Oahu – Day 2 – Part 8
It is an 1.5 hour drive from North Shore back to Waikiki. I decided to head back a little earlier rather than staying in North Shore for dinner giving us time to go back to our hotel to rest, get cleaned up, and decide on a place for dinner.
After searching on Yelp, we really didn’t know what we wanted to eat. There were just so many option in Waikiki. We ended up choosing a place with a ton of great reviews. When we got there, we were told it was going to be a 30-40 minute wait! Lucky for us, the wait was more like 10-15 minutes, giving us time to read yelp reviews etc.
After finally getting seated, we pretty much knew what we wanted to order but I let our waiter go through the menu and recommend all of the special etc. My first mistake, cause he didn’t let me order. He walked away without taking our order and pretty much left us there. All of the other waiters were pretty busy but our dude kind of just disappeared. We were quite hungry, tired, and annoyed when he finally showed up to take our order.
We read that everything was in big proportions that served 2 to 3 people, so we ordered two things for the four of us.
We got the “Side Street Works” Fried rice which is their “Award Winning” Side Style Fried Rice (the house specialty) with char siu, Portugese sausage and bacon in it. By getting the “Side Street Works” you get kim chee and lup cheong added to it. It’s such an interesting fusion fried rice and definitely hit the spot with the sweet and savory meats as well as a tiny bit of kick from the kim chee.
We also got the Pan-Fried Island Pork Chops. For $20, it felt over priced to order nothing but pork chops. But, you get a very big and thick cut of pork chop that is cooked perfectly; crispy and tasty on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside. It comes with a cup of ketchup on the side, but I personally didn’t think you need the ketchup.
We ended clearing the pork chop and taking half of the fried rice back to the hotel for supper. There are 2 different Side Street Inn’s in Honolulu, we went to the one located in Kaimuki which was 1.2 miles away from our hotel. I really did not want to drive so I decided that 1.2 miles is nothing compared to our weekly walks/runs at our local lake (5 miles all the way around). Let’s just say I regretted it.
The walk from our hotel to the restaurant took us through a dark quiet area. I really had no idea where we were, just following my handy dandy google map in hand. And that was the end of day 2. We had one more full day in Oahu before heading to the Big Island.Side Street Inn (On The Strip)
614 Kapahulu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
sidestreetinn.com note: it’s located inside a big building (Prudential Building?), so keep an eye out for signs.