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Keys to success when eating out:

  • Eat mindfully: slow down and take time to enjoy your food and enjoy the company you’re in, don’t rush, don’t watch TV or use electronics while eating
  • Reduce meat, processed food, salty, sugary, and deep fried foods
  • No matter what else you order, make sure to get some vegetables, beans, and/or fruits too (i.e. keep your meal well-balanced by ordering AT LEAST an equal amount of vegetables/fruits/beans as meat/fish/carbs)
  • For sandwiches add toppings like peppers, spinach, avocado, tomatoes, olives, onions; opt for mustard and light or no mayo; use whole grain/multigrain bread
  • For salads add toppings like nuts, seeds, fruits (apples, oranges, berries), and non-leafy vegetables (carrots, cucumber, radish); opt for oil/vinegar/mustard-based dressings rather than ranch/thousand island
  • Side dishes: opt for brown rice if available, and get veggies like (with Korean food) bean sprouts, cabbage, kabocha, kim chee, seaweed, watercress or (with Japanese food) edamame, miso soup, pickled vegetables, and tofu; and so on…
  • Be aware: not every menu item at these restaurants is necessarily healthy, however, we’ve selected these places because they have a reasonable number of healthy options. The choice is yours.


Aloha Salads

Cafe & Juices/Smoothies

Counter-serve with a health-conscious menu of salads, subs & wraps full of local ingredients.



Andy's Sandwiches & Smoothies

Cafe & Juices/Smoothies

Tiny fixture for breakfast, sandwiches made with freshly baked bread, vegetarian treats & juices.



Asia Manoa

Chinese

Simple storefront restaurant serves familiar Chinese dishes plus combo platters & daily specials.



Bangkok Chef

Thai

Outpost of small local chain offering Thai cuisine in casual setting for dine-in or takeout.



Bluetree Cafe

Cafe & Juices/Smoothies

Modern coffee & juice bar with a health-conscious menu of vegan snacks, bowls & cleansing programs.



Cafe Taj Mahal

Indian

A big menu of curries, kebabs and tandoori served in a homey BYO spot lodged in a strip mall.



California Pizza Kitchen

Italian

Chain eatery serving up inventive pizzas plus pastas & salads in a modern setting.



California Wok

Chinese

Simple, traditional Chinese dishes made to order & eaten at food-court-style seats or served to-go.



Chronic Tacos

Mexican

Laid-back chain serving build-your-own Mexican fare with local ingredients, including breakfast.



Da Spot Health Foods & Juices

Meditarranean

No-frills vegetarian cafeteria serving globally influenced sandwiches, curries & fruit smoothies.



Down to Earth Organic & Natural

Cafe & Juices/Smoothies

Organic, vegetarian groceries, fresh juices & prepared foods, plus skincare & lifestyle products.



Extract Juice Bar

Cafe & Juices/Smoothies



Fresh Catch 808

Local

Informal, deli-style restaurant serving local-style poke, seafood, plate lunches, stews & soups.



Gina's BBQ

Korean

Snug, family-owned restaurant serving traditional & Hawaiian-style Korean meats, soups & noodles.



Golden Coin BakeShop & Restaurant

Filipino

Eatery serving Filipino staples, plus a bakery offering traditional breads, pastries & treats.



Govinda’s Vegetarian Buffet

Indian

All-you-can-eat global vegetarian lunch buffet served at ISKCON Hawaii for a suggested donation.



Greek Marina

Meditarranean

Casual waterfront BYOB eatery serving classic Greek fare in modest surrounds with traditional music.



Green Papaya

Vietnamese



Hale Vietnam

Vietnamese

Informal destination for modern Vietnamese fare, including pho, BBQ plates & vegetarian options.



Happy Days

Chinese

This casual Chinese eatery features a large seafood-centric menu, including dim sum served daily.



Helena's Hawaiian Food

Hawaiian

Local draw known for homestyle Hawaiian cooking in a casual, no-frills space. Cash only.



HiBlend Health Bar & Cafe

Cafe & Juices/Smoothies

Cool family-owned coffee shop serving organic bowls, salads & sandwiches, plus smoothies & juices.



Highway Inn Kaka’ako

Hawaiian

Family-friendly, no-frills spot dishing up an all-day menu of traditional Hawaiian fare.



Himalayan Kitchen

Indian



Jade Dynasty

Chinese

White-tablecloth Chinese restaurant serving classic dishes & dim sum amid traditional Asian decor.



Jewel or Juice

Cafe & Juices/Smoothies

Counter-service juice bar known for acai fruit & granola breakfast bowls, plus seed jewelry.



Jugo Life

Cafe & Juices/Smoothies



Juicd Life

Cafe & Juices/Smoothies

Juicd Life juices are raw, unpastuerized and packed with live enzymes. We use the cold pressed method of juice extraction through a hydraulic press.



