MLC Observation – Eateries

While eating pho with Paula and my daughter Stacie one night, I was explaining to Stacie that pho and Vietnamese restaurants are new to us.  I mean, we didn’t have Vietnamese restaurants when we were growing up like today’s younger generation does.


It wasn’t until high school that I discovered In Sam Korean restaurant in Kailua and Kim Chee 1 restaurant in Kaneohe.  Before then, the only Korean food I had was either at home or at my hamulni’s house.  Or at new year’s day get-togethers at my relatives.


I went on to explain to my daughter that, for one – we didn’t eat out much in our day.  And when we did, it was usually at the local drive-in or chop suey joint.  Every now and then on a special occasion, we at “American” food at a Spencecliff restaurant or Violet’s Grill or something similar.  And we had the mom-n-pop eateries like Tsukenjo’s, Jane’s Fountain, or Torii’s Lunch Room.  And of course the saimin houses like: Hall Saimin, Saimin House, Tanoue’s Saimin, Washington Saimin, Palace Saimin, etc.


But when it came to ethnic restaurants other than Chinese restaurants or Japanese okazuyas – there weren’t many.  Maybe a couple few Mexican restaurants, Hawaiian restaurants, Filipino restaurants, and Korean restaurants.  But definitely no Thai restaurants, Vietnamese restaurants, Greek restaurants, or Italian restaurants.  Well, actually there were Italian and French restaurants in Waikiki, but not the kind that we would patronize on a regular basis.  The closest I got to Italian food was a pizza parlor.  And French Fries doesn’t count as French cuisine.


And ramen shops are something new too.  Our time, there were only saimin houses.


So eating pho bo, bánh mì, summer rolls, pad thai, red curry, gyros, and Fettuccini Bolognese is all pretty new to us MLCers.  It’s not something we grew up with – like today’s kids.  In fact, I still have this image of a Bolognese dish being made with chopped up “…cause Oscar Mayer has a way with B-O-L-O-G-N-A“.


What other kinds of foods or places can you think of that are fairly new to us, yet run-of-the-mill eating places for our kids’ generation?  What kinds of foods did we grow up with that are getting more and more scarce today – like okazuya delicatessens.




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108 Responses to “MLC Observation – Eateries”

  1. Seawalker says:

    @1 oldfut – No kidding, all I know is that the building is long gone. It was fronting School Street, no? Several of us on this blog went to the same elementary school. As for the chow fun, how could you not remember. Thanks for confirming the story!

  2. 1oldfut says:

    Holy Cow! someone else from the old ‘hood! So what was that building anyway? You must be one Lanakila alum then huh? I never tasted any other chow fun as good, but maybe had that special “melancholy” pixie dust on top…

  3. Seawalker says:

    @1 oldfut – As reprinted from 7/12/13.

    If a picture paints a thousand words, then the grinds you posted is a masterpiece Rod! Okazuya, it reminds me of dim sum. You get to select what you want, and you do the choosing to your heart’s desire. Quite different from life where everybody tells you what to do instead.
    Reminds me of my elementary school days. There was a store on School Street across of Lanakila baseball field. Nope, not the Health Center. 25 cents for a small helping of chow fun. But I forget the name–me makule. It was served in a small container, the kind you see for holding haupia so the Hawaiian plate won’t mix-in with the sweetness.
    Anyway, the portion-size didn’t matter to us. It was our morning treat. We were delivering newspapers back then. So we were filthy-rich. Not! So my best friend and I would cross the street in the morning to get our fill. We were doing this for a while.
    One day as we were crossing the street, my heart started pounding. I thought I saw a car driving that I recognized from afar. Yup, sure did. It was my dad. I could see him shaking his fingers in the windshield as to say, get your but(t) back to school. Reading his lips, I remember him saying in his broken-Chinglish, I going give you lickins’ at home.
    Sure enough, it was major lickins’ that night. I remember dad asking what did you buy? As I was crying, I told him softly “chow fun”. He asked me how much did I spend. I told him, a quarter. He just said “hummf” and walked away.
    You think we learned our lesson? Heck no. We started to buy our chow fun treat soon after again. Boys will be boys!
    One day, as we were crossing the street, I saw a familiar car parked in front of the store. Could it be? Yes, it was. It was dad. But wait. He was there to buy chow fun for 25 cents too. Pake! I knew it, a Pake could never pass up a good deal. Son-of-a-gun!
    Dad is probably up in heaven having chow fun right this minute. He’s also probably still watching over me and still shaking his finger. But every time I come across a quarter, it takes me back to the good ol’ days. And dad, next time I have 2 quarters, one’s for you.

