If You Could Bring Back Any Eateries…

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

170 Responses to “If You Could Bring Back Any Eateries…”

  1. hawaiian by heart says:

    @Rodney wow K.C drive-in. You bruddahs are older then I was at that time but I do remember da waffle dogs Yummm.

    King Bakery they also had ono pies.

  2. nalo says:

    Sei’s family restaurant

  3. DIO says:

    sorta OT: If anyone here is a fan of Sam Choy’s Breakfast, Lunch & Crab, over on Nimitz Hwy in Honolulu, you’d better go there quick, ’cause the news has reported the restaurant will close on March 31.

  4. dihudfan says:

    @rod… that Arabian Knights castle where Mitsuken moved into… when first built, was Knight’s Inn, which folded up in a couple of years and was taken over by someone else, don’t remembah what was aftah…

  5. khs68 says:

    Queen’s Surf Restaurant. My first introduction to a buffet style restaurant. I was amazed at all the food and loved the green olives. I was 5 years old and never had a green olive. It was sooo good. 😯

  6. dihudfan says:

    Prize bakery in Kalihi Shopping Center… monkey bread… winnahs!!

    Waikiki Sands… buffet place of old days…
    I think had one next to King’s theater…

    Farrington Inn… across the street from Farrington High School… cheap and ono!!!

  7. Mark'75 says:

    O&S Saimin in Aiea. In the late ’90s, it was our go-to place for saimin. Unfortunately, the father of the family run business passed away and soon after, they sold it. The mom was so nice and always gave our little daughter andagi.

  8. 4G says:

    @LK – I’m not certain that Bob’s Mapunapuna is closed, but it certainly looked that way driving past it on the freeway several weeks back ….

  9. LINDA KATO says:

    Good afternoon MLCers ❗ Happy Wednesday ❗ 😀

    Have a great day ❗ 😀

    @ct: Nice to hear from you ❗ 😀

    I love it when Rod’s topic is about food or music, lots of you come out of hiding to post a memory ❗ 😀

  10. LINDA KATO says:

    4G: I didn’t know the Bob’s Big Boy in Mapunapuna was closed. Always wanted to go there but never got around to it.

  11. Masako says:

    Toyos superette
    Sweet thoughts
    Coffee Manoa
    KC Drive inn

    All Manoa establishments of my childhood………

  12. M says:

    Guud morning MLCers 🙂

  13. Mark'75 says:

    @ct: Howzit! I liked Horatio’s too. Audy Kimura was cool, he’d talk story with anyone during his breaks. Nice guy.

  14. ct says:

    Someone brought this up earlier, Dairyu on King Street

  15. ct says:

    @M – I remember that snack place by the bandstand, it used to have huge almond cookies for 5 cents too …

  16. ct says:

    oooops I think that’s supposed to be fudgesicle

  17. ct says:

    Tropic Bakery – Butter rolls, fudgecicle , cheeseburgers

  18. ct says:

    Kwong On – Manapua as someone mentioned earlier. But also lemon peel

  19. ct says:

    Ed & Don’s – peppermint ice cream

  20. ct says:

    Alex Drive Inn – Orange Freeze … brain freeze

  21. ct says:

    Horatio’s – Audy Kimura

  22. ct says:

    Territorial Tavern – does this qualify ?? Booga Booga … Olomana

  23. ct says:

    Chuck’s Manoa – George Street played there

  24. ct says:

    Kojak’s – Many groups … Toma Natto … Andy Bumatai

  25. ct says:

    Spindrifter – Music Magic and Kamikaze’s

  26. ct says:

    @Rodney – Ranch House … Country LIvin’ used to play there

  27. ct says:

    @Mark’75 – Ted’s wuz ono too …

  28. ct says:

    Chunky’s teri beef plate with fries

  29. ct says:

    One of aunties worked at the Yum Yum Tree at Kahala … ono ono pies and another auntie worked at Canlis …

  30. ct says:

    As yes Washington saimin … da coke fiends … that coke in da bottles … made with pure Hawaiian cane sugar … had da “bite” going down.

