Martha Cheng

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Martha Cheng is a food and culture writer for local and national publications including The Washington Post and Conde Nast Traveler. More than a decade ago, she came to Honolulu and made poke almost every day for a year as a line cook. She was born in San Francisco, but really prefers surfing in Hawaii.

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Maguro Brothers

Maguro Brothers makes poke that highlights the freshest fish.

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Helena's Hawaiian Food

Helena's is a busy spot in Kalihi, but the Hawaiian food is our favorite on the island and worth the wait.

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Yama's Fish Market

Yama's is a takeout-only spot in Moiliili that highlights local food like Puerto Rican pastele and kalua pig.

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Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery

Pipeline Bakeshop in Kaimuki might be a newer spot, but their fluffy malasadas have become an instant favorite.

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Fort Ruger Market

Fort Ruger Market is where you can eat poke bowls topped with not just fish, but also crispy-skinned lechon.

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Nature is a cozy French-Japanese restaurant in Waikiki.

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Fete is a Brooklyn-meets-Hawai'i-meets-French bistro in Chinatown that's perfect for date night.