Kaimana Farm Café

Cafe & Juices/Smoothies

Comfy eatery serving locally grown food for breakfast & lunch with many vegan & gluten-free options.



Kaimuki Cafe

Cafe & Juices/Smoothies

Cheerful, petite cafe serving pastries, sandwiches made with fresh-baked breads & coffee drinks.



Kaimuki Suprette

Cafe & Juices/Smoothies

Cafeteria-style eatery for locally sourced breakfasts, seasonal veggies & creative sandwiches.



Kakaako Kitchen

Local

Casual spot for quick-serve Hawaiian cuisine, including plate lunches, amid open-air seating.



Kokua Market Natural Foods

Cafe & Juices/Smoothies

Longtime food co-op & deli with local produce, meat, bulk items & handmade beauty products.



Lanikai Juice

Cafe & Juices/Smoothies

Small counter-serve chain offering juices, smoothies & bowls made with natural ingredients.



Leahi Health

Cafe & Juices/Smoothies

Leahi Health uses organic ingredients in all of our beverages, sandwiches and ... All of our organic foods are hand-picked off of Hawaii farms with ALOHA!



Leo's Taverna

Meditarranean

Straightforward Greek classics like gyros & moussaka round out the menu at this simple taverna.



Little Village Noodle House

Chinese

Lively BYOB eatery offering traditional Cantonese fare & inventive combos, plus family-style dishes.



Mandalay

Chinese

Refined, contemporary eatery serving Cantonese dishes, Hong Kong-style dim sum & pau hana specials.



Maple Garden

Chinese

Long-standing eatery with traditional Chinese offerings, including vegetarian dishes & a buffet.



MyCafe Hawaii

Cafe & Juices/Smoothies

Known for its creative pancakes, this busy counter serve offers a range of breakfast & lunch dishes.



Nalu's Health Bar & Cafe

Cafe & Juices/Smoothies



Nico's Pier 38

Local

Large waterside hub showcasing locally sourced seafood & dishes mixing French & Hawaiian styles.



Peace Cafe

Cafe & Juices/Smoothies

Tiny vegan restaurant dishing up whole & organic foods in a mellow setting with ambient music.



Pieology Pizzeria

Italian

Chain pizzeria serving oven-fired pies made with a diverse range of sauces, cheeses & toppings.



Pressed Juicery

Cafe & Juices/Smoothies

Cold-pressed juices & cleanses are the specialty of this high-end regional chain.



Roots Café

Cafe & Juices/Smoothies



Ruscello

Cafe & Juices/Smoothies

Chic, contemporary choice for Mediterranean & Italian fare plus cocktails in Nordstrom.



Shaloha Pita

Meditarranean

Low-key pita house offering a roster of familiar Mediterranean fare, such as shawarma & falafel.



Simple Joy Vegetarian Cuisine

Thai

Popular Italian, American & Asian dishes are served vegan at this casual spot, including mock meats.



Sprout Sandwich Shop

Cafe & Juices/Smoothies

Come enjoy our tasty sandwiches that make your taste buds water and your heart smile at Sprout Sandwich Shop.



Subway

Cafe & Juices/Smoothies

Casual counter-serve chain for build-your-own sandwiches & salads, with health-conscious options.



Sushi II

Japanese

Inventive rolls, deep-fried fish & an omakase menu offered in an unassuming strip-mall nook.



The Ripple of Smiles

Vietnamese



Thelma's Restaurant

Filipino

Informal, family-owned restaurant specializing in Filipino fare with Hawaiian-American influences.



Town

Cafe & Juices/Smoothies

Innovative New American & Italian dishes made with local ingredients & served amid industrial decor.



Umeke Market

Cafe & Juices/Smoothies

Modest counter-serve with organic vegan fare such as tacos, salads, burgers, curry & lentil dishes.



Vegan Hills

Cafe & Juices/Smoothies

Plant-based breakfast & lunch fare alongside coffee drinks from a quaint, modern restaurant.



Water Drop Vegetarian House

Chinese



Whole Foods Market

Cafe & Juices/Smoothies

Eco-minded chain with natural & organic grocery items, housewares & other products (most sell wine).



Yakiniku Camellia

Korean

Informal buffet offering all-you-can-eat Korean cuisine for guests to cook at in-table grills.



Yama's Fish Market

Hawaiian

Compact, deli-style go-to for lunch plates, bento boxes, lau lau, poke & other fresh island flavors.



Yanagi Sushi

Japanese

Japanese specialties include inventive sushi rolls & tempura in a festive space with late hours.



Yummy Korean Bar-B-Q

Korean

Local chain offering a BBQ-focused menu with traditional noodle & soup selections for takeout only.