  31. ct says:

    And yes … The Third Floor … naan bread made in an authentic tundoori oven … great place to dine … and work

  32. ct says:

    Howzit … hope everyone is good …

    I guess I am a little biased … because I worked there so I am glad you folks mentioned Little George’s. Da Bankok shrimp and scallops to da oysters rockefeller to turtle steak (I know … but wuz ono) in addition to clams and oysters on the half shell along with the live Maine lobster …

  33. Mark'75 says:

    @4G: Compadres! I remember they served six assorted bottles of Mexican beer in a small galvanized bucket full of ice. Was good….but soon after that, had EMERGENCY! Guess I learned the hard way about not drinking the water, that’s what they must use to brew beer in Mexico :LOL:

  34. Mark'75 says:

    @Mike in Waipio: Unfortunately, Pee Wee is gone. It’s a Subway now.

  35. Mark'75 says:

    @dihudfan: Plate lunch for LESS than a dollar? WOW ❗

  36. dihudfan says:

    @blast from the past… my elementary school friend’s family owned and operated Naka Okazu… good food…

  37. Rodney says:

    @Kevin – Welcome and thank you for posting! We used to go the Bronco’s on Colburn (behind Jolly Rogers) with the Advertiser sales gang. Good food. Loud karaoke. lol.

  38. 4G says:

    @LK – ;). Re: Bob’s Big Boy; I remember that location! Looks like the one in Mapunapuna is shuttered for good, too. Seems like they never could really fully recover from that fire. Its menu sort of evolved away from the “franchise” over the years, but I miss that local incarnation of Big Boy, too!

  39. LINDA KATO says:

    Good afternoon/evening MLCers ❗ 😀

    Have a great day ❗ 😀

    I miss Big Boy’s located at Harbor Square. Hubby and I used to lunch there a lot. Loved their chowder.

  40. LINDA KATO says:

    4G: What a memory ❗ I recall many of the places you listed and tried many of those places ❗ 😀

    Thanks for sharing ❗ 😀

  41. Kevin says:

    Add Denny’s and Banditos Cantina, at the Pearlridge Shopping Center to the list of restaurants that should come back. I remember when this area was called Phase 3, with a small movie theater complex in th e middle. Most recently, Byron’s Drive In on N. Nimitz Hwy. near the airport had closed down. That is so sad ! I remember Kelly’s Drive In where the Harley Davidson motorcycle company is right now. Going into the dark and rowdy Bronco bar just to use the restroom. There is a “Cafe Bronco” bar in Kalihi, on Colburn Street. The 2 closest things that exist today, which reminds me of Bronco Bar, is The Hideaway Bar and Irish Rose Saloon (the old Pink Cadillac nightclub) in Waikiki next to the 7-11 store on Dudoit Lane and/or Ena Road.

  42. Mike in Waipio says:

    @DIO: Yes, that’s it — Pee Wee at King and Punahou. Thanks for jogging my memory — dementia keeps creeping in. And I would’ve responded sooner but I don’t stay on line very long; so I didn’t see your post until Tuesday afternoon.

  43. Blast From The Past says:

    Naka’s Okazuya in Kalihi (on King Street)

  44. Blast From The Past says:

    Pioneer Chicken – Crispy but Greasy

  45. khs68 says:

    The Maile Room at the Kahala Hilton – after prom dining.

  46. dihudfan says:

    @Mark’75… original Diner’s in Kalihi… plate lunches sold for lest than a $1…

  47. M says:

    Red Rooster Chop Suey

  48. Mark'75 says:

    Diner’s Drive In on Keeaumoku. Two hamburgers, deluxe saimin(with the slice teriyaki), and a large green river.

  49. Mark'75 says:

    @KAN: Thanks, good to know Hungry Ear is still there. Must go next time.

  50. dihudfan says:

    our office would order from Masu’s Massive almost every Saturday… good specials and quantity, quantity… even worked with owner’s nephew sports editor…

  51. dihudfan says:

    Jet Drive Inn… only place open (except Kelly’s which cost more) after pau work at Libby’s late nite shift, only went to Kelly’s on pay day…

    Mark’75… Ted’s was winnahs!!

  52. M says:

    Granny K’s

  53. KAN says:

    @mark’75 – Hungry Ear is still there. We visited the last time we were home and walked out with a great stash of music.

