And honestly, this is why we love it. It's on the edge, but just enough to make it unpretentious, artsy, and a mecca for creative culture.
And as for connection, the business owners in the area have an almost familial connection, and for the people that visit these merchants, it is easy to feel the connection to them and their product.
I recently sat down with Dusty Grable, co-owner of Lucky Belly, located on Hotel Street and was not surprised that our conversation centered around this very thing. The connection that happens through food and drink.
Lucky Belly is a spectacular combination of Asian influenced dishes with a definite local flare and is riddled with both Jesse and Dusty's determination to do things in their own style. The result is a comfortable, modern-rustic place, that is putting out some seriously sexy food, centered around the concept of hospitality found by sharing a meal.
|The Lucky Bowl|
Among their amazing appetizers, salads, special plates and their signature ramen, are my favorites and the items I order over and over again:
the amazing Pork Belly Bao,
their seriously sexy Shrimp Gyoza with edamame avocado puree and ponzu,
the best Beet and Spicy Greens salad anywhere
and of course, their giant Lucky Bowl.
|Beet and Spicy Greens Salad with goat cheese, candied pumpkin seeds and pomegranate dressing|
|A new menu item - Scallop Risotto in a cone sushi shell|
But if for some reason you need a non-alcoholic beverage, the Chinatown Swizzle will make you feel like you've got the real deal in your hand. It's made with galangal, kaffir lime, lemongrass, drinking vinegar and coconut juice.
|The Chinatown Swizzle|
The moral of the story?
Chinatown, with all of it's whackiness, is home to places like this; where great food is taken seriously, but not too seriously and where the most important factor is connecting to the place, the food and the people you are with. Take it from all of us, who's bellies are lucky on a regular basis, Lucky Belly needs to be your new favorite spot and Chinatown needs to be on your list of places to visit on Oahu.
Are you a believer in connection?
What are some of your memories that center around food and drink?
Cheers to places like Lucky Belly and blogs like this where we can share in a meal, a cocktail and an experience!
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