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This tiny kiosk can almost be overlooked in the huge Makai Marketplace in the Ala Moana Shopping Center. Located just inside the entrance nearest the mall stage, this sandwich stand offers reasonably priced pressed sandwiches for those who are interested in something quick and tasty on the run. Along with the sandwiches, there is a long list of salads, hot and soft drinks. Order at the counter and grab a seat anywhere. For those who are dining along, the constant foot traffic is entertaining. Mall parking is always free, but during lunch and dinner can be very difficult to find.
In an area where you'd find plenty of Asian eateries, The Downbeat Diner & Lounge comes across as a respite for those craving for some standard American fare. The retro theme of the diner is accentuated by the booth seats with trendy fabrics and an old jukebox in a corner which plays hits from the 1960s and 1970s. As for the food, you can relish on some tasty burgers, sandwiches and salads, served throughout the day. Looking for an after-drinks spot? Head straight to this downtown diner as it is open even after most of the bars shut down everyday. The place is also known as one of the best vegan-friendly spots in the city, with decent options to select from its menu. Apart from food, the diner also offers an array of drinks specials, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic for one and all.
This bakery is a local secret that islanders have kept close to their hearts for years. The small diner counter almost always has a line and the food is simple and inexpensive. But ask anyone about the bakery and they will drool at the thought of the cocoa puffs. They are small cream puffs filled with a cocoa pudding and topped with a secret Chantilly frosting that is simply legendary. For under a buck a piece, this is one of the best things about Hawaii, ever. It is open from 6 a.m on Tuesday to 8 p.m on Sunday. Mondays remain closed - Lottie Tagupa