- Hawai'i's Best Restaurant:
Alan Wong's Restaurant
- Best New Restaurant 2003-2004:
- Best Fine-Dining Restaurants:
Ruth's Chris Steak House, Hy's Steakhouse, John Dominis
- Best Family Restaurants:
Zippy's, Big City Diner, Anna Miller's 24-Hour Restaurant
- Best for Pasta:
- Best Bakery:
Liliha Bakery & Coffee Shop
- Best Drinks and Pupu:
- Best Coffee Bar:
- Best Vegetarian:
Down to Earth Deli
- Best Plate Lunch:
L & L Drive-Inn
- Best Central O'ahu Restaurant:
- Best Windward O'ahu Restaurant:
Lucy's Grill & Bar
- Best North Shore Restaurant:
Haleiwa Joe's Seafood Grill, Hale'iwa
- Best Leeward O'ahu Restaurant:
- Best East O'ahu Restaurant:
Roy's Restaurant, Hawai'i Kai
- Best Southeast Asian:
Keo's in Waikiki
- Best Italian Restaurant:
- Best Japanese:
- Best French restaurant:
La Mer, Halekulani hotel
- Best Chinese:
Hee Hing Restaurant
- Best Korean:
- Best Restaurant, Kaua'i:
Hamura Saimin Stand
- Best Restaurant, Maui County:
- Best Restaurant, Big Island:
- Best Hotel Restaurant, O'ahu:
Hoku's, Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hawaii hotel
- Best Hotel Restaurant, Neighbor Islands:
Kona Beach Restaurant, King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel
- Critics' Choice Restaurants:
BluWater Grill, 12th Ave. Grill, Hilo Bay Café and Chef Mavro
Advertiser Reader Picks
Posted 06 October 2004 - 10:04 AM
Posted 06 October 2004 - 10:31 AM
Posted 06 October 2004 - 11:41 AM
Former Hawaii Forum Host
Posted 06 October 2004 - 11:49 AM
I agree with skchai that it's hard to know what to make of reader polls of good restaurants. There are some thoughts that spring to mind but I'm going to meditate on whether they're worth saying.
Adding this link to recent review done by us (written based on a meal last Saturday and posted on-line Sunday.) The award is truly incomprehensible on several levels. When you read the blurb about why it was selected "affordable prices" is one of them and then they give it $$$ the same as La Mer and Merriman's...
Edited by glossyp, 06 October 2004 - 04:47 PM.
Posted 06 October 2004 - 04:22 PM
don't agree with 2 or 3. When it's time for my nap later I'll look at the entire list to get
me sedated a hui ho.
Ervin D. Williams 9/1/1921 - 6/8/2004
Posted 07 October 2004 - 01:13 PM
Anyway, and quite fortunately, the `Ilima Award overlooked the best Thai eating place in Honolulu again this year. See:
Safe from the `Ilima award for another year
Posted 07 October 2004 - 05:52 PM
Bob Foster, San Diego and Kailua
Posted 13 October 2004 - 04:49 AM
That said, chef mavro's didn't make the list? Have eaten there twice, food was delicious! Alan Wongs is mean too.
I agree that if you don't advertise, you're probably not going to place..
Posted 14 October 2004 - 01:51 AM
Regarding the mysteries of reader polls, a few random thoughts:
1) Although cynics might suspect ballot stuffing, it would seem to be pretty hard to do this with in any serious way with a mail-in a newspaper poll, since each subscriber presumably gets only one form to fill out. Phone-in or internet surveys on the other hand are much easier to manipulate.
2) On the other hand, there's a real bias towards places with name recognition. Regardless of whether people love them or not, L+L and Zippys will show up top year after year. Most other place, no matter how good, won't be known to enough people to make an impression number wise. And a lot of people will mark down L+L or Zippy's simply because it's the first thing that comes to mind.
3) For any self-selected reading poll, the "sample" of people mailing things in will not evenly reflect Advertiser subscribers, who in turn are not representative of the Honolulu population. In general, there is some research evidence from elsewhere that older (read senior citizens) are much more likely to respond to mail-in polls than younger folks. Those with strong opinions about the subject matter (e.g. foodies) of course are far more likely to respond than those who don't care. I'm sure that researchers have uncovered other kinds of systematic sample biases, but don't know what they are. . .
None of this, of course, gives us any clear idea of what the results "mean" about Honolulu's eating culture.
Former Hawaii Forum Host
Posted 14 October 2004 - 10:08 AM
Posted 28 October 2004 - 05:09 PM
Am impressed at the staying power of the Ryan's scene. I remember back in the late 80s this place was the place and it sounds as if it is still one of the places to be.
Posted 06 January 2005 - 11:42 PM
Posted 11 January 2005 - 09:04 PM
It's the same reason I still get a strawberry ICEE once a year, or a teri burger and Green River at Sekiya...nostalgia, familiarity. (There, I said it, OK?)
But that doesn't explain BluWater Grill does it? OK, it's ballot stuffing. Man, that place sux, to put it eloquently.