  4. 1oldfut says:

    Kinda sad to see that the original Liliha Bakery’s cake decorating window is non-functional now, but still there. I spent more than a few days there as a kid watching the cake decorator’s do their thing. They would even smile and wave sometimes! ( of course it helped that my Mom worked there…). The brownie “ends” were killer. I think they even used to sell them at one time.

  5. 1oldfut says:

    Re: “What kinds of foods did we grow up with that are getting more and more scarce today – like okazuya delicatessens.”
    -Mom and Pops Stores-
    This may be a bit obscure, but there was a mom and pops store back in the 70’s fronting what I vaguely remember as an old wooden housing/apartment building on School Street across the Lanakila School baseball field. I will never forget that they would sell chow fun in those little rectangular paper trays for cheap. I would go after school (or was it before?) and the man(woman?) would scoop it out of those big aluminum pots. It tasted soooo good with shoyu. I even found a pork skin with hairs on it, which kinda grossed me out, but finished the tray anyway. Anyone remember? Damn I miss small kid time…

  6. Mark Shelby says:

    Do you remember Chun Hoon on Nuuanu Ave. ?

    They had a take out window. And a sit down restaurant. And a grocery store. I think there was even a live tree, growing inside the restaurant. They built the restaurant around it!

    Did I spell Chun Hoon right?

  7. Yoshi says:

    I miss those high school hang out drive inns – The “old” Zippy’s , Pee Wee, Chunky’s, Scotty’s, KC Drive Inn. Other places like Wisteria, Washington Saimin, Kewalo lunch wagon, etc…. Miss those prom restaurants too. Byron II, Cavalier, Canlis, Third Floor, Kahala, etc.. Most of all, I miss the rice and gravy.

  8. Hbh says:


    You know i will probable be banished from MLC Hawaii for saying this but i havent had a coco puff, i was an neglectted child :-)’

  9. Hbh says:

    @Rodney & Madako

    Mahalo i have a few MLC Hawaii people on other sites that would have a kick to see.those pics. Yes i also hype your blog uncle rodney and will credit both you. Mahalo.

  10. masako says:

    @Hbh – Sure, no problem.

  11. Seawalker says:

    @4G – Oldie, yes… goodie, perhaps. Humans, we’re just like cars. Both my cars got the ‘check engine’ light come on this week. Dern old-fut cars, worse than the KB’s. Instead of buy me drinkie, it’s calling me ‘sugar daddy’ every time I drive it. LOL

  12. Seawalker says:

    @Hbh – That’s the one. After delivering our Sunday papers, we’d ride our bikes to either Honda’s Deli or for saimin at Liliha Bakery. Dude, time for a coco puff to go along with them hot wings. 😆

  13. Rodney says:

    @Lowtone123 – Growing up, I never had the taste for sashimi so my mom had to cook it. So poho.

  14. Rodney says:

    It’s cool with me. Masako?

  15. Hbh says:

    @Rodney & Masako

    Uncle, auntie would it be ok to copy the keiki land pics for my personal use and my post them on my thread? Wantted to ask out of respect. If not fine too 🙂

  16. Hbh says:

    Sorry dang phone giving me stink. :-/

  17. Hbh says:


    Liliha bakery now i remember that place. Was that the bakery you could sitdown and have a cup of coffee at the counter?

  18. Hbh says:


    Liliha bakery now i remember that place. Was that the bakery you could sitdown and have a cup of coffee at the counter? 🙂

  19. Lowtone123 says:

    Hey RL, Poke Bowls are big ting now but I remember small kid time my favorite way of eating poke was on hot rice. Day old poke would be pan seared by my mom for that “Seared Ahi” kine poke…ono!

  20. 4G says:

    @Seawalker – Oh, wow – I thought we were all “oldies but goodies”. LOL! 😉

  21. Seawalker says:

    One place that’s enduring and, in fact, opening up a second location is Liliha Bakery. It’s going to be at the old Sam Choy’s hideout on Nimitz. Dang, the pastries look and taste the same today as how it looked way back then. Finally, an oldie but goodie.

