New(ish) eats: Underdogs Sports Bar & Grill

I had been hearing good things about Underdogs Sports Bar & Grill since they opened at the end of January, but never got around to trying it. For one thing, I wasn’t sure where it was. In fact, that’s probably the biggest obstacle for most people who don’t already frequent the area, so I’m going to show you where it is: click here to see my quick video on how to get there.

KHON’s Olena Heu gave it a thumbs-up and got me, Myong Choi, and Catherine Toth out to try it last week. I noticed that many of the former Alan Wong/Pineapple Room chefs were commenting on my instagrams from Underdogs, and the food seemed a little familiar. As it turns out, one of the owners, Jensen Hirota, used to work at Alan Wong’s, and was one of the partners at Kanpai … he stayed with the restaurant even after the other guys left to start Home Bar & Grill. Here’s what we ate and some of what we drank; I think it’s safe to say we gave it a thumbs-up, too.


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If you're not familiar with the area, Underdogs might be hard to find. It's on Waiakamilo next to Saveco, which is next to Fujiya Mochi. And if you go at night, you can park in either lot, since Saveco and Fujiya close early. Still not familiar? Underdogs used to be a hostess bar called Lao Star; prior to that it was a series of hostess bars (I only remember as far back as Club Chantelle). For some reason, when I mention these names, men say, "Oh, I know where that is, now! Not that I've been there."

Underdogs Sports Bar & Grill
508 Waiakamilo Rd.

Cat also blogged about it! Click here to check out her blog on it, with her impressions.