  54. M says:

    Torii’s Lunch Room

  55. M says:

    Hale Nanea, another restaurant from Masako’s family.

  56. M says:

    Canlis Restaurant

  57. TwoFish says:

    -Beau Soleil
    -Original Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor
    -Hackfeld’s in Liberty House
    -Easter Seal’s Taste of Honolulu!

  58. TwoFish says:

    -Kelly’s Coffee & Pastry on Nimitz. Used to eat fried chicken there.
    -Brent’s Deli
    -Gee A Deli
    -Detroit Deli
    -Bernard’s NY Deli
    -Bobby McGees Conglomeration
    -Volcano Joes (By Atherton Y)
    -Yum Yum Restaurant (thai & chinese) downtown just above Aloha Salads
    -Liliha Pho & Grill
    -Red Baron’s Pizza in Kamehameha SC
    -Orange Julius
    -Bakery Kapiolani
    -Kafe Europa
    -Wo Fat (went there for intermediate school excursion too)
    -Restaurant on first floor of Alexander Young Hotel (Napoleon’s or something like that)
    -TGI Fridays by Thomas Square
    -Mr. Lee’s store in Liliha where you could buy his roast pork or char siu.

  59. M says:

    There was a concession near the old Kapiolani Band Stand called Rosie’s, Hamburger Steak was .75 and a can drink for .25, I’ll go paipo boarding at walls and for a buck get lunch.

  60. moWS says:

    Jumbo’s Fried Min or Fried Rice
    Shiro’s at Aiea bowling alley
    Pearlridge International Kitchen food court
    Church’s Fried Chicken from the 1980’s
    Godfather’s Deep Dish Pizza with anchovies
    Waiau Fish Market in Stadium Mall

  61. Rodney says:

    @Kage – Let me guess; you grew up in Wahiawa. 😉

  62. Rodney says:

    @Mark’75 – Ted’s across the Humane Society. I remember their bul-go-gi/kim-chee burgers. Messy as heck but oh so ono!

    And Shari’s – Home of the dollar plate lunch. Had one in Kailua Shopping Center. When we were intermediate school surf rats, during the summer after a morning session – we’d jump on our 10-speeds and head over to Shari’s for not 1, but 2 dollar plate lunches. Then cruise at my friends house under the coconut trees for a few hours, then back to the beach for a late afternoon session. * sigh * The good ol’ days…

  63. Kage says:

    Good Morning.

    Big Way Burger in Wahiawa.
    Maroney’s Pizza in Wahiawa.
    Shan’s Bakery in Wahiawa.
    Do we see a theme here? 🙂

    M’s Bakery in Wahiawa.

  64. Masako says:

    @4G I think the sushi place was called Toku’s. It was the first conveyor belt sushi place. I also miss Chicken Alice, tried to make the recipe but doesnt come out.

  65. M says:

    Ebisu Catering Service

  66. M says:

    Honda Delicatessen

  67. NaPueo says:

    Masu’s Massive Plate Lunch.

  68. M says:

    Guud morning MLCers!

  69. Mark'75 says:

    Talking about affordable…Shari’s! Home of the dollar plate lunch. In Market City.

  70. Mark'75 says:

    Ted’s Drive In across Humane Society. They had good Korean plate lunches that a high school kid could afford.

  71. Mark'75 says:

    @Rodney: Oh, I miss Kuulei Delicatessen. The okazu was great, and after that, used to go to Hungry Ear and look for rare records.

  72. Mark'75 says:

    Hung Kung in the Kaimuki municipal parking lot was a popular two-story Chinese Restaurant. I remember parties and banquets there.

  73. Rodney says:

    In Kailua:
    o Perrys Pizza
    o Bread of Life
    o Princess Chop Suey
    o Lanikai Chop Suey
    o Ching Lee Chop Suey
    o Pizza Petes
    o Kuulei Delicatessen
    o Andys Drive In
    o Quickies
    o Jeans Bakery
    o Craigs Bakery
    o Four Star Chopy Suey
    o Kuulei Malt Shop
    o The Little Chef
    o Rob Roys
    o KDI
    o Florences
    o A & W Rootbeer

  74. volleymom2 says:

    Dairyu- they made the best yakisoba
    Shakeys pizza in Aiea (across Sumida watercress farm)
    Kengo’s- loved the buffet
    Lily Koi’s (Westridge)- good food

  75. khs68 says:

    Karen’s Yakiniku on Kapiolani (makai side) of the block where Sherman paint store (we cover the world) used to be? I think it was the first yakiniku restaurant because of the long lines of people waiting to get in. First time in Honolulu where you pay to cook your own food. Huh? Now there’s choke korean yakiniku places where you cook your own and come out smelling like bbq.