  22. Seawalker says:

    Now, if kitchen mama Alice Yang only knew how many times Chicken Alice been mentioned here, surely, she would cook a batch of them delicious and succulent hot wings and drumettes for us to grind. LOL

  23. M says:

    Guud morning MLCers! 🙂

  24. keoni says:

    Looks like we ducked another major tsunami! Hope there’s no serious damage from whatever hits.

  25. Seawalker says:

    Now that there’s no major wave action, need to make an executive decision on the roast duck. LOL

  26. M says:

    Ige’s lunchwagon in Aiea has the best bang for you money. It’s enough for 2 meals for under $8.00.

  27. Hbh says:

    Yeah a few places give me a lunch plate with heapimg k pig and two scoop of everything, sometimes two meals. No complain

  28. Seawalker says:

    That, I agree with you, @Hbh. Before, we used to have to go to Fernandez Fun Factory to get our fill of electronic games. Kids nowadays, they’re playing electronic games at home. But, brah, tell me if they put an extra scoop of kalua pig on your plate, you going be smiling too. If you one of those workout guys, 80% of it is diet. No can win.

  29. Hbh says:


    Naw thats lolo uncle its that people dont get active like they used to do. When we kids we played outside, kids today not so much.

  30. Hbh says:

    God i cant even spell lately Mahalo

  31. Seawalker says:

    Man, all this food talk is making me hungry. Lunch just pau and I’m revving for some grinds. Got a half roast duck sitting in my freezer at home. Now, the question is: should I have that with ramen or should I have it plain? Maybe throwing in some bok choy and crack an egg along with a handful of green onions will do it justice. Shoots, life is all about making the tough choices. And this is as tough as it gets. WTH, maybe I’ll have roast duck ramen with roast duck on the side. Just another Seawalker special…

  32. Seawalker says:

    They say the portion sizes are getting bigger and bigger in American society. They say we don’t need as much food in one sitting. They say obesity rates are getting higher and higher. They say our eating habbits are terrible. But I say, “nah, brah”. The more they put on my plate, the bigger the size of the clam smile on my face!

  33. Hbh says:


    Maholo for the info. Dio did you make the HAPA concert a few weeks ago in portland? Since we both live in Oregon?

  34. Seawalker says:

    @DIO – Thanks, you have a good memory. But you not old-fut yet. More like young-fut.

  35. DIO says:

    Seawalker: The Chinese place on the outside of the ole Holiday Mart location on Kaheka St was Yong Sing, same as the restaurant that was on Alakea, makai of Hotel St.

  36. Hbh says:

    You know whats funny, i am talkstoring wit you guys and on t.v magnum and the old five-o are on lol. Yes things have changed. Ok im done going OT.

  37. Seawalker says:

    @4G – Think they designed it for the guys. Let’s face it, most guys don’t like shopping. So what do you do? You gather around the stores with TVs or head to the automotive section to pass time. Lo and behold, now there’s a place to grind while you wait. Heaven must be missing an angel for whomever saw that! That’s what I learned in Shopping 101 at U.H. Still got a “C” LOL

  38. 4G says:

    Food Courts (as found in many shopping centers) are a pretty new concept . . . .

  39. Seawalker says:

    @Hbh – I remember seeing a door leading to a backroom over there. But I stuck to pool.

  40. Seawalker says:

    @Hbh – ‘Membah all those places where they would give you all the ribs you could eat? Ho, we used to chow ’em down like no tomorrow. The goal was to make the place go “wow” and to eat your monies worth. One time, brah, we did this massive overdose of raw oysters at the Ilikai. Good fun. Ended up going to the bathroom afterwards, a whole bunch of us. LOL

  41. Hbh says:


    Wow im shocked its still there? Holday Que didnt they have those old nickel pinball ganes that were suppose to be illegal?

  42. Hbh says:


    Couldnt have said it better, as long as we rememba it wont be gone. I agree it was how we felt when experiencing places.

  43. Seawalker says:

    @Hbh – Still got a place there at the corner of the Don Quijote building, outside. The char siu and roast pork is pretty good. They sell manapua and other foods. Forget the old name. Maybe the other old-futs know? Used to play pool at Holiday Que tho.

