It is a thrilling time to dine out in Hawaii. Eating spaces have gotten more casual—hell, some of them aren’t even permanent or fixed, as in the case of pop-ups and food trucks—as fanaticism over ingredients has replaced table linens and formal service. Everything we eat and drink these days has gotten better: coffee is brewed to order at new cafés such as Morning Glass and Beach Bum Café, gastropubs such as Real and Pint + Jigger serve craft beer from Hawai‘i and around the world, and, while local meats and produce used to be the provenance of high end restaurants such as Alan Wong’s and Roy’s, they are now also being served by prepared food vendors (i.e. The Pig and the Lady) at the farmers’ markets.
Here is a look at some of the most interesting and appetizing restaurants that opened in the past year.