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5 Spots for Inventive Takeout

| October 13, 2020 | Food & Drink

There’s nothing more comforting than a well-cooked meal. For those who wish to support local businesses while staying at home, here’s a growing list of restaurants that have been offering a safe alternative to homemade food.

1. Alan Wong’s

Alan Wong boasts a milelong list of culinary awards for his innovative take on hospitality. Enjoy a variety of delights on its weekly updated takeout menu. DIY cocktail kits are also available to order to complete the Alan Wong’s experience at home. Open for pickup Wednesday through Sunday, 4:30 to 7PM. 1857 S. King St., McCully, Honolulu, 949.2526, alanwongs.‌com

2. Il Lupino Trattoria and Wine Bar

Authentic Italian is the name of the game at Il Lupino—founder Wolfgang Zweiner has gone to painstaking lengths to ensure everything on the menu is the real deal. Try delectable options on the classically Italian menu, which is divided into aperitivo, pizze, pasta, insalata, secondi and dolce, such as caprese salad, pizza prosciutto e arugula and pasta Bolognese. Open daily for delivery, takeout and curbside pickup, 10am to 8PM. Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikiki, 922.3400,


3. MW Restaurant

The story behind this lauded resto is part of its charm: The husband-and-wife chef team have been partners in love and cuisine since first meeting in Alan Wong’s kitchen. Treat yourself to the luxurious to-go menu, which is updated daily online. There’s even an afternoon tea for two—to go! Order via phone, email or online. Open for pickup Tuesday through Sunday, 11:30am to 6:30pm. 1538 Kapi‘olani Blvd., Ala Moana/Kapi‘olani, Honolulu, 955.6505,

4. Pai

Named for part of a Hawaiian word meaning “to excite, encourage, inspire, rouse and uplift,” Kevin Lee’s ambitious ingredient-driven resto defies definition. Order ho`o.PAI culinary kits online, to re-create chef Lee’s masterpieces in your own home. (Pro tip: You want to add the optional dessert and charcuterie boards.) Check the website for exact dates and times for pickup. 55 Merchant St., Ste. 110, Downtown Honolulu, 744.2531,

5. Senia

A take on the Greek word and concept of hospitality called xenia, Honolulu’s hottest resto is a collaboration between island chef Chris Kajioka and British chef Anthony Rush, both of Thomas Keller’s Michelin-starred Per Se. The Senia takeaway menu changes weekly and provides dinners for two, four or six. Upgrade to include pastry chef Mimi Mendoza’s pastry boxes. Open for pickup Monday through Saturday, 5:30 to 9:30pm. D’Ascoli Building, 75 N. King St., Chinatown, 200.5412,