Something new: Dean & Deluca’s first Hawaii store

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Dean & Deluca Waikiki General Manager Luke Blubaugh.

Dean & Deluca Waikiki General Manager Luke Blubaugh.

That’s right, at noon today, the long-awaited gourmet food chain Dean & Deluca will open its first Hawaii location at the Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki. This will be their 11th store in the U.S. and 17th worldwide.

dsc06175Foodies around the world know about the casual-chic store, which originated in New York City’s SoHo district in 1977. They feature specialty ingredients for cooking, epicurean treats for snacks and entertainment, and elevated ready-to-eat deli choices. The Waikiki store is an abbreviated version of their usual blueprint, but you still get a good taste of what they have to offer.

Hawaii products take center stage at the Waikiki store. The extensive deli case on the right offers gourmet salads and hot entrees.

Hawaii products take center stage at the Waikiki store. The extensive deli case on the right offers gourmet salads and hot entrees by the pound.

You can get coffee and pastries on one side of the first floor, with a deli and a boutique of Hawaii products as well as their private-label items.

dsc06177dsc06178dsc06182dsc06174dsc06154You definitely want to go to Waikiki for the unique, Hawaii-branded bags.

dsc06151 dsc06152 dsc06153If you just want something quick, they have lunch boxes at about $10 each and fresh cut fruit — perfect for lunching on the beach. I’m just showing beers here, but they also have a variety of upscale soft drinks.

Upstairs, they have a wine lounge, with cheese and charcuterie to purchase for home use, or to eat there. The Sweet Land Farm goat cheese from Hawaii is (for now) exclusive to the Waikiki location.

dsc06157 dsc06158 dsc06161 dsc06162 dsc06169They also have a nice selection of gourmet panini, about $15 to $16 each.  (I didn’t include photos of those as they were cut into sample sizes for us.)

Dinner possibilities: Turkey meatloaf, potatoes and broccolini from the Dean & Deluca deli case.

Dinner possibilities: Turkey meatloaf, potatoes and broccolini from the Dean & Deluca deli case.

The menus are still morphing a little as they get used to the production flow and customer demand, but overall this will add unique flavor to the hustle and bustle of Waikiki.

Dean & Deluca
Ritz Carlton Residences Waikiki
383 Kalaimoku St.
Open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.