A Sports And Food Weekend

Jo McGarry
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Friday - December 02, 2005
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It’s that great time of year when football is still going and basketball is beginning. Here are a couple of favorite places to go after the games.

Murphy’s Bar and Grill on Merchant Street is always fun after a game. Fans return to Murphy’s by bus and the talk is always about sports.

Murphy’s is a great place to take the family, and recent renovations have given a lift to this fabulous old building on Merchant and Nuuanu. The food is consistently good and the value is great. The dinner menu includes pupu, salads, steaks and sandwiches and a number of weekly specials. A New York steak served with mashed potatoes and vegetables is just $14, and grilled ahi over rice with veggies is just $13. My favorite appetizer is the salmon pate with minced onions, capers, sour cream and toasted bread loaf ($7).

They have a great selection of beers on tap - and if you’re lucky, Marion Murphy will have made some of her famous pies and cobblers. Plenty of nighttime parking and a great sports atmosphere make it a good choice after football if you’re headed back into town.

The University area has a number of really good dining options, and before basketball games, if you’re in the mood for excellent Thai or Vietnamese food, then you have to try Spices on South King Street.

Spices opened earlier this year, and they’ve been busy ever since. The food is just wonderful, the chef puts out a host of dishes that you won’t find anywhere else, and the authenticity of the dishes plus the warm atmosphere make this a really nice stop if you’re in the mood for dinner with a lot of flavor.

If a cold glass of beer is more to your taste, then Eastside Grill is sports central. It’s a favorite stop for many people after a game at the Stan Sheriff Center, and for years Eastside has been serving a simple menu that appeals to all tastes. The atmosphere is of a sports bar - lots of loud music, plenty of energy and a good, well-priced menu. Easy parking too.

But if you want to go somewhere really different and enjoy some exceptionally good food at very low prices, then you should head over to Aki-no-No at 2633 S. King St. This tiny Japanese restaurant serves some outstanding sushi, a huge variety of Japanese food, including teppanyaki grilled dishes, and beers are just $2.50. It’s an izakaya style restaurant and the menu is deep and well worth taking time over. The sashimi is high-quality and the chef owner, Aki Ito, takes pride in good food with a local twist. Late night specials (served from 5 to 6:30 and after 10:30) include a selection of sushi rolls, with nigiri, udon and a great potato salad for just $14.95.

The Don special (chicken katsudon, tenndon, unadon or oyakodon) comes with udon and salad for just $11.95.

It’s a winner - and one of those hidden secrets we just love to tell you about. Win or lose, it should be a good weekend for food!

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