Side Street Inn (Honolulu)
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Asked about his favorite place to eat, Kim reveals his inner foodie, rattling off a half-dozen haunts he loves for a variety of cuisines. But he didn't hesitate when it came to his top pick for Hawaiian food, which he says has become a fantastic mash-up of Asian, American, and some European influences. "There's a great place called Side Street Inn, where most of the chefs on Honolulu go when their restaurants close down," Kim says. "It serves this noodle dish there that's a personal favorite, a Japanese yakisoba, which is a fried noodle, but it's got kimchi in it, and they'll add some meats and things, and it's so, so good. It's this kind of cuisine that's all its own."