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    Quote Originally Posted by Erika Engle
    I remember seeing a guy eating a DOUBLE loco-moco he'd ordered at K's Drive Inn (by Kadota's Liquors).
    During my first semester in Hilo, especially those first weeks when I was still waiting for my student-loan check, K's was a lifesaver. It had single locos for just over a buck-fifty, I think (this was in 1993). One scoop or rice, one thin shoe-leather patty, one egg, lots of pretty decent gravy. I never liked the food there, but I liked the prices enough to keep going back in those lonely first days. I didn't have a car, and I lived across the river, so K's was a nice place to stop on my way home in the rain after that last Japanese class.
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    While we're drifting on the Loco Moco, Big City Diner's REALLY LOCO, LOCO MOCO is excellent. A HUGE 1/2 lb. GRILLED burger and egg on rice with one of the best brown gravies I've tried in recent memory. All topped with tasty caremelized onions. Just $6 bucks is a pretty good deal considering the portions and great taste.

    Back to Chili (and value), nobody can beat the CHILI DOG PLATE from Richie's Drive Inn on N. King st. across the post office near Farrington HS. For just $3.85 you get a huge serving of their house-made (no pre-processed bags) Chili, TWO hot dogs, 2 scoops rice, mac salad AND a small drink! Their Chili can be described as intense in flavor. Simple as that. Richie used to be the cook for many years at Rainbow Drive Inn back in their glory days. Richie's is also the ONLY place I've seen where you can order a plate lunch at a drive-through window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pomai
    While we're drifting on the Loco Moco, Big City Diner's REALLY LOCO, LOCO MOCO is excellent. A HUGE 1/2 lb. GRILLED burger and egg on rice with one of the best brown gravies I've tried in recent memory. All topped with tasty caremelized onions. Just $6 bucks is a pretty good deal considering the portions and great taste.[...]
    It's soooo big that it serves 2 people adequately! I've done that on several occasions and don't think I've ever finished my half! Splitting the bill makes for a very frugal (and filling) breakfast!

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    Well portions and Zippy's certainly don't go hand-in-hand. It seems their prices increased while portions decreased.

    I LOVE their fried noodles and Somen Salad. But $5.50 for a plate of NOODLES? Sheesh, their profit margin on that is probably better than Shave Ice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pomai

    Back to Chili (and value), nobody can beat the CHILI DOG PLATE from Richie's Drive Inn on N. King st. across the post office near Farrington HS. For just $3.85 you get a huge serving of their house-made (no pre-processed bags) Chili, TWO hot dogs, 2 scoops rice, mac salad AND a small drink! Their Chili can be described as intense in flavor. Simple as that. Richie used to be the cook for many years at Rainbow Drive Inn back in their glory days. Richie's is also the ONLY place I've seen where you can order a plate lunch at a drive-through window.
    Oh man, this is good to learn! I loved Rainbow's chili dog plate! I must try this! Thanks for the tip, Pomai!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pomai
    Their Chili can be described as intense in flavor. Simple as that.
    I'll go a little further with the description. I wouldn't call it "intense," but it's a lot better than at most plate-lunch places. It's very tomatoey, which I consider a good thing, and I find it a little flat, which I don't. However, you get a lot of food for your $3.85, and those two hot dogs plus small drink more than make up for any shortcomings the chili has in the flavor department. I do not consider this very good chili, but I think it's a very good deal.
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    I think the last time I have been to Zippy's was around 6 to 7 months ago. And I don't think it was for the chili.

    As far as Hilo goes, I used to go to Cafe 100 during the weekend, their hamburgers were okay and they was the closest to UH Hilo. But I remember K's too but they were slightly farther away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erika Engle
    There USED to be a Wendy's in Hilo ... on Kilauea Ave., mauka of Kaiko'o Mall. My sister worked there, after I moved to Oahu.
    She said all the overdone burgers from the grill wound up in the chili.
    Maybe that's why there USED to be a Wendy's in Hilo?
    That's when Danny(alooooha!) K owned all the Wendy's(he went bankrupted). Now that building is Starbucks .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pomai
    Richie's is also the ONLY place I've seen where you can order a plate lunch at a drive-through window.
    At the risk of sounding like a dinosaur who lives in the past, I remember getting drive-through plate lunch from Jolly Roger on Dillingham, when KSSK was at 1505 Dillingham Plaza. Fried shrimp plate! Mahi plate! Yum!

    I talked with many business folk about why they didn't put another eatery in that location, or like, a drive-through coffee place, but I was told, without variance, that the landlord wanted too much money for the spot.

