Chiang Mai. Long beloved for its Thai classics based on family recipes, such as spicy curries and stir-fries and sticky rice in woven grass baskets, Chiang Mai is a short cab ride from Waikiki. Some dishes, like the signature Cornish game hen in lemongrass and spices, show how acculturation can create interesting pairings. The cozy space is decorated with Thai fabrics and artwork. 2239 S. King St., Moiliili,
Honolulu, HI, 96826. 808/941–1151. 808chiangmai.com. No lunch weekends.