    If you don’t want to cook your own and smell all stink, try 6-7-8 korean restaurant on Kapiolani across the side street of Club Rock-za. They cook the meat for you on the table. The waiters are cute. hehehe.

  76. Rodney says:

    @khs68 – I haven’t the foggiest idea of what you’re talking about. :mrgreen:

  77. Rodney says:

    The Third Floor right above The Point After. Never had a chance to go there. (The Third Floor, that is).

  78. Rodney says:

    Ships Tavern – Moana Surfrider Hotel. Another prom dinner place.

  79. Rodney says:

    Black Angus Restaurant behind the International Marketplace in Waikiki. Went there for prom dinner.

  80. khs68 says:

    Okay, speaking of Korean places — Arirang BEFORE it made “you know who” famous. It was the first Korean restaurant in the McCully – Koreamoku area. Everyone used to go there for the mundoo kook soo soup. I remember going there for lunch with my mom and her friends. Then waaaay later, heard about it turning into a bar with live “you know what”. Snickering… 😉

  81. Rodney says:

    JUMBOS in Mapunapuna – fried noodles with teri chicken!

  82. Rodney says:

    Uptown Fountain on School Street. I had the pleasure of eating there once before they closed.

  83. Rodney says:

    I remember Kenny’s Burgerhouse used to have a large sized french fries – served in one of those “boat” trays that hot dogs used to come served on. I could never get enough french fries until I had the Kenny’s large fries. Couldn’t finish it!

  84. khs68 says:

    @Rod: there was a Flamingo’s take-out/bento place on Piikoi and Kinau, but I heard it closed recently before I had a chance to check it out. They had the two crust banana pie.

  85. Rodney says:

    Oh, oh, oh! In Sam Korean restaurant in Kailua. One of the first authentic Korean restaurants back in the 70’s. Bi-Bim kook-soo with a side order of Kal-bi. Whew! Eat ’til you sleep!

  86. Rodney says:

    @skibunz – Tanoue’s. We used to go there after JA meetings at Kahala YMCA.

  87. Rodney says:

    F.Y.I. – Mitsuba’s is closed on Mondays (Sundays too). We tried to go today (along with choke other people). Plan B was Pongo’s.

  88. Rodney says:

    @Mike in Waipio – there is also a Flamingo’s counter that recently opened up in the 99 Ranch food court in Mapunapuna. My co-worker said the portions were small. Very small. Maybe they need to work out the kinks…

  89. Rodney says:

    @Yoshi – Hana Broasted Chicken on Shridan Street. Passed it many times but never did eat there.

  90. Rodney says:

    Blast From The Past
    March 4th, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    The open air Foremost restaurant at the corner of Beretania and Keeaumoku. Served hamburgers with grilled buns. Their sundaes were always refreshing.

    Welcome Blast From The Past! Thanks for joining in and sharing your memories with us!

    I didn’t know Foremost had a restaurant there. I just remember their ice cream plant being there. However, khs68 remembers it!

  91. khs68 says:

    One of my friends worked at Bill’s. We’d pick her up after closing and she’d bring the left over pastries. Definitely good butter rolls.

  92. dihudfan says:

    Little George’s… classy place to eat…

    Star Burger (automated hamburgers)… across the termite palace

  93. sally says:

    Bill’s Bakery… for all Kapahulu Kidz. I loved their Cinammon Bread. We also always got our butter rolls from them for our potlucks.

    My all-time BBB fave was their Chocolate Cake. The frosting was more like almost a shell-like consistency, not so creamy or dobashy.

  94. khs68 says:

    @fishhead: I looked it up in the Library of Congress. The chinese restaurant before On-On was Asian Garden. Does that sound familiar?

