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FUUD: The Alley in Aiea

FUUD: The Alley in Aiea

Hawaii has always had great restaurants attached to bowling alleys.

Consider Kapiolani Coffee Shop in Kam Bowl. Or the restaurant in Bowling City, where my grandfather used to serve his popular tripe stew.

And now there’s The Alley Restaurant in the renovated Aiea Bowl, an aging alley that got an expensive facelift a few years ago by brothers Gregg and Glenn Uyeda.

The restaurant concept was always a central part of their business model — and it’s obvious when you’re there how popular this alley eatery is.

While the menu remains fairly homestyle and local, it does offer gourmet twists to the usual fare, like the Tasty Chicken, essentially an upscale version of the popular Korean-style fried chicken. This blend of retro and nouveau cuisine is exactly what this restaurant works.

So after a morning of bowling — and working up an appetite — here’s what we ate:

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The Alley Restaurant, Aiea Bowl, 99-115 Aiea Heights Dr. Hours: 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, breakfast served from 7 to 10 a.m. daily. Phone: (808) 486-3499

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Kona: Last day of eating

Kona: Last day of eating

It was inevitable.

My midweek jaunt to Kona was coming to an end.

That meant is was back to work — not that I left that behind in Honolulu — household chores, morning traffic, crowded surf breaks, fast food and parking wars at Costco.

The trip reminded me what I love about Hawaii — its laid-back feel, a sharing of cultures, a storied history and a strong connection to food.

On our last day in Kona, we drove around looking for places to eat — and discovered something about my own heritage.

I know! Can you believe it?

Here’s what Thursday’s adventure looked like:

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Making Portuguese sweet bread

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FUUD with foodies at Side Street Inn

FUUD with foodies at Side Street Inn

The other day I got an e-mail from tech-geek extraordinaire Ryan Ozawa, asking if I’d like to attend a foodie meet-up at Side Street Inn.

He said one of the hosts of the wildly popular podcast “The Sporkful” — Mark Garrison — was coming through Honolulu from a food adventure in Japan and wanted to check out some local cuisine — with some local foodies.

He got me at “Side Street.”

So a bunch of us — including Nonstop’s Mari Taketa — met at the beloved dive on Hopaka Street to nosh on fried pork chops, fried rice, fried chicken — you get the idea.

Here’s what we ate:

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Did this: An Evening of Sustainable Cuisine

Did this: An Evening of Sustainable Cuisine

Last night folks lined up for eco-friendly dishes created by some of Hawaii’s top chefs at an event promoting sustainable eating.

“An Evening of Sustainable Cuisine,” held at the Halekulani, featured “green” dishes prepared by chefs Roy Yamaguchi (Roy’s Restaurant), Vikram Garg (Halekulani) and Ed Kenney (town).

Tickets for this “net zero” event — meaning, no carbon footprint here — was $125 with profits supporting the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Kapiolani Community College.

Here’s what we ate:

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FUUD: Roy's in Hawaii Kai

FUUD: Roy's in Hawaii Kai

Last month I was craving meatloaf and a nice glass of wine.

That could only mean one thing: I was going to Roy’s Restaurant in Hawaii Kai.

But I’ll be honest: except for the meatloaf, I’ve been a bit underwhelmed on my last few visits there.

But this time, there was something different. The food was vibrant. The menu seemed reinvigorated. So we asked our server if there was a change in the kitchen.

Sure enough, there was a new executive chef, Chris Garnier. He’s not new to the company — he was busing tables there about 15 years ago — but he was new to the role. And at least to me, it seemed like the restaurant was back to its previous grandeur.

Here’s what we ate:

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Roy’s Restaurant, Hawaii Kai, 6600 Kalanianaole Highway. Phone: (808) 396-7697.

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