Food Finds: Downtown


There's something new cooking in the Kaka‘ako (kah-kah-ah-ko) kitchen previously occupied by The Whole Ox Deli. For the next few months (the space will be redeveloped in early 2014) the laid-back hotspot will be whipping up elevated Mexican street food-inspired dishes.

The chefs cooking up a new recipe for success are James Beard Award semifinalist Quinten Frye and Danny Kaaialii, both previously from Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar. We can't stop dishing about their made-fresh-daily aqua fresco, fish tacos and headcheese carnitas tacos, which will be on your mind for days. And if you've worked up an appetite exploring O‘ahu, Michael O. recommends their Tortaguesa Burger - be sure to get it with the easy over egg for an extra decadent eggy icing on the cake.

With their limited hours you should plan ahead to work in a meal at this Downtown O‘ahu eatery. Cocina is open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for dinner Wednesday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Arrive early to snag a seat at their indoor/outdoor seating area. You'll need lots of room so you can spread out and share Cocina's small plates - from the made-in-house tortillas and telera bread and salsas all incorporating the very best Hawai‘i-grown ingredients. We've dubbed it muy delicioso!


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