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Must eats in Honolulu the way Locals Do

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"If this place ever closed, people would riot," says Minaka Urquidi, as to why she took over.

Ethel’s Grill

The rather hyphenated restaurant (Japanese-MexicanOkinawan) of her parents, which since 1978 has served sumo wrestlers and politicians. Buttery ahi is sung around the edges, drizzled in a garlicky soy sauce, and served with crisp fiddlehead ferns.

I understand why, based on the tataki alone. More than the sum of its parts, it's simple yet satisfying. Of the restaurant itself, the same can be said. There's a refrigerator covered in family pictures in the tiny dining room and construction workers are cracking hard taco shells to scoop Okinawan taco rice. It's flawless.

The Island-Style Diner

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Katya Ryder

Katya Ryder - School teacher, earned National Board Certification in 2013 I have a passion for science and majored in biology at Arizona State University, where I also earned teaching certificate and Master of Education.

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