Cooke Street Market: A lunchtime hot spot in Kakaako

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Kakaako is full of good eats, but Cooke Street Market has been a lunchtime hot spot since it opened three years ago. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson went to investigate what keeps the regulars coming back for more.

Scott Mcintyre comes for the poke. “It’s nutritious and delicious,” he says. He’s been a customer at Cooke Street Market for years and says sometimes he’ll eat there several times a week. “It’s a sure bet. I know what I’m gonna get, and it’s always gonna be good.”

Even visitors keep coming back to Cooke Street Market! “Every time I’m in Hawaii, I come here to eat,” one customer visiting from Canada said. “I usually get the surf and turf. It’s so fresh!” While he’s been in town this week, he’s already been to the market four times. “It’s pretty good,” he laughs. “I’m a regular!”

A lot of people were ordering The Surf and Turf, which is poke and your choice of chicken or sirloin. That’s what customer Brian McCloskey was having for lunch.  “Portion sizes are phenomenal. For the price you get, it’s unbeatable,” McCloskey says. His normal go-to order? Either the hurricane or habanero poke.

Cooke Street Market also offers acai bowls. What sets them apart from the rest? The fact that there’s kale and roasted matcha directly from Kyoto inside! You’ll also find coffee from North Shore Coffee Roasters, housemade lemonades, fresh brewed boba teas, and Uncle’s Ice Cream. Cooke Street Market has been working with Uncle’s Ice Cream since the beginning, and now there are two ice cream cookie sandwich flavors exclusive to the market: Hojicha, roasted green tea on sugar cookies, and matcha, green tea with fudge pieces.

Store hours at Cooke Street Market are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Its kitchen is open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cooke Street Market
725 Kapiolani Boulevard C122
Honolulu, HI 96813

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