  44. Seawalker says:

    It’s not the necessarily the food. It’s the memories that came along with food. Growing up, our big adventure of going out to eat was at Kenny’s Restaurant. Nothing special about that joint. Food was decent and it was a popular. But it was during a time when you were young and didn’t have as much worries. If you’re slippers matched, that’s all the thinking you needed. Those days are long gone now. I used to remember when pops used to grumble about changes every so often, By golly, aren’t we doing that now? Can’t eat as much before, but, hey, still can eat. And that’s all that matters.

  45. Hbh says:

    @4G and Seawalker

    Rememba Holiday Mart in Honolulu? They had this open air chinese restaurant that served manapua and bbq pork fresh, they would have a whole pig strung up and you could watch them cut what you order in front of you. Does anyone remember the name if the place, its gone. But they also had a killer bruce lee pinball game there. Because of health regs i doubt they have that anymore in Honolulu. Im pretty much the youngest of all you guys here but i think its cool that we can relate to alot of pkaces. Like i said before i believe i was the last generation to experience old local oahu.

  46. Seawalker says:

    Sorry, @Rod, was clicking and dragging and that link came up.

  47. Hbh says:

    I do know one.thing im craving for, remember those awsome ono teri beef sandwiches that we could get at Orange Julius. Just cant find that here where i live now or even close to being that good. We have Orange Julius but they dont do teri, bummer. Famous Amos cookies are also something you can’t find anymore, man those chocolate chip cookies were great for da munchies after guud pokalolo. Shhhh it was ritalin back in da 70s and 80s eh what can i say. Lol 🙂

  48. Seawalker says:

    @4G – Nah, no money, no honey. Besides, my hearing’s still good. LOL

  49. 4G says:

    @Seawalker – you mean that wasn’t you I saw at the KB this past weekend? 😉

  50. 4G says:

    Okay – “pole” more accurate than “stick”. LOL.

  51. Seawalker says:

    @Hbh – Chicken Alice is still around. She’s the kitchen mama at some KB. And for the record, that’s what I heard. 😆

  52. 4G says:

    I remember a “Manapua Man” growing up. He used to haul his goodies in two “pails” on either end of a stick that he would sling across his shoulders.

  53. Seawalker says:

    @4G – You can tell you old when you go to funerals way more than weddings. Read in the paper Cayetano’s boy died recently. Good guy. Used to tell me all kine stories about Washington Place before. So in addition to all these by-gone eateries, funerals is another rite of passage to being makule. You tried Zippy’s chicken recently? Ho, the buggah tasted so salty. I know it’s not a one time thing because it tasted salty the last few times I had it. Gotta convert it to a pupu then to go along with the beer.

  54. 4G says:

    I remember, as a kid, taking pots from our kitchen to the Chinese Restaurant to carry our takeout orders in! LOL.

    I guess you could say we was “green” back then, eh? 😉

  55. Hbh says:

    I know one ono grind that is pretty much gone, its the mom & pop community snack shops like Youngs crackseed store in Kaimuki and crackseed center in ala moana where we could get our li hing mai mango(yum) lemon peel or just a good icee. Wow remember Icees?

    I know what we didnt have in small kid time in Oahu. That was a fried chicken places. The only one i remember was chicken alice, but i moved so i wasnt really able to experience her wings and chicken. Today i hear you guys have KFC and Popeyes now.

  56. 4G says:

    @Seawalker – LOL! Was even creepier before – when the entrance was from Kam Hwy . . . . 😉

    Oh sorry – to be PC, Mililani Memorial Park.


  57. Seawalker says:

    @4G – YOLO! You only live once! That cemetary is one creepola place. Been to a service at night. Had to park and walk among the graves by myself. Don’t think it was, but my pants wasn’t all dry when I got there. LOL

  58. 4G says:

    @Seawalker – nah, was out at Mililani Cemetary. I couldn’t believe Fat Boy’s had Prime Rib and Rack of Lamb, too! LOL- a bit heavy for lunch, though … LOL!

  59. Seawalker says:

    @4G – I used to grind the one in Kailua. Tell you, man, they had this hot sauce on the counter that you can put onto your bento or plate lunch. Just like Ted’s. Broke da mouth, and something else the following day too. Their original store used to be in Kalihi, just below Nimitz. You out at Mililani now?

  60. 4G says:

    @Seawalker – I tried Fat Boy’s several weeks ago out in Mililani. I never knew of them and didn’t know they had a Keeaumoku location. Was pretty derned good! LOL.

