Food La La: Pau hana at Holoholo Bar & Grill

Feb. 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

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BY LINDSEY MURAOKA / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Last week I went to check out Holoholo Bar & Grill at 2494 South Beretania Street. They’ve been open for a couple of months and I heard good things about their happy hour, which features local style fusion dishes from 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

The atmosphere is causal, laid back and friendly with the lounge area adorned with canoe paddles, flat screen televisions and a full bar. The restaurant area is separate and doesn’t open until 5 p.m.

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My friend Raymond Pang and I arrived around 4 p.m. for happy hour and it was pretty empty at first, but started to fill up about an hour later. The first dish we tried was Kim Chee Dip & Chips ($7.95 happy hour, $10.95 regular price). The sauce is tangy and sour but I wish it was a bit spicier and chunkier with crunchy bits of kimchee for texture.

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One of the more popular dishes is the Back Yard Style Smoke Meat ($12.55 happy hour, $16.55 regular price). This is a must-order! The pork is savory, smoked perfectly, and sauteed with onions and garlic.

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I also recommend ordering Brad’s Smok’n Hot Chicken Pops ($8.95 happy hour, $12.95 regular price). The spicy and sour chicken is crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. The dill sauce is refreshing and goes great with the chicken.

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I was craving carbs, so I decided to try their Poutine ($4.95 happy hour, $7.95) which is basically fries (regular or sweet potato) smothered in gravy and melted cheese. Can’t go wrong with that!

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This BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich ($9.50) is off the dinner menu. They use toasted French bread and fill it with their slow braised and very tender brisket.

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On the restaurant side, a display case is filled with delicious-looking homemade desserts. I was too full to try any but I took tons of pictures. All desserts are under $5. I’ll have to go back to try some!

Red Velvet Cake.

Red velvet cake

Bread Pudding.

Bread pudding

Red Velvet and Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches.

Red velvet and Chocolate chip cookie sandwiches

Holoholo Bar & Grill is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. weekdays; dinner is also available on the weekends and the bar stays open until 1 a.m. daily (except Sundays). They also have a special brunch menu on the weekends from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit Holoholobarandgrill.com.
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Lindsey Muraoka blogs about food and drink for the Pulse. Contact her on Twitter or via email at foodlalablog@gmail.com.

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