In 2011, Soul received a Hale Aina award for being one of the best restaurants in Hawaii. After eating there a couple of days ago on a whim, I walked away knowing I would return again.
Chicken and waffles in Hawaii? Believe me. It exists. I was shocked, but more than happy to indulge in chicken and the most amazing waffles, smothered in a buttery maple syrup. I would come back to eat the waffles and to try some of the other dishes, but I will be honest. The chicken was greasy! You might want to take some extra napkins to blot out the oil unless you get lucky and have the perfect fried chicken.
I also had jambalaya, which was full of seafood with the perfect amount of spice. And of course, I've been a sweet tea addict since first trying it almost 10 years ago, so I knew I had to have a glass of it with my meal. It was really great!
If you are in the mood for southern/soul food or if you want to try something a little different, I would recommend trying Soul. It's located at 3040 Waialae Avenue across from City Mill. Parking is tight there and it may be tough to find, so good luck!
I can't say that I know what real southern food tastes like since I have heard that Soul is infused with pacific-rim flavors, but I did enjoy the food. My first experience there has been positive so far and I would like to try the restaurant again.