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Oahu is paradise for all the senses.

Where else can you take in stunning views, great weather, peaceful sounds and delicious flavors?

The answer is Honolulu, which was recently recognized by 24/7 Tempo as one of 30 American cities underrated for its food scene.

The question asked was: What makes a good food city? You may consider a city a food destination if it has a collection of good restaurants, diversity of choices for both formal and casual dining and a wide range of cuisines. And that’s what Honolulu has grown into.

Honolulu’s food scene may have been overlooked for its great beaches and the laid-back lifestyle. The focus on sunshine may have taken the spotlight off some unforgettable dining destinations. Here are three restaurants that are worth trying.

Helena’s Hawaiian Food

Helena’s serves up traditional local food, and it’s been doing so since 1946.

This family-owned establishment also won the James Beard Foundation award in the classic award category.

It’s main menu item combination includes kalua pig, Lomi salmon, Pipikaula short ribs and luau squid.

Mud Hen Water

If you’re looking for a modern paradise, look no further than Mud Hen Water.

The restaurant’s philosophy is to prepare foods with time-tested flavors, local ingredients and ethnic diversity.

Those who frequent the restaurant say it has some of the best poke around.

Maguro Bros

Taste the flavors of poke, a cuisine that continues to trend upward.

Located in Chinatown, patrons experience some of the freshest ingredients when they dine at Maguro Bros.

This intimate restaurant serves up delicious miso salmon, squid dishes, ahi, sashimi and rich sauces that perfectly compliment this staple.

Everyone already knows about the lifestyle, weather and natural beauty, but the secret is getting out: Honolulu and other areas nearby are gaining recognition for the dining.

The food landscape is quickly transforming. When you dine out in Oahu, you’ll take part in a unique experience that’s mindful of Hawaii’s culture, history and other influences. Luckily, many incredible restaurants of all types and sizes fit this mold.

If you are interested in calling Oahu home, contact us today about your home loan options.

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