Side Street Inn
Tonight, was University of Hawai'i football night, but I couldn't decide if I wanted to stay in, or go out to watch the game. A friend called to ask if I wanted to go have a drink and pupus (appetizers) at Side Street Inn. How could I possibly refuse?
Located in a mostly industrial area near Ala Moana Shopping Center, Side Street Inn is more bar than restaurant, but the food is good which is why it's always full of people. Sure enough, when we arrived, the place was packed. This place draws all types of people, from sports fans, to drinking buddies, to hard core eaters and karaoke singers.
Luckily for us, we didn't have to wait too long for a table. We waited for about 5 minutes or so (I've waited much longer before), and once we were seated, our order was taken and the food arrived shortly thereafter. Prompt, efficient service is routinely provided here, which is another reason to stop by.
By the way, food wasn't the only thing on our minds tonight...right? After all, we came to watch the game too! (Final score, UH 41, Michigan State 38)
The first dish to arrive was the fried rice (US$9.00).
This was done local-style using cooked Japanese rice. The rice was seasoned with a bit of shoyu (soy sauce) and fried with bits of linguica (Portuguese sausage), char siu (Chinese barbecued pork), green peas and carrots, then topped with lots of green onions. The fried rice was quite good although just a bit oily.
Next we ordered were the wing zings (US$9.25).
10 pieces of crispy fried chicken wing parts, these were light and crunchy. They were served with some ranch dressing, and quite surprisingly, these were not oily at all. They were a bit spicy (good), but just a little too salty for me. Otherwise, I don't think I've had better chicken wings than this before.
Last to arrive, was a "skinny" (half) order of the pan fried island pork chops (US$8.75, full order US$17.00).
This is probably Side Street Inn's best selling menu item. What we got was two crispy fried pork chops that were pan fried to a nice golden brown. They were then cut into bite-sized pieces for easy eating. Lightly seasoned, the pork chops were great. The only downside? These pork chops were a bit fatty.
Looking for some local style comfort food, come to Side Street Inn. Although a bit on the pricey side, the food ranges from very good to excellent. The portions here are huge, making this a comparatively good value.
Side Street Inn
1225 Hopaka Street
Telephone: 808.591.0253 or 808.596.8282