Monday, September 20, 2010

Ono's Hawaiian in Honolulu: Beef Stew

You may find yourself thinking as you wait in line outside Ono's Hawaiian Foods in Honolulu, is it really worth the wait? And there will be a line, as there is always a line at Ono's. The answer is yes if you get the beef stew. Like Helena's, Ono's has been on a television show, Tony Bourdain's No Reservations.

I tried some of the same dishes as at Helena's but for me the standout dish was the beef stew, which was rich and hearty. There are large chunks of beef and potatoes with some carrots in this stew. The sauce is more sauce than broth as it is quite thick. This dish is filling and delicious and a bargain at under $7.

Pipikaula is a salted and dried beef that is akin to beef jerky. I sampled the portion that came with the sampler meal my companions ordered. Fine but not exciting. Less tough than American beef jerky, so easier to eat as part of a meal.

Ono Hawaiian Foods: 726 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu. Phone: (808) 737-2275.

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