  95. khs68 says:

    @fishhead: I can only remember when it was Ara’s Coffee Shop which was the original restaurant at that spot in the early 60’s. I know in the late 70’s it was a Japanese restaurant. Then it went Chinese I guess in the 80’s.

  96. Yoshi says:

    I miss Hana Broasted chicken and Jolly Rogers Suzi-Q and Chili

  97. fishhead says:

    Hi khs68, since you grown up in McCully that chinese restaurant before On On use to have the tastest orange glazed spareribs. I forgot the name.

  98. khs68 says:

    @fishhead: we eat at Jack’s all the time — couple of blocks away and I too lazy to cook breakfast. Pancakes and fried rice are good. Saw Bob Kekaula there couple of weeks ago so must be good.

  99. khs68 says:

    Hi fishhead!!

  100. fishhead says:

    has anyone ever are at Jack’s coffee shop in Aina Haina? I heard it’s pretty good. Joe Moore’s favorite.

  101. fishhead says:

    Bill’s bakery in kapahulu-custard pie.
    Capital drive inn where Kaimuki Toyota- roast pork sand w/orange freeze.
    HeeHing chop suey the pink corner building.
    tasty freeze ice cream truck playing music in the neighborhood.
    Popo’s malasadas on Nimitz.
    Pottery steak house in Kaimuki.
    Waialae movie drive in/parking last row. oops we talking food.

  102. khs68 says:

    Once Washington Saimin was gone, there was no saimin stand in the McCully neighborhood. There were restaurants that served saimin. The old time saimin stands served saimin, won ton min, cone sushi and bbq sticks on a hibachi. That’s it. If they served anything else, then that’s a restaurant with saimin on the menu.

    I heard Kinau Saimin closed, too. I remember that place growing up when Kinau Street was two-ways.

  103. hemajang says:

    Tenney Tavern was next to the Ewa Plantation gym. Place burned down around 1980, think it was a stove fire, so sad. Had ono food, pork cutlet was a favorite along with the hamburger steak. Loved their lemon meringue pie. There were booths along one side and old fashion soda fountain on the other where you could order green river, banana splits, ice cream floats or coke with squirt of cherry, vanilla or chocolate. Went to summer fun at the gym in 50’s and hanging out at the Tavern were fond memories.

  104. dihudfan says:

    @khs68… I remembah the original Washington Saimin stand, after they move down by McKinley, had different owners…

    I think I didn’t spell the Japanese resturant, not Masamashi, but Maesamashi… original was on corner of River and Kukui, than later moved to Kona St… original light fluffy shrimp tempura…

    Diners… egg burger and fried half chicken… winnahs

    Kenny’s Drive Inn… original home of teribeef sandwich, Suzy Qs, slush floats…

  105. dihudfan says:

    Dog House owners first started on the top of The Honolulu Advertiser roof top resturant… decent food, but they couldn’t make money there, not enough traffic…
    Alex’s Drive Inn… was good…
    Flamingo’s original next to Honolulu Iron Works… good food…
    Flamingo’s Chuck Wagon… plenty food…

  106. DIO says:

    You mean, Pee Wee Drive In?

  107. Mike in Waipio says:

    (1) Back in the 70s, my two favorite spots for dinner dates were Hy’s Steak House and Yacht Harbor Restaurant. Hy’s is still there but I miss the scallops at Yacht Harbor.
    (2) @Blast From The Past: there’s still a Flamingo restaurant on Kamehameha (across from Zippy’s) in Pearl City near Leeward Bowl. And my friends and I used to drink at the Kapiolani Flamingo when there used to be a 76 service station where Jack-in-the-Box is. One of my friends worked at the station and some of the waitresses parked their cars there. So my friend would get good pupus from Nancy.
    (3) @Rodney: I remember the Dog House on Kapahulu. At one time they had 5 tacos for a dollar. Between classes at UH Manoa, my friend and I would each get 10/15 tacos and grind at Kapiolani park.
    (4) On the mauka-DH corner of King and Punahou, there’s a small drive in (still there but different management) that used to have a great mahimahi sandwich.
    (5) Nearby on King was Dairyu noodles. My wife and I would go there often for cold noodles or mabo tofu. After they closed, there was another Dairyu elsewhere but the food wasn’t the same.