    “Shave Ice” specialty shops like Ice Garden and Snow Factory.

    Awww – I miss Masu’s, too! 😉

  61. Seawalker says:

    Don’t have any favorite places for pho. But the one at Kapiolani is pretty good. Pho-real? No, think it’s called Pho One Vietnamese Restaurant. I think it’s how the eatery is presented. It’s more clean than most of the places around and got parking. And I just love how the bowl is packaged. With the hot broth steaming in front of you, you combine the raw bean sprouts, basil, mint, chili pepper, and beef along with your cooked pho noodle. Vietnamese food is a lot like Thai food with a nice combination of cooked and uncooked ingredients. Here’s a Seawalker special. Throw in a half a dozen won tons and some Chinese parsley into your soup of meatballs, tendons, and green onions and you got yourself a doozie going. Pho-out, brah.

  62. Masako says:

    Kaiten sushi is something new. Back in college there was a place called Toku’s where walmart is now, they were the first one. I like the Genki in Ala Moana where the stuff comes on a little train.

  63. Mark Shelby says:


    Masu’s Massive Plate Lunch!

    Da Madda liked me! She always filled my plate more!

  64. Masako says:

    Good morning! I miss Masu’s. Thier daily special was always something interesting. The plate could feed two of us or i’d make lunch and dinner out of it.

  65. M says:

    Guud morning MLCers!

  66. PA says:

    I remember my dad getting mandoo @ in sam II or insane 2 as he called it. But the big event was when
    Mcdonalds first opened in Aina Hina had to drive all way from Kailua to stand in a long line to have a Big Mac I just shake my head to think we actually did that
    then there was 10 cent burgers days limit 20 @ mcdonalds
    as a Scotsman I would still be all over that
    value to da max

  67. Rodney says:

    Poke bowls are somewhat new too, no? I don’t recall poke bowls at small-kid-time.

  68. Rodney says:

    @Mark’75 – Ted’s “Bulgogi kim-chee burger”. Messy as hell, but soooo ono!

  69. dihudfan says:

    used to work part time at a produce and used to delivery produce to filipino restaurants in chinatown… food wuz good too…
    my first buffet wuz at the Waikiki Sands, none stop eating…
    wen we went to downtown to shop, my mom would take me to either (original) Eagle Cafe (Chaplain Lane and Fort st) or Maesamashi on River street…
    lot of our family parties were at Wo Fat…
    pizza shops started popping up all ovah the place…

  70. Seawalker says:

    Try going to Fat Boy’s for their food. “Un-pho-gettable. In every way, and forever more…” LOL

  71. Seawalker says:

    @Mark – We have this buggah we call the fish man who comes to our office every so often. He sells these fresh chunks of ahi in 2 pound slabs for $20. Good quality. Bot it several times. After work, I’d head over to Times or Don Coyotes to pick up limu. Slice up that ahi, mix in the limu, add shoyu, and sprinkle on some Hawaiian salt. BAM! You got poke to the max. No fish oil pills for me. But I wonder? If you can have poke on rice, poke with soft noodles or e-mein might be decent. Nah, no substitutes please.

  72. Mark'75 says:

    When in Waipahu, I like to make a quick stop at K’s Bento-ya and pick up a bento. Only problem though….after lunch, it’s GAME OVER!

  73. Mark'75 says:

    @Seawalker: I miss Tommy’s lunchwagon on Mililani Street. Their roast pork plate on Wednesdays is what we looked forward to so much, we dubbed it, “Fat Wednesday!”

  74. Mark'75 says:

    Lately, I’ve taken a liking to poke bowls. One of my favorites is at Nico’s. Love the atmosphere at Pier 38!

  75. Seawalker says:

    The lunch wagons in downtown near the downtown post office was pretty good. It was probably a buck less than going into a store to buy a plate lunch. Once in a while, I’d take a hike to the Federal Building to eat at the cafeteria. Not bad. That was before all this security they have in place now. Min’s on Union Mall was good and cheap. The guy there somehow knew I was a regular customer and used to give me a big heaping plate of food. That’s what we’re missing nowadays. A cheap plate lunch that tasted good and made you loosen one notch in your pants belt before heading back to the office. 😆

  76. Mark'75 says:

    @Seawalker: yah, sad, no?

