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scrivener
September 9th, 2005, 08:42 PM
Gotta support da' Kalihi businesses! I'll try next week. One of my favorite places in the Kalihi area is Richie's Drive-Inn (N. King, across da' post office near Farrington H.S.). Get one Broke da' mout' chili dog plate, plus cheap! Also, Yuki's Okazuya & Coffee House on (near Mistuken) School st.. Da stuffed shrimp is winnahz!
The quality of Richie's isn't excellent, but for your so-so plate, you get a lot of food for a buck or two less than at other plate-lunch places. Richie's is most famous for the $4.25 (that's including the tax) boneless chicken -- you get three breaded, boneless thighs covered in gravy -- and for being open until eleven at night, and for having a drive-through window! That's a great combination for so-so food.

Yuki's has been closed for at least a year. Sorry to break the news to you. It, too, was pretty good and quite inexpensive.

I've never been much of a Diner's fan, but it's open 24 hours and there are a couple of things on the menu that are very, very good. Stay away from the chicken katsu, but give the roast pork a try. It's wonderful.

What are your other favorite Kalihi eateries?

1stwahine
September 9th, 2005, 09:00 PM
The Roast Turkey @ Diners is great. Also, the Roast Beef, Braised Oxtail and Pork Cutlet/Chicken Wings Combo. I also enjoyed their cheeseburgers.

Helena's Hawaiian Food on School Street. Da Short Rib's Pipikaula, Squid Luau, Lomi Ahi with Opihi, everything is onolicious!

Mitsuba Okazuya, Gulick Okazuya and the one across Mitsuba. There's another on N. King Street.

The Pastele Shop on School Street.

Kennys Resturant still serving the best breakfast! Also a wide assortment of lunch and dinner menu.

Violets in the Kapalama Shopping Center. Okinawan and Local Menu. Great Local Food. Homemade Hamburger and Prices are reasonable.

Boulevard Saimin, Palace and one more I can't remember.

Han Yang Korean Food. New owners but same quality of foods and the price is reasonable.

In the same complex theres a Chinese Resturant and a BBQ place that serves ostrich burgers...something different and the regular BBQ stuff.

We also have Bob's BBQ in the corner of Dillingham and Houghtailing.

Several Japanese Resturants on Kapalama Canal.

For Filipino Foods...there's Jesse's Bakery! Masarap Bakery goods and Dilicious Filipino Cuisine. Very reasonable prices!

I can't leave out my favorite, Pancake House!

By the old Gem's complex, many resturants.

I'll leave the rest to be named by others.

Kalihi Rules!

helen
September 9th, 2005, 10:35 PM
The cafeteria at Honolulu Community College is now run by the Food Service Program by the Employment Training Center.

1stwahine
September 9th, 2005, 10:44 PM
The cafeteria at Honolulu Community College is now run by the Food Service Program by the Employment Training Center.

Helen, Can only students eat there or is the Public allowed to dine there too? If so, where is it located? Is it near the Cosmotology Dept?

Lynn

helen
September 10th, 2005, 12:45 AM
I guess the public can eat there since they don't check for any kind of ID. The cafeteria is the 3rd building ewa from the Cosmotology Building.

mel
September 10th, 2005, 03:15 AM
Is Sogoy's in the little strip mall near the Grocery Outlet / Satellite City Hall still in business. They had good machiko chicken.

I also like Pancake House.

Palolo Joe
September 10th, 2005, 05:47 AM
Richie's is most famous for the $4.25 (that's including the tax) boneless chicken -- you get three breaded, boneless thighs covered in gravy -- and for being open until eleven at night, and for having a drive-through window!
So there is a plate lunch place with a drive-thru on this rock. That right there is an untapped competitive advantage just begging to be exploited.

Any rich benefactors out there who want to provide seed money for a restaurant? Scriv will help work the counter.... right Scriv? :cool:

D'Alani
September 10th, 2005, 08:40 AM
Meg's Drive Inn used to be good but I haven't been there for a while. Toshi's Okazuya opens at 4:30am so that's convenient for the early birds. Golden City make some pretty decent tasting food. Of course can't leave out Ideta's in the old Classic Bowl parking lot.
For monster shrimp tempura, I know this isn't in Kalihi but go to place at the Chinese Cultural Center on the River St. side. It's a Japanese restaurant that is called Fumi...something, I forget but they give you four giant shrimps, the other food on the menu is also very good.

glossyp
September 10th, 2005, 08:46 AM
Is Sogoy's in the little strip mall near the Grocery Outlet / Satellite City Hall still in business. They had good machiko chicken.


