Yo! Nonstop’s first unofficial crawl

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Sometimes I do things without thinking first. A lot of times, actually. Which is why, after spotlighting my favorite dishes at izakaya around town, I threw out a proposition:

“If you have a fave dish at a place I’ve missed, please comment and let me know. … With enough solid leads, I’m hoping to organize an izakaya pub crawl. What do you think? Are you in?”

Then I sat back and waited. I had a vague image of being guided to hidden places in Waikiki, where people speak of mythical izakaya I’ve never seen because of my Waikiki parking phobia. At last, my quest would be fulfilled.

Instead,

“Anything at Gaku. Great list! We’re in,” wrote russkar.

“Love Gaku. Did you try their fried fish bones? Deelish,” wrote MyongChoi.

“The dried ray at Gaku was good! I’m in for the izakaya pub crawl,” wrote konaish.

“Izakaya crawl/weave? I can dig that,” wrote Annoddah Dave.

Then they sat back and waited.

Now what? All leads pointed at Gaku, also my fave izakaya and one of the most popular in town. So much for my proposition. All that was left was the izakaya crawl part.

In other words, I now had to introduce to new places the people I had hoped would introduce me to new places. And what was I thinking, by the way? Was everybody supposed to show up at one spot, eat and drink and have a good time, then pile into cars and drive to the next spot? Aiyah.

Then one chilly night a friend suggested Imanas-Tei for chanko nabe. We found parking and walked up to find a long line of people shivering outside the doors. No problem, this stretch of King Street just past University has four izakaya within yards of each other. We walked a few steps over to the brand new Izakaya Naru. No open seats.

No problem. We crossed King to Aki no No, where, completely starving, we found a table and gorged on pork ginger and agedashi mochi — and where I hatched my plan.

Tuesday night’s first ever unofficial Nonstop izakaya crawl was a total blast. Anyone who posted or told me they wanted in was there. That’s all it took. Does that not rock? Does it pay to read Nonstop or what? And this was no clique: Except for the couples, no one knew each other, which made it more awesome.

As for my plan? First, Kohnotori, specializing in things grilled on skewers, then a 30-second walk across the 7-Eleven parking lot to review the fusion contemporary Okinawan izakaya Naru with my eight helpful tasters.

Thank you Myong, Melanie, Dave, Russ, Karla, Laurie, Cat and Neil. To get an idea of an unofficial Nonstop izakaya crawl, here are some pics. And if you missed the review of Naru, it’s right here.

P.S. And yes, we did find some great new dishes.

Unofficial Nonstop izakaya crawl

We have the biggest table of the night at Kohnotori, the overlooked, underrated neighbor of fabulously popular Imanas-Tei. Kohnotori specializes in yakitori and other grilled yums, coming right up. And it's the start of the izakaya crawl!

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17 comments
Maxcat
Maxcat

awwww looks like you guys really had fun ... am so jealous (typed as I look out my window at the snow here in NE Ohio) ... also note that it looks like a great bunch of people went on this crawl

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

EO: Not being in focus has been a problem with me. Due to the alcohol content of those drinks. Next Halloween I am dressing up as a pickle! "Tweet" me on the next crawl, it was guud fuud, guud fuun, and guud buuze! Ohh, no tweet, just call, my plan charges for text and I am not on the bird line. Laurie's amazement on her face when she saw my phone was priceless. It was as if she saw a Neanderthal man...matter of fact I am pretty close to that age?

turkfontaine
turkfontaine

all that great food, all those happy people, and Cat flashin' fiddies. it's the good life in HNL.

808marv
808marv

Cool to see the diversity of the group across age groups and nationalities! Good that no one was *literally* crawling too if you know what I mean haha. I gotta give these places a try sometime!

russkar
russkar

More fun than Humans should be allowed to have! Can't wait to do it again.

M
M

Hello Mari!
As always I always get hungry reading and looking at your food reviews. :)

Ynaku
Ynaku

Always fun with friends. There we go again with chicken parts. Too funny you guys.

BTW, that's a peace sign and not a shaka =)

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

As soon as I saw the bacon wrapped enoki, I knew that was "the one" too! And I haven't eaten them yet!

konaish
konaish

@Annoddah_Dave I was just kidding! I used to have a phone like that. And we still use pagers at work. Tthanks for sharing your sake. Hope to see you & Melamie at the next event!

konaish
konaish

@russkar @nonstopmari Can't agree with you more! I had a great time with my fellow adventurous eaters. Thanks for the invite Mari. If you ever do this again, let me know.

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@M :i wd get hungry too w/ all that shopping u do :>

konaish
konaish

@Ynaku Let us know when you're in town. These places were good and it was quiet enough to have a conversation this time :)

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@Ynaku u come to hnl, i'll treat u to heart, gizzards, back, tail, skin...

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@Melissa808 it has good crunch factor too from the mushrooms, which give a poppy crunch, but nothing beats cartilage for crunch factor.