James Beard award-winner Roy Yamaguchi began his restaurant empire in Honolulu in the late 1980s, and his Roy’s Waikiki remains a local-dining fixture. While the carte connects with such Hawaiian regional classics as hibachi grilled salmon, the menu’s inventive sushi and fresh fish selections are also a good call. Try the Teppanyaki Seared Sea Scallops. Insider’s information: While most of Roy’s restaurants are owned by corporations, the Hawaiian branches are still locally run, sweetly depriving them of that chain-like feel.
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