Sugoi's is still there and going strong. Don't forget to stop in at Wholesale Unlimited when you're there as well - same strip mall.

kupomog
September 10th, 2005, 10:22 AM
Meg's Drive Inn still has pretty good food, and my sweet, sweet Green River :) I mostly just eat the beef stew at Meg's, though. Used to eat at that place by Grocery Outlet, Shiro's, too. But that's somewhere I haven't been too for long time except to get a root beer float from the takeout window once in awhile. Love the fried rice from Kam Bowl/Kapiolani Coffee shop, too. Or Mak bowl, whatever :rolleyes:

1stwahine
September 10th, 2005, 10:41 AM
Don't forget the famous OX-TAIL SOUP from Kam Bowl!

Great Hawaiian Foods and Laulaus from Youngs Fish Market at the old Gem's Location too!

Surfingfarmboy
September 10th, 2005, 12:27 PM
Local Boys' Cafe on Democrat St. That's my place for local grinds when I'm in Kalihi.

Nothing extraordinary about the place; it only has 4 booths and caters mainly to the industrial workers who are employed over in the Sand Island area. Most customers come in for to-go plates.

I always make it a point to visit there when I'm in Honolulu. Wes (the owner) always fixes me up with plates of vegetable fried rice which I drown in shoyu. Really ono. If I'm not in a rice mood, and it's early morning, I go for a short stack of pancakes. Wes also lets me drink all the soda I care to.

If you go, just tell Wes that Randy from RI sent you..he'll instantly know what you're talking about. Also, parking there is wicked tough. Best to take TheBus..it's a short walk from Nimitz down Mokauea.

scrivener
September 10th, 2005, 12:40 PM
Don't forget the famous OX-TAIL SOUP from Kam Bowl!
That's nine bucks a bowl, so enjoy every drop.

cezanne
September 10th, 2005, 03:37 PM
That's nine bucks a bowl, so enjoy every drop.
Nine bucks?! I hope that includes a free game and rental of the bowling shoes.

OT: the oxtail soup at California Hotel wasn't bad either.

pinakboy
September 14th, 2005, 11:46 AM
That's nine bucks a bowl, so enjoy every drop.

:eek: wow $9??!!! i remember it was like buying a bowl of pho for $5-6!!!
dang but i guess its still worth it. :rolleyes:

those were da gud ol days when was cheap.... :rolleyes:

pinakboy
October 3rd, 2005, 11:22 AM
Been hearin a radio advertisement on the FISH 95.5 for a kalihi restaurant that just opened recently called "loo-lins" (sounds like) restaurant with a buffet and live entertainment. anybody got any info on the restaurant as in reviews and or a website?? dey also said its on either School St. or King St.
hmmmm i don't recall any new restaurant driving by on either roads... :confused:

Glen Miyashiro
October 3rd, 2005, 11:27 AM
Been hearin a radio advertisement on the FISH 95.5 for a kalihi restaurant that just opened recently called "loo-lins" (sounds like) restaurant with a buffet and live entertainment. anybody got any info on the restaurant as in reviews and or a website?? dey also said its on either School St. or King St.
hmmmm i don't recall any new restaurant driving by on either roads... :confused:Loulen's. Folks were talking about it in the Tiny Tadani threads. Sombody correct me if I'm wrong, but I think it's at 1125 North King Street, between Waiakamilo Road and the Kapālama Canal.

pinakboy
October 3rd, 2005, 11:52 AM
thanks Glen! btw dat thread with tiny gives me a headache just to skim through it! lol :D

D'Alani
October 3rd, 2005, 01:30 PM
If you're heading towards Chinatown on King Street Loulen's is one building before Jesse's.

cezanne
November 15th, 2005, 06:14 PM
If you're heading towards Chinatown on King Street Loulen's is one building before Jesse's.

I had lunch today at Loulens. The atmosphere, service and food was much better than Jesse's. My only beef :) was the chicken papaya...the thing was kinda tough... like the kinda chicken you get at cockfights or something.

