Outside of Waikiki and the Keeaumoku region, Honolulu lacks dense, walkable neighborhoods—it’s more like L.A. than San Francisco. One of the few urban neighborhoods is Kaimuki, with a cluster of some of Honolulu’s best restaurants. This is one of them, with a menu leaning towards comfort food, like baked mac ’n’ cheese, and locally raised meat, such as pork chops with potato pancakes and ribeye on fresh pappardelle. Another reason why I love this place? It’s the rare restaurant that serves good food and good cocktails. Tip: Sit in the bar area during opening or closing hours, when the bar serves a special menu of extremely satisfying hamburgers and meatloaf sandwiches, and nothing costs more than $10.
12th Ave Grill
1120 12th Ave., Honolulu
Our Rating Neighborhood Honolulu Hours Daily 5:30–11pm Phone 808/732-9469 Prices Small plates $7–$13; large plates $23–$36 Cuisine Type Contemporary American Web site 12th Ave Grill Other Reservations recommended
Map1120 12th Ave., Honolulu Oahu
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