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Kelvin Ro's one-stop spot is a plate-lunch place, a gourmet market, and deli, bakery, and espresso bar, too—and it's a five-minute hop from Waikiki hotels. A take-out window offers grilled sandwiches or plates ranging from teriyaki beef to portobello mushrooms. The market's deli case is stocked with a range of heat-and-eat entrées from risotto cakes to lamb stew; specials change daily. There are packaged Japanese bento lunchboxes, giant scones, enticing desserts, and even a small wine selection. www.diamondheadmarket.com. Reservations not accepted. Credit cards accepted.
Known for uncommon variations on common breakfast themes (pancakes, eggs Benedict, French toast, home fries, and eggs), this neighborhood favorite is tucked into a hard-to-find Kailua office park; call for directions. Lunch features local-style plate lunchs which are good, but the main attraction is breakfast. Don't miss the guava chiffon and red velvet pancakes. www.cinnamonsrestaurant.com. Credit cards accepted.
A tasteful lunch spot in the Honolulu Museum of Art's Spalding House, this cafe offers light and healthful food. The short but well-selected menu features housemade soups, crostini of the day, innovative sandwiches garnished with fruit, and a hummus plate with fresh pita. In the exclusive Makiki Heights neighborhood above the city, the restaurant spills out of the ground floor of the museum onto the lawn. The cafe also offers a "Lauhala and Lunch" picnic lunch for two, priced at $30, which includes a choice of sandwich or salad for each person, dessert bars, and beverage packed in a picnic basket. Credit cards accepted. No dinner. Closed Mon.
Long beloved for its Thai classics based on family recipes, such as spicy curries and stir-fries and sticky rice in woven grass baskets, Chiang Mai is just a short cab ride from Waikiki. Some dishes, like the signature Cornish game hen in lemongrass and spices, show how acculturation can create interesting pairings. The cozy space is decorated with Thai fabrics and artwork. 808chiangmai.com. Credit cards accepted. No lunch weekends.
Enjoy the sunset views over the yacht harbor as you take in live local music nightly while sipping one of the signature "Guy-Tai" cocktails. Such offerings as ahi wontons, loco moco, and garlic chicken are perennial appetizer favorites with locals and tourists alike. For dinner, make sure you try specialties: prime rib, garlic steak, or bone-in New York steak from Kahua Ranch on the Big Island. But fish is also a high point here, and while specials change regularly, they are always made with the freshest fish available from the market. www.charthousehonolulu.com. No lunch.
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