It's funny, I started this list years ago and for the most part these staples are still around and are still top! So I'm gonna leave the list here. But for the more updated version, which in all fairness I should just copy right here, I'll post a link to my company website here, that has the full gist of the info in nice layout!
Here are a few that I've tried and liked!
Vino - Honolulu
Prima - Kailua
Kalapawai Cafe - Kailua. Expenseive because it has a casual facade, go here, it's really good.
Bangkok Chef - Nu`uanu
Opal Thai - Haleiwa
Crepes No Ka Oe - Kailua
Regal Doughnuts - Airport
Le Bistro - Niu Valley
Giovanni's Shrimp Truck , Kahalu`u. Only get the scampi, it's the best.
Island Snow, Kailua. I prefer mine with ice cream, mochi, and sometimes, a snowcap!
Brasserie du Vin - Downtown. Food is medicore and a bit pricey, but the atmosphere is worth it.
Buzz's - Kailua. Come here for drinks in the afternoon.
Thursday Evening Farmers Market - Kailua
Canlis - Seattle. Amazing. French Foam is the best drink I have ever had.
Via Tribunali - Seattle. Better pizza than Italy.
Lefty's Bar & Grill - Blacksburg
The Motor Company - Colombia
Libby's - Sarasota
The Colombia Inn - Sarasota
Asturias - Hialeah
Tony's Pizza - Palm Springs North
La Maison de Maitre - Nice, France
L'apostrophe - Reims, France