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Uncle Bo's Bar & Grill
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.)
By Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert
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!
By Andrea Rip, AFAR Local Expert
66-111 Kamehameha Hwy #101, Haleiwa, HI 96712, USA