Fan faves won't go away at Islands
I don't know about you, but ever since Bloomingdale's and the Ala Moana Ewa Wing Expansion opened, I've been pretty much living at the mall for work-related and holiday reasons.
In between lugging bags, or perhaps needing a break because of it, I ended up eating there too, checking out what's new in Bloomie's third-floor restaurant, and revisiting CPK and Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks.
At Islands, there's more to the menu than meets the eye. About a half dozen retired sandwiches and burgers are part of a hidden menu of old favorites that the restaurant continues serving because customers won't let them delete them from their repertoire.
Among these are the CA Flyer, grilled chicken with Island Reds (sweet grilled red onions) and pepper jack cheese; and the bacon-and-avocado topped Rincon (all the burgers are named after famed island surf destinations), which is otherwise comparable to the restaurant's Maui burger.
Also back by popular demand is the Hana Hou Burger, topped with pepper jack, tomato, lettuce, pickles, a spicy aioli and topped with caramelized Borracho beer onions. It was reintroduced yesterday, and will be offered through the end of January.
Football fans were the first to discover the restaurant's extended happy hour available during Saturday and Sunday NFL playoff games in the bar area from 3 p.m. to close.
Some of the food specials available during the happy hour are kalua pork sliders ($10.59), quesadillas ($5.29), cheddar fries ($5.19) and Island nachos ($8.55).
Sunday NFL drink specials include Bud Light for $3.85 and Bloody Marys for $4.25.
During a visit, I ordered dishes off both happy hour and regular menus:
Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks is in the Ala Moana Center fourth-floor Ho'okipa Terrace. Call (808) 943-6670.
Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage is in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.