  77. Seawalker says:

    I remember Ted’s, @Mark. Used to pick up a plate before heading over to Hamilton or Sinclair Library to check out girls. No, make that to study for mid-terms and finals. The thing with Ted’s, they used to squirt this hot sauce all over your kalbi, chicken and mandoo. That, my friends, was the bomb. And what do they have there now? Some kind of pastry or sweets shop. Lose money.

  78. Mark'75 says:

    Ramen and udon places popped up all over the place! Contrary to our kids, I still prefer an old-fashioned bowl of saimin. @Rodney: Kukai Ramen still cracks me up tho!

  79. Mark'75 says:

    In college, I’d get my Korean food fix at Ted’s Drive In. Inexpensive, great food, and LOTS of it ❗ Still miss the mix kalbi, bbq chicken, and mandoo plate….

  80. LINDA KATO says:

    Good afternoon, MLCers ❗ Happy Monday ❗ 😀

    Have a great day everyone ❗ 😀

    I don’t try other restaurants other than Zippy’s…. I can eat the same thing EVERY day…. just as long as there is something in my tummy…. I don’t care what it is. I am not adventuresome with eating and won’t try foreign foods at all….. after a severe allergic reaction to breaded shrimp in VEGAS, I was tested for allergies to seafood. Found out I am not allergic to anything at all. Doctor said it was probably poor handling of the food and contaminated oil…. told me not to eat there again…. M’s Casino’s all you can eat seafood buffet is very popular…. guess I’ll stay away from breaded shrimp. This negative experience put me right back to safe food, same food…. no reactions…. 😀

  81. Mark Ellis says:

    Thanks, DIO, Tops it was!

  82. DIO says:

    Masako: I remember that too, places like Flamingo (the restaurant, not the Chuckwagon), as well as, Violet’s Grill (Kalihi), and New Eagle Cafe. They all served complete meals. If you ordered a Japanese style meal, the soup was Miso soup, and you then had tsukemono.

  83. Seawalker says:

    Not only do you get crackers back then, water came with your meal. Now, you have to ask for it at some places. “Nah, brah no need water. What you think, I one camel?” LOL That’s why I like Gulick Deli. It’s not a traditional okazuya, but you get to pick your food. Some places are so Chinski with their plate lunches, it’s incredible. I like places where they load up the rice. When you young, a little gravy on the rice is all it takes to lap it all up. It’s rice that adds volume to your plate. Mac salad has tons of mayo and make you full when the soda hits your stomach.

  84. Masako says:

    My parents sometimes mention that restaurants in the past always served complete meals, fruit cocktail, soup, salad, entree and dessert. Come to think of it, thats how it was small kid time when we used to go out and eat, unless we was at a chop suey. Used to have the crackers on the table plus some places would have a treasure chest that you could pick a small toy out of. The kids meals were not always complete so my grandma would give me her fruit cup.

  85. DIO says:

    Mark Ellis: The only restaurant I can think of, in the opening of the original Hawai`i Five-O, is Tops. See if this pictures is what you’re talking about:

  86. DIO says:

    Back in the day, the only yogurt place I remember, was Yami Yogurt.

  87. Lowtone123 says:

    Now get frozen yougurt places all over and you can put a wide range of toppings on it. Back in the day only had TCBY.

  88. Seawalker says:

    Buffets been around since I can recall. Don’t know what the lure is, but I’m pretty sure it’s the all-you-can-eat thing that entices people. Perry Boy Smorgy’s used to be pretty good. Went with the elementary school JPO’s because we used to help raise and take down the flag everyday. Anyway, prior to that, haven’t been to too many buffets. When Vegas is our destination, my first inclination is to seek out a good buffet. It never fails, you always over-eat at a buffet. It’s been a while since we went to Todai. Man, I can just visualize the coutless entrees and deserts available for my eyes to feast on. The quality of the food at buffets are so-so. But hey, where there’s quality lacking, the quantity of food seems to make up for it. Someone was telling me about the Oceanarium king crab legs recently. Seafood, when I see food, now we’re talking. And to have it cooked for you, who needs a happy wife to have a happy life? LOL

  89. Seawalker says:

    @1 old fut – see response to previous blog topic. Glad to hear from a fellow Mexico fan!

  90. Gareth says:

    Okazu-ya are disappearing rapidly. Izakaya, on the other hand, are growing in popularity.

  91. M says:

    No crab places like Crab Bucket, Raging Crab and Karai Crab back then.

