Hawaii’s Best Kitchens’ feast has 14 eateries for $50

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Hawaii's Best Kitchens, the local Instagram account that reposts gorgeous food photos, reached a milestone 100,000 followers and is throwing a party to celebrate. The Best of Hawaii's Best Kitchens will feature dishes by 14 winning restaurants at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki this Saturday, and here's the thing — tickets to the graze-around feast are $49.50.

"We wanted to keep it affordable so anybody could come," says Darrell Chock, the digital marketer who started @HawaiisBestKitchens in 2014. The idea was to help spread the word about eateries in Hawaii, from food trucks and mom-and-pop hole-in-the-walls to big chain restaurants. Followers who tag or hashtag #hawaiisbestkitchens on their Instagram posts have a shot at getting their food pics reposted by Chock. Hawaii's Best Kitchens has now been tagged over 92,000 times.

For the 100,000-follower mark, Chock Instagrammed a flyer announcing a contest for best restaurant in 20-plus categories. Followers voted for their favorites in the comments.

And that's whose food is being featured this Saturday: dishes from 14 of the winning restaurants in categories ranging from Best Burger to Best Desserts to Best New Restaurant. General admission starts from 7 p.m. and costs $49.50. VIP tickets are $85 and include early admission from 6 p.m., VIP seating, complimentary cocktail and gift bag.

Saint Archer, the craft brewer from San Diego, will have its award-winning Saint Archer IPA, White Ale and Blonde Ale for purchase, as well as Miller Lite, and there'll be samples of Ciroc French Vanilla.

Here's the food you'll eat:

BEST ITALIAN: Arancino Ristorante Italiano
Rigatoni all' Amatriciana (chosen by Buzzfeed as a top 30 must-try pasta in the US)

BEST BURGERS: Burgers & Things
Doe a deer burger (winner of the world's best burger competition)

BEST KOREAN: DB Grill
Braised beef belly kalbi style with tempura kimchi and cucumber kimchi

BEST STEAK: d.k. Steak House
Classically aged King natural rib eye steak with seafood bearnaise

BEST NEW RESTAURANT (tied): Herringbone Waikiki
Oysters on the half shell

BEST NEW RESTAURANT (tied): Stripsteak Waikiki
Lobster tacos

BEST CHINESE: Yauatcha Waikiki
Venison puffs

BEST PLATE LUNCH: Honolulu Kitchen
Deep fried manapuas (crab cream cheese, spinach mozzarella, chocolate fountain, lilikoi, Oreo, custard)

BEST JAPANESE: Izakaya Kei
Yakibuta tamagomeshi

BEST SEAFOOD: Karai Crab
Cioppino and shrimp

BEST THAI: Maile's Thai Bistro
Thai loco moco with pork, sticky rice and eggs (2017 Rice Fest Riceipe contest winner)

BEST DESSERTS: MW Restaurant
Hawaiian Crown pina colada shave ice

BEST HAWAIIAN: Young's Fish Market
Laulau with chili pepper water

BEST FOOD COURT: The Street, a Michael Mina Social House
Kai Poke's spicy aloha ahi poke

The Best of Hawaii's Best Kitchens
Saturday, Sept. 30
7 p.m.-10 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Waikiki
2424 Kalakaua Ave.
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