So good, it's where local chefs go to eat on days off
This restaurant is hidden in an alley, but well worth the hunt. The dinig room is setup like a cafeteria, with long tables and stand-in-line ordering, but perfect for large groups and children. At first, the restaurant looks as if the food may be frozen and prepared in a microwave. This couldn't be further from the truth.
The Caesar Salad ($ 12.00) was awesome, fresh ingredients and an interesting take on caesar dressing. The restaurant has valet parking and self parking, and wheelchair access. For casual dining, this is the place to go. It is listed as a sports bar, and the atmosphere plays into it. The food, on the other hand, is on par with fine dining.
Amazing Comfort Food at Side Street Inn
I really can’t believe just a few days ago I was soaking up the sun in Hawaii, and now I’m surrounded by mounds of slushy city snow. Of course, when you’re in paradise for several days, you get a little too comfortable with your surroundings, and you say stupid things like, “another beautiful beach? you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all, take me back to the city!” What sort of ungrateful person complains about first world problems like too many beautiful beaches? Clearly me, and as punishment, the gods sent me back to a hell frozen over.
It’s not all bad with the snow. Working remotely gives me some time to go through my pictures and reminisce about happier times. First up is a post on all the great places I ate at in Oahu. Of all the islands I’ve visited, Oahu has the best food. It has an advantage in that it’s actually the hub of a major city, whereas the other islands cater more to the tourist/retiree crowd (think lots of grilled mahi mahi and pupu platters). As such, Oahu has a lot more variety–you can certainly go all out with fancy Hawaiian meals at Roy’s and Alan Wong’s (much better than the ones on the mainland, fyi), but you can also get reasonably priced and extremely tasty local specialties. If you ever find yourself in Hononlulu and in need of food recommendations, you can’t go wrong with this list.
2. Side Street Inn
side street inn’s ahi poke
the farmer’s salad is simple but delicious
Side Street Inn is this janky, hole in the wall restaurant that features the best of the best in Asian comfort foods. Korean kalbi, kimchee fried rice, ahi poke and pork chops are just some of the many offerings on the menu. The show was featured on Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” show and received high praise from the culinary curmudgeon, so it’s a very popular spot for dinner, to say the least. Luckily the restaurant accepts reservations and also operates two locations in Oahu to accommodate more people. The food here is hearty and heavy, with most plates featuring something fried or overly marinaded, so it’s probably a best idea to hit the beach beforehand.
best in show – the kim chee fried rice
the juicy and sweet kal bi deserves an honorable mention
…as does the fried spicy chicken!
Great Place To Hang Out
Side Street Inn is a 'go to' place to hang out with friends and family. First, the atmosphere is fun and full of energy. Second, the food is always good and consistent. There's a lot to choose from and they take local comfort food and take it up a few notches. We've always had a great experience at Side Street.
Overall: Side Street Inn is located in Honolulu, HI. This restaurant received four out of five stars rated by 988 reviewers. Side Street Inn does not offer delivery and does offer take out. They do not have outdoor seating and do accept reservations. They do accept credit cards. They are recommended for dinner.
Food: Side Street Inn is a sports bar that offers American cuisine. Many reviewers enjoyed the fried pork chops, spicy fried chicken, kim chee fried rice, kalbi ribs that are offered here, these were highly recommended by many diners. Some diners found the food to be mediocre in comparison to similar dishes they had consumed elsewhere. Most diners found the prices to be reasonable. This restaurant serves a full bar..
Atmosphere: The atmosphere at Side Street Inn was noted to be casual and comfortable. It is good for groups and is good for children. It has an average noise level and casual attire. They offer valet and street parking and are wheelchair accessible.
Service: The service at Side Street Inn was rated by many patrons as friendly and efficient. With a few exceptions, most diners found that the servers were very attentive and helpful. They offer catering.