This spacious North Shore eatery and watering hole riffs on the beloved Honolulu original. It makes a strong showing in the “pupu” (appetizer) department with nibbles like poke, pot stickers, kālua-pig fried rice, Korean-style chicken wings, and nut wraps in buttercup lettuce. Cool down with a light, refreshing cocktail unique to this location, such as the Hokulani (citrus, Three Olives vodka, and elderflower liqueur, splashed with soda) or the Hawaii Five-Bo (strawberry daiquiri with Bacardi rum, habañero syrup, and piña colada foam). As with many O‘ahu eateries, the prices can seem a bit more Manhattan-stiletto than “flip-flop surfer bar.” But the flavors and charming service tend to carry the day! (Note: it’s a short stroll to the public restrooms, involving some unlit steps at night. Plan ahead.)
Uncle Bo's Knows Clams
Uncle Bo’s has easily become my favorite place for a cocktail and pupus (Hawaiian for “appetizers”). Not particularly splashy on the outside, the interior has a bit more character, and their food is something special. Uncle Bo’s Thai style clams are the ultimate pre-dinner dish served in a clam shell shaped bowl with fresh bread. Order a lychee martini and you will not only have two great local taste sensations in front of you, but also plenty to rave about when you leave!