Quick Bites: Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day
BY MICHELLE RAMOS / email@example.com
Cinco celebration: The fun is starting early at Restaurant Row with a free block party, as OOSPOT & Alma Latina Productions present the annual Cinco de Mayo Hispanic Celebration from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday.
Food trucks and booths will offer local, Mexican and Puerto Rican food and seasonal specialties. Among the offerings: nachos, spicy chili con queso, tamales and horchata, elotes and pasteles, alongside chicken mole and green rice, Mexican pizza, lamb & chicken biryani, French crepes and cheesecake.
For more information, go to www.cincodemayohawaii.com.
Cantina crawl: On Tuesday, Cinco de Mayo itself, enjoy a “Cinco de Mayo Cantina Crawl,” 5 to 11 p.m. in Chinatown.
La Gran Fiesta will feature food, including tacos at Downbeat Diner; a full Mexican menu at Maria Bonita’s; a Mexican Chocolate & Kahlua Cheesecake at Otto Cake, 841 Bishop St.; Cheesecake Burritos with Strawberry Mango Salsa at Cake Envy; Chicken Mole Verde with Annato Rice ($10) at Grondin French-Latin Kitchen; and a Cocina pop-up restaurant at the corner of Nuuanu and Bethel streets. For the lineup of participating merchants, go to damaniac808.com.
Mexican-style pop-up dinner: Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach will offer three special dishes on Tuesday, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Place’s Gallery Bar, in conjunction with Santacruz Taco Co.: dos tacos ($8), three-cheese nachos ($6-$8) and Costillas Al Pastor ($10-$12), marinated baby back pork ribs.
There also will be Dos Equis and Modelo beer ($6), Li Hing Margarita ($8-$10) and Cadillac Margarita ($9-$11).
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach is at 175 Paoakalani Ave. Call 922-3861.
MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS
My fair lady: The Prince Kuhio Community Center, 91-1270 Kinoiki St. in Kapolei, will have more than 50 food and craft vendors, a fashion show and entertainment, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 9. Visit facebook.com/ PrinceKuhioCC.
Cruisin’ for Mother’s Day: If a cruise is more your mom’s speed, join the Star of Honolulu staff for a Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch Cruise, noon to 2:30 p.m. May 10. The trip includes prizes, roses, entertainment and a “Taste of Hawaii” buffet.
Cost is $68 adults, $41 children ages 3 to 11. Kamaaina prices available with a valid Hawaii ID. Reserve at 983-7827 (983-STAR). Visit starofhonolulu.com.
Burger fanatic and shopper: If you’re taking Mom shopping, stop at Morton’s the Steakhouse in Ala Moana Center. In celebration of National Burger Month, the eatery is offering a Million Dollar Burger throughout May. The traditional burger is kicked up with foie gras, black truffle butter and braised short ribs all on a brioche bun. It also comes with fries and a glass of Stags’ Leap Winery’s “The Investor” from Napa Valley ($39). Reserve at 949-1300.
Special offers: Restaurants around town offer incentives for Mother’s Day. A sampling:
>> A Cup of Tea: Mothers get a free gift, and Wee Tea (for children 10 and younger) will be available. A Cup of Tea is located at 407 Uluniu St. in Kailua. Reserve at 230-8832.
>> Chef Mavro: The award-winning restaurant offers a “dinner to remember” May 9 and 10; 1969 S. King St. Reserve at 944-4714. Gift certificates available.
>> Filcom Center: Buffet lunch featuring Melveen Leed, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 94-428 Mokuola St. Reserve at 680-0451. Visit filcom.org.
>> Moana Surfrider in Waikiki: Buffet brunch at The Veranda has seating starting at 9 a.m. Cost: $80 adults, $40 children ages 6 to 12. Complimentary valet parking. Reserve at 921-4600.
>> Hilton Hawaiian Village: At Bali Steak & Seafood, enjoy a three-course dinner for $79; Rainbow Lanai offers a brunch buffet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $44.95 ($24.95 for children 12 and younger); and Tropics Bar & Grill features a breakfast buffet from 6 to 11 a.m. for $29.95 ($15.25 for children 12 and younger). Reserve at 949-4321.
>> MAC 24/7: “Feast Fit for a Queen” buffet, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the Hilton Waikiki Beach hotel at
2500 Kuhio Drive. Cost: $48 adults, $21 children ages 4 to 12. Reserve at 921-5564.
>> The Pineapple Room inside Macy’s, Ala Moana Center: action stations of prime rib, omelet, roast duck with bao buns, and waffles and pancakes, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $50 adults, $25 children ages 5 through 12. Reserve at 945-6573.
>> Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki: entertainment by Raiatea Helm. Seating prices range from $95 to $175 for adults and $47.50 to $87.50 for children ages 5 to 12. Reserve at 921-4600.
>> Sheraton Princess Kaiulani in Waikiki: Dinner buffet begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Pikake Terrace and features a soba noodle station and more. Cost: $53 adults, $26.50 children ages 5 to 12. Four hours complimentary parking. Reserve at 921-4600.
>> Top of Waikiki: Brunch buffet with a 360-degree view of Honolulu, inside the Waikiki Business Plaza; seatings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $49 adults, $19 children under 10. Free validated parking. Reserve at 923-3877.
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