What a Local Eats in Honolulu, Hawaii Octopus Balls and Beef Cheek Burrito

Today I show you what a local eats in Honolulu, Hawaii. I gotta say all the dishes I had in the video were awesome but I did come across multiple road blocks along the way. Being a food YouTuber can be pretty challenging at times. From dealing with pissed off cooks, to dropping food in the car or not having a dish you wanted to film. But that’s what keeps life exciting right?! Hope you all enjoy this mini food tour!

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Takoyaki Yama Chan
801 Kaheka St, Honolulu, HI 96814

Serg’s Mexican Kitchen
2740 E Manoa Rd, Honolulu, HI 96822

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  1. I love beef tongue! Only when it’s super thinly sliced. This Sushi ii place had skewers that were crispy then they stopped selling it and I can’t find the same consistency anywhere else 🙁 I’m so sad. I’m guessing I need to go like Don Q and ask the meat department if they can slice it thin? Idk ….

  2. Thanks for the review…..always wanted to go there but usually go to the U Choice In on the corner for the steam buns, duck and pork plates. Just saw Sorabol is now at the Pagoda 🙂

  3. Not found/know of any other takoyaki place besides Yama-Chan. For Mexican, have eaten at Taqueria El Ranchero in Wahiawa, Barrio Cafe on the opposite end of Wahiawa, Surf n Salsa food truck & Cholo's Mexican restaurant in Haleiwa, who have been around since 1980s or so, ironically in Wahiawa, facing Taqueria. BTW….For all those nay-sayers/detractors that say "Hawaii's Mexican food is not as good/same as L.A., Houston, Phoenix, etc., etc." Or Wherever! Hawaii is Hawaii, L.A, Houston, Phoenix!…This…Is…Hawaii!….Another fun fact…Both Taqueria's, El Palenque & Barrio Cafe are owned/operated by Same family, originally from Mexico, by way Of San Diego/L.A. while owners of Surf N Salsa are from Colombia, by way of L.A….

  4. I've never found the Mexican food in Hawaii to be very good. In the 1980s, people used to say that Bueno Nalo in Waimanalo was the best on the island, but it, too, was not very good. Let us know if you ever plan on coming out to the mainland. We have some amazing Mexican food in Southern California, and we'd love to show you some amazing places here.

  5. Not a fan of takoyaki, but that burrito looked so good! I love the face you make when you take your first bite of good food. "Cow cheeks" and "cow tongue" lol. Gotta to make it out to Sergs one day. Street tacos are my favorite and had some amazing ones at a food truck in Princeville, Kauai at the place we are staying at called Carlitos. Too bad they aren't on Oahu. Waiting for Alejandros to open in the old Ezogiku spot near the Pearl City Longs. Hoping it will be my favorite Mexican place.

  6. Ohhhh… beef cheek!!!

    'Kay'so, I actually never had it but I've had Japanese-style pork cheeks years ago.

    Interestingly enough, it was in C-bus, OH when I resided there over a decade ago.

    The chef that owned the tiny shoppe is from Japan and was featured on the late (RiP) Tony Bourdain's epic "No Reservation" traveling gastronome programme.

    Chef Mike's "Kihachi".

    That was my weekly Friday eve jam for omakase which myself and guest(s) were sat at the kitchen bar (it only sat about 6-8 people, IIRC).

    Roasted shelled ginko nuts atop a small bowl of sea salt greeted us each time.

    We were adventurous diners (with my then BF being a sous chef himself) and long and lively conversations with Chef Mike (and his sous chef), he would always present us with the most deliciously weird things for us to taste.

    **We got to actually taste what REAL wasabi is like, as he offered it to us the one time we watched him grating and became curious about it. It look's something akin to a very LAAAAAARGE root.
    Large AF!!!

    Kihachi, my love
    I will miss you forever…
    Pork cheeks are a must!!!!!!

  7. Takoyaki looked good. I think I only had it once in my life and it was also soggy and not impressive. Sucks that everything you wanted didn’t work out that day but I think the cow cheek burrito was still a good replacement. Looked like a good size too.

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