During our trip we spent time in Kailua, Honolulu and the North Shore, so we got a nice sampling of veggie food the island had to offer.
Though it’s certainly not unique to Hawaii, everyone in the family was quite happy with a lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. A dietitian eating at the Cheesecake Factory you ask? Can it be true? Well, I was on vacation, and keep in mind, we were trying to be sure we chose restaurants where there were options for meat eaters and non-meat eaters. The Cheesecake Factory actually offers one of the very best salads of all time – it’s like they took all my favorite foods and combined them in one dish with an unbelievable dressing:
Fresh Vegetable Appetizer Salad: Asparagus, Green Beans, Tomato, Cucumber, Roasted Beets, Apple, Edamame, Radicchio, Romaine and White Cheddar All Chopped with Pomegranate Vinaigrette.
I should mention that local Hawaiian favorites tempted us on this side of the island as well. I don’t think he’ll mind that I’m telling you…Jeff went back a couple of times for the “chocolate-filled Napples” pastry at Napoleon’s Bakery and I downed the locally brewed Pineapple and Vanilla Cream Waialua Sodas at the Kona Brewing Company. Jeff and Dad were excited to sample their locally made beers, but the menu was a bit pricey so we settled for some tasty appetizers on the outdoor patio.
Other recommended veg-friendly stops if you’re in the vicinity:
Refreshing fresh juices and smoothies in Kailua and Kahala.
Our stand-by for reasonably priced vegetarian options in Kailua and Honolulu.
Be sure to check out part 1 of this series, A Vegetarian on Oahu Part 1: The North Shore, too.
Do you have any suggestions for good vegetarian fare in Honolulu? What other local spots offer meatless options?