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Piggy Smalls

617, 1200 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA

Piggy Smalls

Loan "Mama" Le and her son Andrew—a 2014 James Beard Rising Chef of the Year semifinalist—work their magic again with this playful Vietnamese-fusion eatery. Set in the Ward neighborhood of Honolulu, it offers a more intimate setting than their Chinatown classic the Pig & the Lady. Start with the twice-fried chicken wings or the Weekend at Burmese Salad with green papaya, tomatoes, and crunchy bits of fried garlic. Move on to deft twists like roasted-porchetta okonomiyaki (savory pancake) or a pastrami sandwich dipped in aromatic pho. Save room for a slushy or Asian-influenced soft serve. "With fewer seats, it's easier to be in the moment and explore flavors here," Andrew Le explains. "We're just starting brunch with dishes like shave-ice granola, guava-malva pudding, and Spam musu-bao (buns)."