  108. khs68 says:

    The Summit at the top of the Ala Moana Hotel. Always had the cherries jubilee and escargot.

  109. khs68 says:

    Spindrifter in Kahala Mall. Good food, drinks and live music Fridays & Saturdays.

  110. khs68 says:

    Victoria Station – Restaurant in a red train car that served prime rib and salad bar. It was on Kapiolani Blvd, across from Kapiolani Theater (makai) or maybe the next block?

  111. khs68 says:

    Me three – Yum Yum Tree. I used to go to the one at Kahala Mall to buy English Toffee Pie. Sooooo ono.

    Second on Bobby McGee’s. Love the salad bar in a bathtub.

  112. KAN says:

    I’ll second NaPueo’s nomination of Yum Yum Tree. My gang used to go the one in Kailua regularly.

    I’ll add Bobby McGee’s. I had my first daiquiri there. I think I tried escargot there for first time there too.

  113. NaPueo says:

    Yum Yum Tree
    They had tasty pies.

  114. NaPueo says:

    I forget what we concluded on that burger joint that used to be in Market City – the one with the running hamburgers it its sign – did we say that was Burgerland? Anyway – I don’t think I ever ate there, but I thought the sign was pretty cool! LOL.

    First it was Wiki Burger. At one point it was W & M. I forget what it was at other times.

  115. Blast From The Past says:

    Used to patronize the Flamingo’s restaurant on Kapiolani next to Jack-in-the-Box. After 9:00 pm, turned into a bar. The fried chicken wings came out hot and crispy. Used to add pepper and dip into ketchup. The mac salad also was winnahs. Our waitress was either Helen or Irene. Would order our beer by the pitcher.

  116. 4G says:

    I had forgotten about some of these places. @Masako – I totally forgot about Wisteria! That was a good, reasonable place for Japanese food. Oh – Kengo’s was pretty good, too!

    @M – Jolly Roger – I also miss Kenny’s Burgerhouse. I miss the Suzy-Q and strawberry slush floats.

    I’m glad the old Boulevard Saimin is still open as Dillingham Saimin. For some reason, I prefer it over Tanaka Saimin.

    I miss Coco’s because of its location and iconic “diamonds” flashing on the top of the building. I think I used to think that that was Diamond Head, at one point. LOL. I miss La Ronde because of the view. I remember going there a few times in the last years of its existence. I guess the mechanism that caused it to rotate had worn – it was a bit jerky . . . . I guess I should try to make it to the Top of Waikiki at some point – I’ve never been there.

    I miss Chicken Alice’s chicken. That was sooo good! I also miss Masu’s (massive plate lunch) when they were on Makaloa street. There was a good sushi place on Makaloa, too, but the name escapes me.  What was the name of that place? I never made it to Masu’s when they moved to Liliha, but I wish that location was still open, too – it would be pretty convenient based on where I am living now.

    The original KC Drive In. Carhops. Waffle hot dogs (how come those offerings by the various “vendors” these days just don’t seem cut it?) and Ono Ono Shakes. Mmmmm.

    Kuhio Grill – only went there once, but I’m glad that I had that chance.

    China House – they had pretty good dim sum for lunch.

    McCully Chop Suey – for nostalgia’s sake.

    I forget what we concluded on that burger joint that used to be in Market City – the one with the running hamburgers it its sign – did we say that was Burgerland? Anyway – I don’t think I ever ate there, but I thought the sign was pretty cool! LOL.

    Compadres – I’m not really all that into Mexican food, but it was a pretty good option for lunch.

    I really do miss Andrew’s . . . . I remember having many memorable meals there.

    Oh – Lyn’s Delicatessen – they had some good pastrami sandwiches!

    HK’s Drive In – good teri chicken sandwich and some pretty good plate lunches, too.

    Woolworth’s coffee shops were actually pretty decent, too.

    I think Scotty’s Drive In had a five for a dollar hamburger deal.

    @Mark ’75 – Tasty Broiler – I totally forgot about that classic hole-in-the-wall.

    Perry Boys Smorgy – I really don’t remember all that much about it other than eating there quite a few times. Oh, that and it was an all you can eat buffet.

