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Da Spot found a new spot on Oahu, and it’s just a quick drive from Waikiki. The eatery is a spicy concoction of Mediterranean and Egyptian cuisine. It took over an old golf shop, transforming it into a full-fledged restaurant with a Middle Eastern feel.
Its previous location was a tiny storefront with barely enough tables to match the high demand of customers. Now, Da Spot Health Food & Juices has twice the space and wall paint as welcoming as the morning sun. In fact, most customers are surprised to find such warmth nestled in a busy urban Honolulu district.
Outside, Da Spot seems to blend in with the surrounding industrial shops. It has two large garage-door-like entrances and a faded concrete facade, like its auto repair and bike shop neighbors. Step inside, however, and it’s like you’ve teleported to a different era. The quaint set up welcomes all walks of life to enjoy its global cuisine.
That’s definitely what keeps me coming back to Da Spot. The food is always packed with flavor, serving a menu of rich curries to tender Moroccan chicken to homemade sorbets. They’re also stocked with fresh hummus, cheeses, olives and mikhalil (pickled Egyptian eggplant).
Although the restaurant may look fancy, it’s food is still grab-and-go style. Customers order at the counter and take their food in plate lunches. Most stay to eat at one of the tables, while others hit the road. However, the food tastes good no matter where you decide to eat. Just don’t leave without ordering an Orange Sunset smooth, made of orange juice, strawberries, bananas and a lilikoi sorbet.
Over the years, Da Spot has been diligently leaving its marks on Hawaii’s food scene. You may see their kiosk at the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus and at both the Kapiolani Community College and Kailua farmers markets.
DA SPOT HEALTH FOOD & JUICES • 2469 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96826 • Opens Mon 9am-930pm, Tue-Sat 1030am-930pm • 808-941-1313 • Metered street parking
Photo Credit: Noa Myers