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Hawaii — By byun on April 26, 2010 at 11:00 pm
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Food Network features Oahu eateries

Hawaiian plate lunch

Earlier this month, three of Oahu’s most popular eateries were recently featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” in a special program called “Triple D Goes Hawaiian. ”

On “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” funny, energetic and charismatic host, Chef Guy Fieri, travels the country in search of the best hometown favorites. He doesn’t just pick restaurants based on popularity as much as the restaurant’s willingness to share most of its ingredients and recipes with viewers, offer food made from scratch with fresh, not frozen ingredients, and share its history.

The popular Food Network program also filmed at the Poke Stop, Murphy’s Bar and Grill, and Rainbow Drive-In, which will be featured in separate shows expected to air on May 3, May 17 and June 28 respectively.

Here’s a bit more information on the restaurants that will be featured on the program:

Murphy’s Bar and Grill
2 Merchant St [map]
Honolulu
808-531-0422

Murphy’s Bar and Grill is a traditional Irish saloon/eatery located in the Honolulu Financial District. Just one block off the waterfront, the building that Murphy’s occupies has been a haven for mariners, businessmen and locals since 1891. Ownership of the space changed throughout the years, but throughout history, the building where Murphy’s Bar and Grill stands has remained the same. In 1987, Murphy’s Bar and Grill opened when Don Murphy, a community-oriented businessman, purchased what was then the Royal Hawaiian Saloon. Serving comfort food including steak, fresh fish and shellfish, burgers, and daily specials, Murphy’s has won several awards and is a favorite among the locals.  A few of the restaurant’s Irish specialties, including Shepherd’s Pie, a traditional pie with lamb and vegetables, topped with mashed potatoes and served with a house gravy; an open-faced turkey sandwich; and the juicy Gaelic Steak, a New York steak topped with green peppercorn sauce are all worth a try

Poke Stop
Waipahu location:
94-050 Farrington Hwy [map]
Waipahu
808-676-8100

Mililani location:
95-1840 Meleula Pkwy
Mililani
808-626-3400

Chef/owner Elmer Guzman, considered one of Hawai‘i’s top young chefs, opened Poke Stop in 2004 after serving as executive chef of Sam Choy’s Diamond Head Grill for many years. The casual, inexpensive eatery located about 30 minutes outside of Honolulu specializes in different types of fresh poke (diced raw fish with seaweed, salt and other flavors) but also offers freshly made salads, soups and bentos (to-go meals often served with meat/fish, rice and a salad). While the typical bento includes SPAM, fish, teri beef, and fried chicken, Poke Stop’s bentos include items like furikake salmon, kalbi boneless short ribs, garlic island fish, and Casian (Cajun-Asian) spiced island fish. Other favorites are the kapakahi poke, made with fresh ahi and opihi; and Da Works Oio poke, made with oio, a bony fish cleaned for its meat and tossed with homemade sauce and onions, limu, and green onions.

Rainbow Drive-In
3308 Kanaina Ave
Honolulu
808-737-0177

Rainbow Drive-In has been serving delicious plate lunches to Oahu residents and visitors for more than 45 years. Owners Seiju and Ayako Ifuku opened the drive-in at its location on Kapahulu Avenue, near the entrance to Waikiki, in 1961. Since then, Rainbow Drive-In has been serving hearty, tasty, simple burgers and plate lunch favorites, such as chili rice, boneless chicken with gravy, mahimahi with tartar sauce, and loco moco.  Sample the plate lunch classics, including shoyu chicken and chili dog plates served with two scoops of rice and a scoop of macaroni salad, as well as the eatery’s popular loco moco.

Photos courtesy of www.bluewaikiki.com

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