    There was a Checker’s and Pogo associated eatery – was it called Hawaiian Skillet? It was on the edge of Waikiki on Ala Moana Boulevard.

    In addition to Flamingo Chuckwagon, there were Flamingo restaurants too, right? I hope so, ‘cause I remember eating many family dinners there . . . . 🙂 (Thanks, @khs68).

    Yong Sing – Chinese restaurant downtown, now Mandalay. Yong Sing was a lot cheaper!

    Palomino – man, there seem to be less and less decent sit-down places to go for lunch downtown these days.

    King’s Bakery – can’t forget about that place! Sweet bread french toast; mmmm!

    Kapiolani Coffe Shop.

    People’s Café – actually, it’s still there, but under new ownership and the Hawaiian food is not the same.

    Swiss Inn out in Niu Valley Shopping Center.

    There was a restaurant in Century Center. Was it called, “Oscar’s”? Good wienerschnitzel!

    John Dominis – pretty pricey, but nice ambiance.

    Kyo-ya – I remember it being an “expensive” restaurant, growing up as a kid. Needless to say, we never got to eat there when I was growing up. I got to go there much later in life–in their “new” building. I always wondered what the “old” restaurant looked like on the inside because you would always see it, driving into Waikiki and, IIRC, it always seemed to give off a “teahouse” sort of vibe.

    Fisherman’s Wharf (is it actually closed?) – how can I forget about that? There was a “treasure chest” for kids, right? LOL. Oh – and walking around the boat harbor after dinner when the tuna packers were still there. LOL – was stink, man!

    Chai’s Island Bistro is a more recent fatality. At least he’s opening another restaurant (opening this weekend, right?)

  117. khs68 says:

    Flamingo’s on Ala Moana Blvd across from the Immigration building. When I was small we used to have dinner there once a week and my mother would order fried chicken that came in a basket.

  118. khs68 says:

    Sampan Inn at Kewalo basin. Sizzling steak with onions on top.

  119. khs68 says:

    @Blast From the Past: I remember I was around 6 yrs old and there were carhops at that Foremost restaurant. My cousin’s girlfriend always got the half cantaloupe with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. My first intro to cantaloupe.

  120. khs68 says:

    The old Washington Saimin when it was next to Washington Intermediate (where Zippy’s is now).

    Bambi Inn across from the old Washington Saimin (now Hata’s restaurant).

  121. Blast From The Past says:

    The open air Foremost restaurant at the corner of Beretania and Keeaumoku. Served hamburgers with grilled buns. Their sundaes were always refreshing.

  122. Blast From The Past says:

    Miss the Shakey’s in Aiea and Kapiolani. The mozarella cheese and pepperoni was to die for. Unlike today, none of the ingredients were placed on scales.

  123. dihudfan says:

    Washington Saimin was winnahs!!! their bul go gi had a unique flavor… ono!!!
    Lynn’s Deli… pastrami sandwiches… winnahs!!!
    Columbia Inn.. everything was good…
    Tin Tin Chop Suey… cheap ono chinese food…
    Blue Bird Drive Inn… best local foods…
    Chicken Alice… best chicken!!!
    Masamashi… original shrimp tempura (light crispy batter)

  124. Rodney says:

    The Dog House on Kapahulu Ave.

  125. LINDA KATO says:

    Good morning MLCers ❗ Happy Monday ❗ 😀

    Have a great day ❗ 😀

    Eating places I miss: Ranch House, Flamingo Chuckwagon that was located across the street from the Blaisdell Center, Kelly’s Coffee Shop on Nimitz, so many others……….Nice memories ❗ 😀

  126. skibunz says:

    Tanoue’s-wonton mein…Jolly Roger – Porky Boy w/grilled onions…Kaimuki Inn – Veal Cutlet on spaghetti noodles w/brown gravy…Woolworth’s-fried chicken….Aotani-pork hash,half moon…Kwong On-chow fun,baked manapua….Andy’s Drive In Kailua-veal cutlet plate….Ed & Don’s-chocolate coke….Burgerland(?) where DH Grill is now-ono hamburgers w/mayo tartar sauce and skinny fries…Kuhio Grill-hamburger steak….the old W&M when it was on 9th Ave and you could get a complete meal for $1.25…Choice Bakery-cupcakes,fresh bread…I’ll stop now, getting hungry! =))

  127. PA says:

    yeah the taco hut i remember them serving pitchers of margaritas
    to 18 yo those were the days
    old pinky’s broiler with baked potatoes the size of footballs
    kikuya in kaneohe the kuhio grill in town was good rob roy for breakfest with the family

  128. M says:

    Columbia Inn

  129. Rodney says:

    Ben said – Tori’s Lunch House. He would walk a mile three times a week for their lunch….

