definitely food truck crazy, or at least jumping on the novelty of it for now. According to their tweets EatGogi got cleaned out on Wednesday–during lunch. Some people got shut out after waiting awhile, ouch. I think a lot of people got word that they were going to close for about 7-10 days for upgrades to the truck so they wanted to get their fix in. Lucky I stopped in the day before!

    Zaratez Mexicatessen is doing well in Kapahulu and I think they’ve been sold out a few times although it’s usually happened late in the day.

    And meltHNL it seems is getting very popular very fast, to the point where large pickup orders are common which results in longer waits for walk-up customers. Also I don’t know what happened today but they tweeted they were going to have a turkey special, get a Melt of Shame, etc. etc. then I get there maybe 30-40 minutes from the time the opened and the menu is not what it’s supposed to be, it’s scaled down. Drove all the way into town and got denied. Now I read some tweet that someone *did* get to eat a turkey special today from them so I don’t WTF is going on. But I guess these things can happen.

    So what I am saying is this food truck thing is really catching on so be prepared to have a plan B just in case things get crazy or unforseen circumstances arise. And hey it’s not like there’s a shortage of places to eat in town right? I got my regular spots and a few new ones that I haven’t tried yet so no biggie.

  82. 808marv
    Posted December 14, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    So will there be photos of Mari with the Jollibee mascot? ;-) I am curious about this place, must try it once the initial mania has died down. Heard the lines were going out the door and down the street yesterday.

  83. Ynaku
    Posted December 14, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Aysus manang, shuapose you go eat dey Halo Halo and pried shiken.

    On man, all that food. please pass my Ritz crackers :-)

  84. nonstopmari
    Posted December 15, 2010 at 1:48 am

    @808marv not me, marv, just bc @NonstopHonolulu already had someone so jollibee-crazed they stood in line at noon on opening day for their chickenjoy. watch for a blog w/ choke pics on the site this week.

  85. 808marv
    Posted December 15, 2010 at 3:33 am

    @nonstopmari @NonstopHonolulu ah gotcha, I just re-read the “Photo by…” caption. Guess the line for Jolibee is nothing compared to Black Friday eh. ;-)

  86. M
    Posted December 15, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Hello Mari!
    I been to Jollibee when I was in the Philippines.

  87. nonstopmari
    Posted December 15, 2010 at 8:47 am

    @M and i went in vietnam! can’t blv vn got jollibee more than 10 yrs before hawaii.

  88. 808marv
    Posted December 15, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Yelp has two entries for the new Jollibee here, but this one has pics of the menu:
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/jollibee-waipahu
    They really gotta work on that picture of that “burger steak” on the menu, blech. Looks more like mustard than gravy. Thankfully by looking at the Yelp photo it’s much better IRL!

    Here’s the other one with more reviews:
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/jollibee-waipahu-2
    Funny how most of the reviews start with “yes, I waited an hour in line…” :-D Seems to be mostly positive though.

  89. turkfontaine
    Posted January 7, 2011 at 2:43 am

    holy moley. it this a post or a doctoral dissertation? Hungarian chimney cake truck? betcha LA doesn’t have one, yet.

  90. M
    Posted January 7, 2011 at 4:16 am

    Hello Mari!
    Looking forward to trying all these ono places!

  91. harrycovair
    Posted January 25, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Chef Padovani is opening his restaurant in the old U’raku spot? That’s one place I’d be sure to get a reservation in. As for the location, well let’s say that the previous occupants have moved on. Chef Fukui still has a hopping place in Restaurant Row.

  92. nonstopmari
    Posted January 26, 2011 at 10:27 am

    diane seo ur texts re frostcity (awesome! ur kind of place etc) drove me there hours after u went, even tho u had already done the reporting and sent me ur pic. i tried the ginger and black sesame — loved both, but earthy sesame was easier to eat forever and edged out spunky ginger, which sis loved. never tried shave ice w/ marshmallows, heart of palm or popping balls before, but all worked. next up: watermelon and peanut.

  93. DianeSeo
    Posted January 26, 2011 at 10:31 am

    @nonstopmari Yes, I knew it wouldn’t take you long to go, but a few hours after I went. Wow! And yes, try the watermelon. I want to try the lychee, cantaloupe and peanut.

  94. M
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Hello Mari,

    What a great list of places to grind.

  95. turkfontaine
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 3:53 am

    69 pics and 92 comment !? i’m going to have to set aside a night to tackle this weighty work.

  96. turkfontaine
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 2:41 am

    if you were a book, you’d be two years worth of Jane’s Defense Weekly. you must have a staff of 20 and friends in the business licensing and alcohol permitting departments of the city of HNL. what about ‘ainokea’? you’re giving everybody a guilty conscience.

  97. M
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 3:32 am

    Hello Mari, I love food and love to eat all kinds of food but as I get older I need to eat healthier and in moderation. I still go out and check out all these great eating places but not as often. I have to Eat to Live vs Live to Eat.

  98. nonstopmari
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 5:31 am

    @M good point, m! love it when new places are nutritious AND delicious.

  99. russkar
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Great List!!

  100. Posted June 16, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Awesome stuff! List has been updated, folks!

  101. turkfontaine
    Posted June 17, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    98 comments. 83 photos. 1 day. i’m gonna have to cancel my rumba lessons, tackle this sucker and get back to you.

  102. nonstopmari
    Posted June 18, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    @turkfontaine don’t sweat it. this is a frequently updated roundup of the latest evolutionary twists in hnl’s eating scene, starting from our launch last yr. just cram before ur next trip :-)

  103. Posted October 27, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Yay for Them Dining!

  104. 808marv
    Posted April 4, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Twirly Fries eh?  Sounds like a good reason to go back to Waikele.

  105. nonstopmari
    Posted April 4, 2012 at 11:37 pm

     @808marv it IS. i’m still thinking abt my twirly fry.

  106. JulioCGutierrez
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Hi, I’m the owner/manager/cook/dishwasher for Santacruz Taco Co., The Maunakea location was our kitchen and we decided to open it up to try and test reception in the area but have since moved to do farmer’s markets instead, we are currently serving at the St. Clements FM on Thursdays from 4:30-7:30 and at the Kailua Elementary FM from 4-8 PM on Saturdays.
    if you need more info please follow us at facebook.com/santacruztacoco or email us at santacruztacoco@gmail.com
    Thank You.
     
    Julio

  107. Posted August 14, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Man, more new trucks that look awesome!  I wanna try that new Philly cheesesteak truck!

  108. nonstopmari
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 1:07 pm

     @WERUreo hey, u’re closer to philly than to this truck!

  109. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted March 6, 2013 at 7:02 am

    EO:  Based on this wrap up, how many do you think will make it past a year of operation?

  110. jlieu
    Posted April 30, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Whoa! So many new places to try! I am sad bc I want to go to Taste Tea – but every time there is a line out the door :P

  111. nonstopmari
    Posted April 30, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    @jlieu have u tried off-hours, like mid-afternoon? thinner then

  112. nonstopmari
    Posted April 30, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    @jlieu have u tried off-hours, like mid-afternoon? thinner then

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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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