Where to Eat For a Low Price in Oahu

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For most people traveling isn’t merely about seeing new places and taking a host of photographs. On the contrary, it is about experiencing the culture of these new and diverse places. So, if you have just booked your tickets to Hawaii and are eager to try everything the place has to offer, then look forward to trying new dishes around Oahu.

It is indeed rather unfortunate that nowadays in popular tourist joints many local restaurants charge exorbitant amounts for even basic food items like a pancake or burger. But, if you are a smart tourist, eager to consume the best food without burning a hole through your pocket, then here is a list of restaurants and joints which you ought not to miss out on when in Hawaii.

Nicos Pier 38

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Coming all the way to Oahu and not eating some “fresh out the ocean” seafood is indeed considered a crime against humanity. So in order to soak in the true essence of Oahu, at a pocket friendly rate you ought to visit Nicos Pier 38. Here you will truly be spoiled with options, yet some of the most popular picks include- the delicious pan seared ahi (priced at around 9 dollars) or even the succulent opah. Prices increase as the night approaches to make sure to go early! Whether you opt to come here alone or with other members of your family, rest assured that you will have a memorable culinary experience.

Uncle’s Fish Market and Grill

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Though newly opened  Uncle’s Fish Market & Grill is already one of the most popular picks for locals and tourists alike. The best part about eating here is that you get to enjoy an array of food items, but in addition to that you can also enjoy the comfortable atmosphere of this restaurant. Most dishes on the menu are affordably priced between 6 to 16 dollars and the items cooked up in the open kitchen include- salads, sandwiches, pastas or even grills. The restaurant has a casual decor and dress code which is perfectly in keeping with the Hawaiian style. So when in Oahu make sure you drop by here as you will certainly enjoy the experience to the fullest.

Helena’s Hawaiian Foods

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This funky little place, on first glance might look like a hole in the wall, but if you actually take the plunge and enter the restaurant then you will see how quintessentially Hawaiian this little joint is. Everything about the place, whether the look, ambiance or even the music is very soothing and instantly puts anyone at ease. While here, you can enjoy a number of good items. Items on the menu are incredibly affordably priced between roughly 3 to 16 dollars.  The most popular picks here on the menu include-Kalua pig (affordably priced at 2.90 dollars), the poi (priced at roughly 2.25 dollars), the squid luau (for about 3.15 dollars) and even the ever popular fried butterfish collar which will not even cost you more than a couple dollars! Helena’s Hawaiian Foods is a MUST!

Mei Sum Dim Sum

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If you wish to avail of some delightful dim sums at an affordable price then you ought to give Mei Sum Dim Sum a try. With dim sum prices well below 5 dollars you can afford to enjoy as many as you’d like! In addition to dim sums, the restaurant is well known for serving up items like spring rolls, short ribs or even various baked goods. This Cantonese restaurant is located in the Downtown area and is recommended to go during weekdays as it tends to get very full.

Side Street Inn

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Though initially opened with the intention of being a bar, today Side Street Inn is renowned for its wonderfully fuss free and affordable menu which includes items such as special fried rice (priced at ten dollars) or even the sinfully succulent baby back ribs (that will cost you $ 15). Apart from these two items there are a number of even cheaper dishes you can avail of. Don’t miss this great place if you find yourself around the Waikiki area.


Other good, yet affordable restaurants include:

Pane y Vino

Halekulani’s House Without a Key

Duke’s Canoe Club

Fatty’s Chinese Kitchen

These are simply some of the few restaurants you can try out when you are here. Unlike with many tourist destinations, when in Oahu, you need not burn a hole through your pocket, if you wish to have a good time!

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