Must-see restaurants in Kailua

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    Top Choice
    Kalapawai Cafe & Deli

    An excellent gourmet, self-serve deli by day, Kalapawai transforms after 5pm into an inviting, eclectic bistro. The eggplant bruschetta and other share…

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    Over Easy

    It's a little hard to spot from the street, but you'll be glad you made the effort at Kailua's favorite breakfast, brunch and lunch spot. A fave is the…

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    Moké’s Bread & Breakfast

    Locals reading the paper or petting their dogs at the blue-checker-clothed tables are the norm at this legendary cafe. The famous lilikoʻi (passion fruit)…

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    Island Snow Hawaii

    Cool off with a Lanikai Lime or Banzai Banana shave ice at Island Snow, which serves up some of the best shave ice on Oʻahu; it's creamier than most. A…

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    Top Choice
    Kailua Town Farmers’ Market

    An excellent addition to the local farmers-markets lineup, this one lasts all morning. Wake up with local coffee and browse fresh foods, prepared foods,…

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    Tamura’s Poke

    The wine is fine, but you're really here for the poke. Tucked into the back of Tamura's Fine Wines & Liquors at the Aikahi Park Shopping Center on…

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    Kailua Farmers Market

    Artisan breads, organic fruit and veggies, and filling plate meals, from island-style barbecue to Filipino stew, are sold by vendors in the large parking…

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    Whole Foods

    This chain supermarket offers high-end foods at high-end prices. It has a very large selection of organic fare and lots of prepared meats and seafood…

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    Cinnamon's Restaurant

    Locals pack this family cafe for the airy chiffon pancakes drowning in guava syrup, red-velvet pancakes (yum!), Portuguese-sweet-bread French toast, eggs…

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    Food Company

    One side of this catering company’s cafe (the ‘original’) serves upscale versions of plate lunches, including luau-like Hawaiian specialties on Friday…

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    Uahi Island Grill

    Get your fresh and flavorful plate-lunch fix: furikake-crusted grilled tofu, red seafood curry, kalua pork with kale, garlic ahi (yellowfin tuna) and…

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    Super-casual poke place renowned for the freshness of its seafood. Watch the chefs hard at work. The choices change daily; enjoy them to go or at one of…

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    Rai Rai Ramen

    Look for the red-and-white banner written in kanji outside this brightly lit noodle shop. The menu of ramen styles ranges from Sapporo south to Hakata,…

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    Baci Bistro

    Home-style Italian cooking is on offer here, where the owner knows most patrons by name. Don’t miss the white-chocolate and mascarpone cheesecake. The…

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    Formaggio Grill

    Dozens of wines by the glass; convivially large, high dining tables with stools; and hearty dishes (braised lamb, large burgers, myriad pastas) help…

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    Down to Earth Organic & Natural

    Part of the Oʻahu-wide chain, this large natural-foods store with a takeout deli and hot-and-cold meal bar has moved into a massive space on Kailua Rd…

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    Kalapawai Market

    A 1930s landmark market near the beach that sells picnic supplies, convenience foods, made-to-order sandwiches and market-fresh salads. Good coffee, too…

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    Bob’s Pizzeria

    Authentic flat-crusted pizzas. Buy by the slice or by the pie. Close to the beach, it has a fine terrace with tables under umbrellas. Does a huge takeout…

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    Boston's Pizza

    Supersized slices of pizza with thick, chewy crust that the locals rave about. Offers delivery.