RaM1
November 16th, 2005, 04:15 PM
Whenever i'm in the neighborhood and gotta have some grinds, i make it a point to go to Boulavard Saimin. i always go for their Won Ton Min or their Saimin Special w/ enough shoyu/mustard sauce to clear my sinuses (even if they aren't clogged/stuffed). It takes be back to my hana-bata days (how's dat for one segue?) when my dad used to bring me there if he had something to do in town. The best part is that the place still looks the same as it did in the `70's!

hawaiiguy
November 17th, 2005, 06:53 PM
gotta try Waiakamilo Drive Inn in the Waiakamilo shopping Plaza near The Pancake house...their version of garlic chicken is very good (I'd rate it above Mitsu-Ken and Sugoi's...

Creative-1
January 14th, 2006, 05:40 PM
I've been in Kalihi Valley for 17 years and appreciate the list of places in Kalihi. Here's a few more in the area I don't think have been mentioned:

Spots Drive-In, across from HCC has good food, but a fairly limited selection of plate lunches. It was named for their pet Dalmation.

Makai of Spots is a Japanese place my wife likes called Yoehi Sushi.

Kalani Korean BBQ in City Square near Sugoi and Young's has great short ribs. One of their veggie choices is lotus root, which my wife really likes. Shiro's nearby has closed.

In the same area is The Crab Tank, Utage and YTL Koffee Haus (formerly Sav-Mor Coffee Shop). Anybody try 'em?

Monarch Seafood has a take-out lunch counter and excellent plate lunches. All their plates come with Waimanalo greens and really ono salad dressing.

Some of my HPU students really like Wang's in Waikamilo SC.

Fritz's Deli (Dillingham DH of Waiakamilo) makes pretty good sandwiches, as I recall.

There's a new Pho restaurant on Middle near the back gate of Ft. Shafter. Don't know the name.

Nick's is a new place at Pier 32, I think. Anybody try it? Kinda outside of Kalihi...

Kam Center, besides Kenny's, also has a Ba-Le, Yummy, Subway, Bear's, and a new place I think is called Sumo Noodle.

I often have lunch meetings at Sizzler (next to Boulevard Saimin). Good food and atmosphere.

Of course, we got 2 Zippy's, KFC, McD's, J in B, Burger King, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, L&L, Aloha Sushi, and Popeye's. Also a St. Germain/Dee Lite bakery.

Some good eats slightly outside of Kalihi include: Da Big Kahuna, Bob's Big Boy, and the 99 Ranch market Food court in Mapunapuna, La Mariana and El Charo on Sand Island, and Liliha Bakery.

Here's a list of all the places we've mentioned. Want to rate them?

Noteworthy Kalili restaurants
Ba-Le
Bearís Drive-In
Bobís Bar-B-Q
Boulevard Saimin
Crab Tank
Dinerís
Fritzís Deli
Golden City
Golden Coin
Gulick Delicatessen
Han Yang
Helenaís Hawaiian Food
Honolulu Community College cafeteria
Ideta
Jesse's
Kalani Korean BBQ
Kam Bowl/Kapiolani Coffee shop
Kennyís
Local Boys' Cafe on Democrat St.
Loulens
Meg's Drive Inn
Monarch Seafood
Mitsu-Ken
Nickís
Original Pancake house
Richieís Drive In
Sizzler
Spots Drive-In
Sugoi
Toshi's Delicatessen
Utage and
Violetís Grill
Waiakamilo Drive Inn
Wang's
Yoehi Sushi
Young Fish Market
YTL Koffee Haus
Zippy's

glossyp
January 15th, 2006, 08:01 AM
Okay, nice idea to list all of the places mentioned thus far. I've eaten at more than the ones I picked out from the list but they're the ones that stand out for me personally:

Helenaís Hawaiian Food - Deep fried butterfish collar and pipikaula are really good.

Ideta - Reliable Japanese.

Kennyís - Good seafood specials.

Nickís (Nico's) - Really good food almost all the time and great prices. One of the best pastry chefs on Oahu, Sami Choy, is baking there and you can order some of the dreamest cakes and pies - how about some Lilikoi Haupia Pie or Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Tartlett - sooooo yummy!

Original Pancake house - My favorite pancakes are here the 49'ers sourdough flapjacks.

Wang's - Really like their versions of Korean-Chinese food.

Yoehi Sushi - One of three or four really good sushi places in town.

Did I miss New Diner's Drive-In? One of the best cheeseburger values you can get.