The Most Popular Comfort Food Stories in Honolulu in 2021


Noodles, donuts and lots of good fried things were what we all craved this year. Surprisingly, loco mocos was not on the list.

Editor’s Note: We’re going to take a break for the holiday weekend. I wish you delicious seasonal dishes and see you in 2022!

IIf you’ve ever had a time in the past year or so that you’ve felt like curling up in a corner over a bowl of ramen, burger, or whatever dish bursting with family goodness, we hear you. When we looked through our most read posts, we found that comfort foods were at the top of all of our lists. Here are the top five finds that soothed our local culinary souls in 2021. Dig.

Photo: Maria Burke

Since we learned that it’s really trending to be square, these vegan donuts with four rounded corners are even more over the top. We spotted an interpretation of milk and cookies with vegan condensed milk frosting with two whole chocolate chip cookies on top while on vacation.

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In Hakkore Bingsu Credit Thomas Obungen

Photo: Thomas Obungen

Walk past grapes, strawberries, lettuce, and other grocery items to find old-fashioned shaving ice with just two items on the menu. We love them both.

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Sunrise Restaurant Pig's Foot Soup Okinawa Festival Photo Reid Shimabukuro Okinawa Festival

Photo: Courtesy of Okinawa Festival

The Okinawa Festival won’t be back until Labor Day, but this annual gathering of special items sold for the event can make a great list of Uchinanchu restaurants year-round. If you just fancy some fried dough, check out our guide to where to get andagi anytime.

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Inaba Chirashi and Soba set

Photo: Maria Burke

Maria Burke joined the Frolic team in May and we greeted her with tables open and forks ready. What’s better than her very first story listing her six favorite places to eat right now? We’ve found a place that lets you choose your shoyu, where she finds a favorite soba, why she always invites a group of people over for dinner (it’s not just for company), and the only meal she’ll drive three. hours to get.

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Kfc Roundup Restaurant Credit Thomas Obungen 9

Photo: Thomas Obungen

When three new Korean fried chicken restaurants opened in just two weeks, we popped some fat in the deep fryer. (Sorry, we had to do it.) I mean, we had the title ready. Collaborative Dining Editor Thomas Obungen drove from Waipahu to Kakaako to try all three crisp and appetizing offerings and side dishes. We also just updated information on a fourth KFC spot that opened a few months ago.

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