12th Avenue Grill. Until October 2013, it was hard to get a table at this popular contemporary American spot—that's when it moved down the street to larger, airier digs with a big bar serving handcrafted cocktails. Now you have a better chance of trying chef Jason Schoonover's locavore, seasonal food. Bright flavors in sometimes surprising combinations mark dishes like kampachi sashimi dusted with coriander and lime and served with serrano chimichurri, and grilled
chicken marinated in ginger, tarragon, honey, and mustard. The specials are always excellent, and the passion-fruit mochi cake with vanilla-ginger syrup is one of the best desserts in town. 1120 12th Ave., Kaimuki, Honolulu, HI, 96816. 808/732–9469. 12thavegrill.com. No lunch.