Let’s face it – most people first think of Hawaii’s great beaches, surf and Waikiki when they think of the Aloha State. Yet we have been consistently recognized for having some amazing cuisine.

Recently, gourmet bible, Food & Wine cited eight local restaurants for their outstanding culinary delights. This year’s picks are all returnees to the list. “Alan Wong’s” and “Chef Mavro” on King Street and “Vino” at Restaurant Row make it a three-peat – recognized for the 3rd year in a row. The establishments are noted as “classics” on the list, offering amazing service and a vast wine list to satisfy any wine connoisseur.

Two other notables are “Kaiwa” and “Matsugen” located on the new hip and happening Waikiki Beach Walk. Cited in part for it’s location, “Kaiwa” was named one of the “World’s 10 Best Restaurants with a View” this year. Now that is impressive, anyway you slice it.

So as an amateur “foodie” myself, I am eager to check out these noted culinary delights. It makes me happy to see Hawaii recognized in this prestigious arena – as a culinary Mecca covering all genres from SPAM to 5-Star food.

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