Byron’s Drive In closed for good on Thursday…
The newly relocated Mitsuken opened its doors on Friday! It’s across the old Kalihi Shopping Center (and the big bowling pin) where that Arabian Knights castle looking building used to be. When the School Street location closed up earlier last month, people started to worry. Whew! That was a close call – as we didn’t lose Mitsuken for good.
But if you could bring back eateries from days gone by – what places would you bring back?
KC Drive-In – the original one that was at the corner where Ala Wai boulevard meets Kalakaua Avenue. Just one more time I’d like to park my car in the car-hop area between the KC kitchen/dining room and the 2 story real estate office. The view looking towards the mountain was of the city lights of McCully all the way up to Tantalus. And of course, munching on a waffle dog and french fries.
Washington Saimin – The one that was located next to the House of Photography on King Street, just past Pensacola. I don’t know how good their saimin was because we never ordered it. The order was always the Bul-go-gi plate. It was a little hole-in-the-wall place with wooden booths and a counter where only the owner’s family members sat – stringing bar-b-que meat on washed and reused bar-b-que sticks. But back to the Bul-go-gi plate… After ordering it, they’d first serve a small dish with a scoop of macaroni salad. We used to pour some shoyu on it and sprinkle some paprika (because it was there) and eat that up immediately. Then the dish would come – a mound of rice covered with tender Korean Bar-B-Que meat. I think they used to pound their meat before marinating it which kept it soft and full of flavor. It’s not the kind of place to take a date. It’s where the guys went after a Chinese movie or social.
KDI – (Kailua Drive In) – Another little greasy-spoon place that used to be at the corner of Kihapai and Hoolai streets in Kailua. Once the Kailua Drive In movie theater was built – to avoid confusion – Kailua Drive In the eatery was nicknamed KDI. When I used to work full time at Windward Volkswagen during the summers, before work I’d stop off at KDI. Gladys – the counter girl would recognize my car pulling up and automatically have a cup of coffee ready for me on the counter. The breakfast special that I used to go for was the Portuguese burger. It was a slab of Portuguese sausage – the size of a hamburger patty – fried up and served on a hamburger bun with just some mayo. Talk about Broke da Mout’. Some days – just to mix it up – I’d order a grilled cheese sandwich instead. That was some ono too! And for lunch – their Chopped Steak plate was the best. Not gravy style chopped steak, but teriyaki stir fried on the grill. The caramelized teriyaki sauce stuck on every piece of meat, celery, onions, and carrots.
One more place that I’d like to bring back just so I’d have to chance to go there is The Ranch House in Aina Haina.
If not for the food, then to catch some of the local bands that used to play there. That is, if we could bring back any local bands from before. But that’s for another blog entry…
So if you could bring back any eateries from long ago – which ones would you bring back and why? And share any good memories of the places. Or perhaps just because – like me and the Ranch House – it was some place that you never had the chance to go to.
And don’t forget about the Moms On a Mission benefit featuring LS34 – coming up on April 6, 2013