College Football has finally dawned upon us! And if you are a fan like me, then you are also super excited for the season to being and see how the new playoff system will play out. And as an alum of the University of Washington, I am more excited to see The Washington Huskies take on the Hawaii Warriors in my home state of Hawaii! Not only that, they will be playing at Aloha Stadium in Oahu, which is just 4 blocks away from the neighborhood that I lived in all my life! This is an exciting season for the Huskies as this will be the first game under new Head Coach, Chris Petersen! As the Huskies try and win the Pac-12 this year, I know a lot of huskies fans will be traveling to Hawaii to enjoy a piece of paradise.
Their will be lots of alumni traveling to Oahu for the game and there is a huge amount of UW alumni based in Oahu. Here is a link to the UW alumni page with information on where you can find Huskies In Hawaii. For those of you who have down time before or after the game and plan on staying a few extra days, here are some great places that we recommend to get great beers, burgers, and a little taste of hawaiian food and culture!
Here are some Breweries that we recommend:
Honolulu Beerworks: Honolulu Beerworks is a new micro brewery that sprung up on Oahu in the past year. I personally have not been to this place, but I heard really great things. They currently have 9 beers on tap and they sell $2 tasters for a 4oz serving. This place has outdoor seating for that perfect Hawaii weather and they also have nice wood furniture in their taproom to give that rustic, brewery vibe. This place also serves food incase you are hungry.
Kona Brewing Company: Kona Brewing Company is a Hawaii staple. Most of you may have heard about them and may have even drank some of their beer. The original brewery is located on the Big Island in Kona. Luckily, back in 2003 they opened one on Oahu, right on the water in the town of Hawaii Kai, located on the east side of the island. They currently have 5 different beers that they mass-produce and some others that they experiment with (you will have to check out the brewery to see what they are). If you get a chance to go to the Big Island, definitely check out the brewery, but if you can’t and the brewery on Oahu is just as good.
Pint and Jigger: Pint and Jigger is a restaurant with awesome beers on tap. They have 21 beers on tap and they all rotate. This is an awesome place if you just want to hang out and get a nice pint of your favorite beer from around the country. They also have awesome food and burgers here, hence why we like this place! Located in the Ala Moana area, this is an easy place to get if you are near town-side.
Here is our recommendation on place get great burger:
Seven Brothers Burgers: I go back and fourth with this place and Teddy’s as the best burger place on the island. Located on the North-side of the island in a town called Laie’, this place has burgers that will blow you away. Their signature burgers are out of this world. All have some crazy twist and they are huge burgers. This place never disappoints. Come here with a huge appetite otherwise you won’t finish the burger. I recommend try the Cowboy, the Spencer, and the Bruce Irons! And don’t forget to try the Paniolo fires. I will not tell you whats on it because I want you to find out yourself! This place will leave you mind blown!
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers: Teddy’s Bigger Burgers is just that, a bigger burger!! With patty sizes ranging from 5-9oz, you will be sure to get enough food. You can also get two 9oz patties if you’d like! This place is more traditional burger joint. You build your own burger and top it with the amazing toppings that they have. The reason I have a hard time deciding weather Teddy’s or Seven Brothers is because Teddy’s does something to their burgers that keeps me going back, more so that Seven Brothers. With 9 locations scattered around the island, you will have an easy time getting to this place and I will let you be the judge of the on who is better!
Kua-aina Sandwiches: Located steps from Ala Moana Beach, you can find Kua-ain’s. This place has amazing burger and they always have fresh and tasty toppings. I like that they do grilled onions instead of caramelized onions because it can get too sweet. The reason I like this place is because they also have sandwiches; sometimes you want to take a break from a burger and get a good turkey sandwich. They also server salads for those of you who want to keep that beach body. Whatever you feel like eating, this place is a great place to get a good food fix!
I know we are a beer and burger blog, but I would not be doing the Hawaiian people justice if I did not mention a few other places to get food other than burgers.
Street Side Inn: With multiple locations on the island, you will be in love once you fins this place. The people and staff are so friendly and they will also make you feel at home. Now, the food! Every time I go to this place, I have to get the Side Style Fried Chicken and Side Style Fried Rice. These two things is all you ever need. This fried chicken will make you think why you ate other friend chickens. The portion are huge because it’s a family-style serving so share if you want. They also have many other great things worth trying like the Isle Style Short Ribs. This place also has a beer that specially brewed for them called Side Street Inn Ale from Rouge Brewery in Oregon. I also recommend you try this beer!
Ono Seafood: If you are looking for great Poke, then this is the place. Traditional Poke, pronounced “POH-kay” or “POH-ki”, is cube raw fish, most the time ahi (tuna) and it is mixed with soy sauce or sea salt. Ono Seafood takes the Poke to the next level. If you haven’t tried it, I suggest trying the Hawaiian Style first and then try all the other ones. If you like raw fish and sushi, you will love this place!
Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck: If you are driving on the North Shore of the island, you will see many shrimp trucks and shrimp stand. Well I’m here to tell you that there is only ONE that you should go to and the is Giovanni’s! This place has the best garlic shrimp $10 can buy! I promise you that you love this place so much that you will go back before your trip is over! The truck is covered with people’s names and drawings from around the world, so you cannot miss it. If you want, we will be more than happy for you guys to bring back some of the shrimp for us!
I wish I could tell you more awesome places to get food on the beautiful island of Hawai’i, but i would just keep writing and writing. I hope you find all these places and have time to check them out because I know you will enjoy all of them! So as an Alum of UW, I have to root for my Huskies, but I will always be a Warrior at heart. Please feel free to contact us via Facebook, Twitter, or out Blog if you want more recommendations. I will gladly respond with more! Mahalo and GO HUSKIES! BOW DOWN!!!