  92. M says:

    There was no fancy burger places like Teddy’s, The Counter and Kua’Aina.

  93. M says:

    There was no food trucks back then or very few.

  94. M says:

    Guud morning MLCers!
    More places offer vegetarian choices now. Back then there was no such thing.

  95. Seawalker says:

    Used to go to Pho ’97 in downtown in the ’90’s. Before 1997, it made me wonder what would happen to their name when 1998 came around. But hey, last time I went, the restaurant name was still Pho’97. Maybe like the watchamacalum, Prince-buggah who sings 1999. Still catchy, and makes you feel like turning up the ol’ radio when it plays in your car. Perhaps some sort of Vietnamese slang instead? Haven’t been to Sanoya’s for a ramen for a while. That, and Makiki Zippy’s were our 2 favorite placess to grind after a bout with the nightclub. Besides, you don’t get ‘turned down’ when ordering unlike asking a girl to dance at the nightclub. LOL

  96. Masako says:

    Good morning! I wasn’t exposed to Thai food and Vietnamese food until I took a class in asian cooking at KCC. Part of our curriculum was going out to eat at asian restaurants, than cooking the foods in class. The chefs would serve us all kinds of stuff so we would get exposed to the type of foods that they had. We visited Hale Vietnam in Kaimuki and I fell in love with Pho, BBQ Pork chops and Summer Rolls. I had a hard time convincing my family and friends to try it but once they did they liked it. For Thai food we visited Keo’s where i was introduced to Pad Thai, Stuffed chicken wings, Papaya salad, Thai spring rolls and all the curries, and my favorite, sticky rice. Back then there was only Keo’s and Thai food was so expensive, now I can eat it more often because its more reasonable.
    Come to think of it, small kid time I thought that italian food meant spaghetti. We didn’t have the variety of restaurants that we have now. Back then going out to eat was usually Chop Suey, Kim Chee 2 or Flamingo’s and for a treat we would go to Flamingo chuck wagon or Fisherman’s wharf.

  97. Seawalker says:

    For many, prices dictate whether or not we eat at that joint or not. If you find a place that has good food, and yet keep their prices reasonable, then turn me loose. Same with the new stores in Ala Moana Shopping Center, the high-end stores don’t really appeal to me. Exceptional customer service is a plus. When we eat at the Kaimuki Kim Chee’s, they always give us something extra to ‘chew’ on. That’s why we keep going back and leave them a couple extra bucks when tipping. Man, that kalbi bone is tough de-meat. But I whack ’em up like there’s no tomorrow. 😆

  98. Mark'75 says:

    On South King Street, across from the old Kuhio Grill site, I saw a Burmese restaurant, Dagon, where an old Hawaiian food restaurant stood for decades.

  99. Mark Ellis says:

    After our jet touched down at HIA in 1963, we began eating foods we’d never eaten before. It helped that my father worked for Safeway, and brought home samples of everything that distributors were trying to get on the shelves:

    Sushi, lee hing moy, lemon peel, mixed arrare (sp?), mahi-mahi, poy (rejected), sticky rice, coconuts (not from store, painstakingly hacked open after falling from palm), and, of course, pit-roasted pork at the luas.

    As far as eating out, there were numerous Asian restaurants in Kailua, all of them very authentic. And who can forget the treats in store after a visit to the International Marketplace. Not to mention that hamburger joint with the odd roof in Honolulu, the one pictured in the opening credits of the original Hawaii 5-0.

    I can’t remember the name of the place.

  100. 4G says:

    Izakayas are relatively new.

    So are Curry houses.

    Mediterranean cuisines.

  101. 4G says:

    Japanese Tea Houses are on the endangered species list.

  102. 4G says:

    Hot pot places are relatively new.

    Bubble tea places.

    Juice bars (like Jamba Juice).

    Coffee specialty shops (e.g., Starbucks), also, Tea shops.

    Bakeries have been in decline for years.

  103. skibunz says:

    KC Drive-in with the car service. That was a treat! Waffle hot dog with mustard and peanut butter milkshake and crinkle fries…yum!

  104. Rodney says:

    Yes, sushi places. Again, they could be found only in Waikiki back in the day. Unlike today’s sushi places. Good one, NaPueo.

  105. NaPueo says:

    Sushi. Even available at some supermarkets.

  106. NaPueo says:

    Sushi places. Eat in or take out. More choices now.

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