Posts Tagged ‘local food’


Side Street Inn's legendary pan-fried pork chops.

My parents dropped into town for the long Labor Day weekend, so we took the opportunity to introduce my dad to Side Street Inn, the local institution famous for its Pan-Fried Pork Chops and menu of ono (delicious) local comfort foods that keep people coming back again and again. You know a restaurant must be good when it has no website, doesn’t need to advertise, is constantly busy, and the wait to be seated can often be more than an hour. It’s definitely one of the hottest tables on Oahu.

Yes, Side Street Inn IS that good. And yes, we did wait an hour and a half before our party of seven got seated last night (they do take reservations for larger groups, so call ahead if you know you’re going). But was it worth the wait? ABSOLUTELY! And thankfully, my dad enjoyed himself, especially the pork chops which I’ve been raving to him about for the past few years. He agreed it lived up to the hype we all built the Side Street experience up to be.

We had a lot to eat last night. Here’s a peek at the rest of the menu through the lense of my iPhone (I apologize in advance for not doing the food any justice). Everyone should have a Side Street experience at least once…or 50 times…in their life. 😉


Chinese Chicken Salad


Aku Poke with Limu and Onions


Cold Tofu in a Ponzu Sauce and Topped with Bonito Flakes


12 oz. Sizzling Rib Eye with Onions and Mushrooms


Lup Cheong Fried Rice and Spicy Chicken


Braised Shoyu Pork (reminded us of Kau Yuk)


Kilauea Coconut/Chocolate Ice Cream Pie


Satisfied eaters! Ensen with Kona grandma and grandpa.


There's nothing fancy about Side Street Inn. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE FOOD! It's literally located on a side street. The interior isn't going to win the restaurant any awards. And the proper attire is whatever you're wearing when you get there. The perfect recipe for a great local restaurant experience.

Side Street Inn
1225 Hopaka St
reet (near Ala Moana Center)
, HI 96814


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Ige’s famous Shoyu Pork is a winner! Soft, flavorful, and delicious!

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Ige’s Restaurant and 19th Puka in Aiea but never had the chance to eat there until this past weekend. Afterall, its catering service is legendary on the island. And let me tell you it was worth the wait! My parents were in town, so we picked up my Uncle Gerald (my dad’s brother) and headed out.

Kelly had been there before with her girlfriends and warned me that this place was probably not going to be what I expected. Not from a food point of view, but from an ambiance standpoint. And she was right. Upon entering the restaurant, I was immediately caught off guard by the size of the place. It is huge. I would describe Ige’s as the “Costco warehouse” version of Side Street Inn.

A few photos inside Ige’s with the family. That’s Uncle Gerald sitting next to Ensen in the photo on the right.

But let’s get down to what this place is all about. GREAT FOOD! And we certainly had our share that night along with some cold beers…and plenty of them. The look of the place may not win any awards, but the food is an entirely different story. A menu filled with “broke da mouth” local favorites perfect for any occasion. Not to mention the service there is attentive, speedy, and gracious.

I’ll stop rambling now and let the pictures of what we ate that night do the talking. If you’re looking for a great place for dinner with family and/or friends, Ige’s is the place.

The Crispy Pork, Fish Patties, and Fried Rice were all ono! No complaints here.

Ige’s Fresh Poke, Pulehu Steak, and Raw Sliced Tako with Miso Sauce were equally as tasty. All these dishes are a must order!

For the finale, we ordered the Bread Pudding with Ice Cream on the side which was super good! Then to our surprise, a generous order of Andagi came to the table (complimentary with the meal).

Ige’s Restaurant and 19th Puka
98-761 Oihana Place