Downtown Honolulu
Chai's Island Bistro
Aloha Tower Marketplace, tel.808-585-0011
Eclectic is definitely the best word to describe Chai's cuisine. Hawaiian ingredients, a Thai chef-the cuisine is truly a mix of everything. The setting is charming, and famous Hawaiian singers sometimes perform here.

Sam Choy's Breakfast Lunch & Crab
580 North Nimitz Hwy., tel.808-545-7979
In this former hangar converted into a restaurant, Sam Choy serves up generous portions of his personal take on Hawaiian and Japanese specialties. Expect lots of fish and seafood, but also spare ribs, Sam's Big Aloha Hawaiian Plate and a few tasty homebrews.

1121 Nu'uanu Ave., tel.808-521-2900
In a spacious tropical setting, Indigo serves Eurasian cuisine prepared with fresh Hawaiian products. The charming back terrace is the perfect spot for a romantic meal.

University Area
Andy's Sandwiches & Smoothies
2904 E. Manoa Rd., tel.808-988-6161
Several generations of regulars have been coming to Andy's for his tasty breakfasts, excellent turnovers, fresh muffins and lunchtime sandwiches. A highly recommended stop on the way to the Manoa Valley.

Wai'oli Tea Room
2950 Manoa Rd., tel.808-988-5800
Established in 1922, this local institution has since been added to the State and National Registries of Historic Places. The Salvation Army orphanage next door originally created this tea room to educate young girls about "cooking, baking and the arts of gracious living." Throughout the years, socialites have replaced the orphans. Today, you can have a quick breakfast or lunch (sandwiches, salads and pastries), but most people come here for the tea.

255 Beach Walk, tel.808-926-0255
This tiny Japanese restaurant could just as well be in Tokyo or Sapporo. On the menu are authentic sobas, tempuras, and grilled fish and meat dishes.

Banyan Veranda
Sheraton Moana Surfrider - A Westin Resort, 2365 Kalakaua Ave., tel.808-931-8383
Facing the sea, the Banyan Veranda harkens back to Honolulu's golden years. A good spot for breakfast, a quick bite, a cocktail or traditional English tea under the famous banyan tree, all to the sound of traditional Hawaiian music