Now more than ever before, those who are really the best judge of how food tastes, can tell you that the Aloha State of Hawaii serves some of the finest foods that can be found in the entire country. Noted online rating website Yelp has recently listed the nation’s top 100 restaurants for 2016. Ten of those establishments can be found in the State of Hawaii. In a state with only about 0.4% of the country’s population, it’s truly amazing that the 50th State, with 10% of the 100 best restaurants, has a positively disproportionate share of the nation’s most popular places to dine, at least according to those who rate them on Yelp.
What’s also noteworthy is that, for the most part, many of these top rated restaurants can best be described as hole-in-the-wall or informal places. To many, this would be most appropriate as well as be in concert with the island’s casual life style and laid-back approach to life in general. Below are the Hawaii restaurants as recognized by Yelp in 2016 according to their rankings:
10. Marukame Udon, Waikiki, Oahu – This highly rated fast food place in the heart of Waikiki serves udon, a thick Japanese noodle served in broth and typically accompanied with shrimp, fish, chicken or pork.
14. Ono Seafood, Kapahulu, Oahu – For the most part, this is an understated take-out food place which specializes in great Hawaiian plates and local seafood dishes.
15. Da Poke Shack, Kailua-Kona, Big Island – As its name implies, this establishment sells one of Hawaii’s most iconic foods, poke, which is chucks of raw fish, usually tuna, marinated with local spices, seaweed and/or onions.
35. Mama’s Fish House Restaurant, Paia, Maui – This full service restaurant specializes in one of the things that Hawaii is famous for, which is none other than, great local seafood.
56. Lahaina Grill, Lahaina, Maui – Probably the fanciest restaurant on this list, this award-winning establishment features some of the best high-end local cuisine to be found in the Aloha State.
63. Helena’s Hawaiian Food, Kalihi, Oahu – To put it succinctly, this arguably has to be the most celebrated place in the State that serves traditional Hawaiian foods.
76. Musubi Cafe Iyasume, Waikiki, Oahu – While it’s in the middle of Waikiki, it’s still hard to find, tucked away in a small alley; but you’ll be treated to find some of the best Japanese bentos (packaged lunches) when you do.
84. Shark Pit Maui, Lahaina, Maui – Capitalizing on its success, this place just recently graduated from being a food truck serving locally themed and famous tacos to a restaurant serving the same.
89. Umeke’s, Kailua-Kona, Big Island – A wide range of some of the freshest poke and poke bowls as well as local favorites can be gotten here.
92. Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop, Lahaina, Maui – Great casual foods and a variety of amazing pies and desserts can get gotten here.