    I remember eating there when I used to go to KCC (Pensacola).

  130. Mark'75 says:

    Flamingo Chuckwagon. The whoppa-size plate was heavy by itself. After filling it up, the prime rib’s au jus sauce ran over everything…including the jello and pork and beans. To me, was FINE DINING ❗

  131. Mark'75 says:

    Tasty Broiler

  132. Rodney says:

    I’m surprised nobody called for Lyn’s Delicatessen – pastrami sandwiches with cream cheese, and their spaghetti plates.

  133. Rodney says:

    Taco Hut in Kailua. They had the best nachos!

  134. Rodney says:

    @eddyo – We’ve become our parents…

  135. Masako says:

    Kengo’s seafood buffet

  136. khs68 says:

    Ethel’s Okazuya on S. King & Kaheka.

  137. khs68 says:

    Alex Drive-In’s watermelon freeze

  138. khs68 says:

    Kaimuki Inn

  139. khs68 says:

    Kuhio Grill

  140. khs68 says:

    McCully Chop Suey

  141. DIO says:

    Mama’s Mexican Kitchen

  142. DIO says:

    Mori’s Cafe

  143. DIO says:

    `A`ala Saimin

  144. DIO says:

    Woolworth’s coffee shop.

  145. DIO says:

    Edo Shokudo

  146. DIO says:

    Tanoue’s Saimin

  147. DIO says:


  148. DIO says:

    Kanda Lunchwagon – Kewalo Basin

  149. DIO says:


  150. DIO says:


  151. DIO says:

    KC Drive In – Waikiki

  152. DIO says:

    Leong’s Cafe Hawaiian Foods – Kalihi

  153. DIO says:

    Jolly Roger drive in.

  154. M says:

    Jolly Roger’s drive inn, the Suzy Q was guud….

  155. eddyo says:


    Isn’t this a sign of getting up there? Too many eating & retail businesses that have gone to remember. I use to think my parents were living in the Mukashi, when they talked about their favorite haunts. Now it’s us….

    When did this happen?

  156. Masako says:

    Flamingo’s. I used to like the fried rice and grilled biscuit for breakfast.

  157. Masako says:

    I miss Wisteria restaurant. Great Japanese comfort foods….

  158. Masako says:

    I miss the popcorn at Sears. So sad, pretty soon the whole store will be history.

  159. Masako says:

    I’m on the same wavelength of M, Chunky’s and Chico’s were the two names that came to mind.

    My grandparents were part owner of Chunky’s so I grew up with thier foods. I loved everything over there. They sold the drive in when I was in college. Sometimes I wonder what it would have been like if my brother and I had taken over.

    Chico’s had the best fried chicken and potato wedges. The pizza wasn’t bad either.

  160. M says:

    Chico’s, I miss the potato wedges.

  161. M says:

    Guud morning MLCers!

    Chucky’s, the teri plate was so ono.

  162. Mark'75 says:

    I still miss Young’s Chop Suey on Kona Street, where Nordstroms is. Their large won ton mein was my staple, and the servers always asked me, “same?”

  163. KAN says:

    Tastee Treet in Kane`ohe. They had the best shakes.

  164. Mark'75 says:

    I agree with sally. The ORIGINAL Washington Saimin was a go-to place after sporting events!

  165. sally says:

    I’d like Tanoue’s Saimin in Kaimuki to come back.

  166. sally says:

    I’d like the ORIGINAL Washington Saimin to come back. Not the Bul Go Gi one, the original Saimin/BBQ stick one with the soda bottle machine in the corner with orange soda. yum!

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