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Hamura Saimin, Lihue

2956 Kress Street
Lihue , Hawaii
Tel: 808 245 3271's insider take:

The first thing you will notice about this hole-in-the-wall lunch shop, honored in 2006 by the James Beard Foundation in the America's Classics category, is that it looks like it was designed only for people of short stature. The Menehune-size (Menehune are Hawaii's little people) S-shaped counter seats about two dozen people when the place is packed, which it is most of the time. The much-buzzed-about saimin (homemade ramen noodles served with chives, egg, and fish cake in a homemade soy-based broth) comes fast and cheap (the basic bowl starts at $6). Adding an order of beef or shrimp skewers makes it a more filling meal. Just be prepared for the hunt to find it on Lihue's backstreets, and for very limited parking once you do.—Cathay Che

Open daily 10 am to 10 pm.

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