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Review: Bar 35, Honolulu HI

In 49 states, “Hawaiian pizza” implies pie topped with ham and pineapple. But in Hawaii, a state blessed with deep and varied culture, what other pies stand out? What do the locals eat?

“Veggelicous” – from www.bar35hawaii.com

I found a well-written article about the best pizza on the island of Oahu, and narrowed my choices down to those in Honolulu. Not surprisingly, none are in the tourist-heavy Waikiki area. With three colleagues, I set out for Bar 35 in Downtown Honolulu.

Exterior of Bar 35 on N. Hotel St

Bar 35 in on narrow Hotel Street in the Chinatown district. A narrow front leads into a deep space, with a large bar and dining area in front. Toward the back there are two semi-private rooms with cozy seating and bead curtains. Further back is a large patio area.

On this Thursday evening visit, we opted for one of the back rooms because the main dining area was full with patrons.

Front room

The pizzas, which give a slight nod to Roman-style al taglio pie, come in regular (personal) size and large. We ordered a mix of four personal pizzas to share, each one began with a base of tomato sauce and mozzarella:

  • Veggelicious, with zucchini, olives, mushrooms, basil, and sesame oil
  • Deep Forest, with prosciutto, mushrooms, and EVOO
  • Sweet Bangkok, with Chinese sausage, chili sauce, and cilantro
  • Simple Pleasure, with basil and EVOO

Bar 35, despite its pizza reputation, is bar first and pizzeria second. There was a great variety of “happy hour” (until 9pm) drink bargains, including a wonderful beer selection and $5 drafts. We all drank beer, from a simple Belgian style blonde to a rich bottled stout, and the selections were terrific.

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Source:: Pizza Quixote