Thursday, February 8, 2018

Market Review: Dukes Lane Market & Eatery

A Must Stop When in Waikiki: Dukes Lane Market & Eatery

One Stop Shop, Dine and Drink

When my hubby and I heard that a “super” ABC Store will open soon in Waikiki, we were ecstatic.  Learning that it would be open upon our return, we knew what our first mission would be: get there as soon as our bags are unpacked.  And, we did.  What we found was exactly what was needed—a full market, a grab-and-go market, wine and spirit shop, a bakery with beverages, a full restaurant, with full bar, and simpler fare, such as pizza and sandwiches.  
Note: All these stores and restaurants are within steps of one another.  In fact, Chill, Island Gourmet Coffee and the Bakery share the same counters—built in an “L” shape.  Thus, one can grab a pastry from the Bakery, order a cup of Kona coffee from Island Gourmet Coffee and choose a cup of gelato from Chill all at once.

Great little ABC Store: Market
This ABC appears a bit higher end than the typical ABC with its perfectly arranged produce and fine gourmet foods.  Their cheese selection was impressive. 
Daily 6:00 AM to 11:30 PM

Find the best wines and spirits in The Vault
They even have the excellent Far Niente and Clos Du Val Cabernet for a reasonable price.
Daily 6:00 AM to 11:30 PM
Be in and out fast with Dash—fast and fresh
Just need a fast ready-made gourmet sandwich, sophisticated salad or bottle of water?  How about cut fruit in a glass or pastry wrapped and ready to go?  Find it here at the Dash.
Daily 6:00 AM to 11:30 PM

Chill out at Chill
Find unique Teapresso Boba beverages, various iced teas, lemonade and gelato at Chill.  The gelato is the best I tasted in Honolulu.  (Find out what Boba tea is here.”
Daily 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Need some Joe or soothing tea, try Island Gourmet Coffee
Island serves only the finest Kona Coffee and tea grown locally
Daily 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Yummy treats await those who visit the Bakery
It’s difficult to choose a treat when faced with freshly baked Malasada (especially those filled with coconut cream), donuts, breads, scones and cookies.  All are delicious.  On our first visit, I had to try a Malasada since I had seen them on the Hawaii Five-O television show.  Lucky for us, two were misshapen, so the young man at the counter gave us three for the price of one.  Yum!  In earnest, they are so dense and filling, I could only eat part of one.
Check out the doughnut schedule per their website.

Only the best at Ono’s Burger Bar 
So much better than the typical fast-food fare, these are made from free-range beef that result in juicy burgers served on brioche buns.  We had ours with their garlic fries—pure heaven.
They also have chicken, fish, and veggie burgers.
Mon - Sun... 10:30 AM - 10:30 PM

Our favorite is Spitfire Rotisserie and Flatbread
We tended to order the flatbread, which was always delicious.  Perfectly baked with fresh flavors.  Our favorite was the “Yes No Meat!” $ 9 with grilled eggplant, squash, wild mushroom, kale, and tomato sauce.

They also have:
Plates, served with your choice of two sides for $12-$18.  
Fresh Poke bowls for $11 - $15
Salad for $9 
Note: You’ll notice many walking the streets with Spitfire’s boxes in their hands.  It’s that good!
Mon - Sun 10:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Fine Dining at Basalt 
When I first peaked into Basalt—around their lovely full bar—I was sure it was an over-priced upscale venue.  That’s simply not the case.  Sure, the food is top notch.  But, the prices are mindboggling for Hawaii.  The highest priced item on the lunch menu is $22 and that’s for steak and fries!  We would pay that in Davis, CA.  This place is a gem.  Their happy hour is even more impressive.  
Happy hour: Every day 3-6 PM. 
Cocktails, beer and wine.
Lower priced appetizers and various menu choices.  For example, burgers are $5!
Note: Inside and outside dining with over 150 seats. 
Restaurant: Mon - Sun 7:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Bar: Mon - Sun 7:00AM - 10:30PM
Dukes Lane Market & Eatery
2255 Kuhio Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815

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