    The building was since razed to make way for an -- auto parts store?

    That chili-dog plate sounds winnahs! Esp. w/the Rainbow connection. (get it? nyuk nyuk).
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    Quote Originally Posted by pzarquon
    Say, Scriv, why not just e-mail the customer service address at Zippys.com and ask if there's a difference between the packed-for-shipping and restaurant chili formulas?
    Got a reply back from Monica, a friendly customer service rep at Zippys.com, who reports:

    "Our Quality Assurance manager has informed me that the shipped Chili and the Chili sold in our stores are the same - the ingredients and recipes are identical."

    So, folks buying from Nebraska can rest assured that the stuff they're getting is the same as what we get in Zippy's restaurants. But the folks eating at the restaurants may be as surprised as Scriv originally was as to some of the ingredients!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alohabear
    .....and no Wendy's too Craig Wendy's has good chili(not good enough to drive 100 miles to Kona).

    Wendy's gotta be really hot and juicy (thank you Andy Bumatai for that description of Wendy's I'll never forget ) for me to travel a hundred miles for

    How about that new Patty on Patty technology by Burger King? I'm thinking some nasty thoughts right now.

    And Erika...isn't Popeye's still a drive thru near the old KSSK dive? That was an interesting radio location with the two elevators going up labeled "Perry" and "Price" guess which one was on the right.

    After KHVH joined KSSK at the now Dole Cannery location, is when I started noticing a bit of an off the fence toward the right political affiliation from Uncle Mikey. Ya think Rick and Rush may have had an influence on Mr. Perry?
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    Quote Originally Posted by craigwatanabe
    Wendy's gotta be really hot and juicy (thank you Andy Bumatai for that description of Wendy's I'll never forget ) for me to travel a hundred miles for

    How about that new Patty on Patty technology by Burger King? I'm thinking some nasty thoughts right now.

    And Erika...isn't Popeye's still a drive thru near the old KSSK dive? That was an interesting radio location with the two elevators going up labeled "Perry" and "Price" guess which one was on the right.

    After KHVH joined KSSK at the now Dole Cannery location, is when I started noticing a bit of an off the fence toward the right political affiliation from Uncle Mikey. Ya think Rick and Rush may have had an influence on Mr. Perry?
    I haven't been by HT in what seems like days. Sorry for my delay.
    I've not done the drive-through thing at Popeye's Dillingham in years, though I did dine in there within the past ... year? Red beans are still real good.
    I'd forgotten about the P&P elevators. Funny!
    Mike and Larry have always said, "Perry on the left, Price on the right," since the very first morning they signed on ... because of the sides of the studio they occupied when they first said it. Political inclinations had nothing to do with it, it was literal. Then, Larry's Midweek column was named "The Right Price."
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    Mmm... just picked up a box of Zippy's Chili at the Uwajimaya today. Maybe I just have a taste for yuckified fast food but I think it's lovely!

    So bad for you and yet so tasty

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrivener View Post

    I check the ingredients, and holy cow. This thing is loaded with stuff you don't expect in take-out food. You know, preservatives and stuff. Naturally (or unnaturally), I expect this stuff from packaged food, but when I order chili at a restaurant, especially chili that a restaurant considers a specialty, I expect just chili. I've been places (sit-down places, even) where I suspected the chili came out of a can; however, one doesn't think of Zippy's chili as being equivalent to what comes out of a can....
    ...I feel betrayed.
    me, too! this mornin' i went over to zippy's makiki to have breakfast whilst cramming for a bus law final. i initially thot i was gonna have an omelet, but then i also wanted chili/brown rice. but the server put the breakfast side of the menu up, and i noticed for the first time ever that they have chili omelets. ha! best of both worlds--i can have my chili and still have it be breakfast.

    granted, it's not as if anyone can realistically expect healthy food from zippy's, brown rice or not....

    but still...as much preservatives etc as canned? BLEH!!! and BLEH some more. by the way, did i say BLEH? cause BLEH!!! *scowl*

    and chili is the only thing really worth eating there now that they're so expensive! would that richie's were 24 hours!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pomai View Post
    Back to Chili (and value), nobody can beat the CHILI DOG PLATE from Richie's Drive Inn on N. King st. across the post office near Farrington HS. For just $3.85 you get a huge serving of their house-made (no pre-processed bags) Chili, TWO hot dogs, 2 scoops rice, mac salad AND a small drink! Their Chili can be described as intense in flavor. Simple as that. Richie used to be the cook for many years at Rainbow Drive Inn back in their glory days. Richie's is also the ONLY place I've seen where you can order a plate lunch at a drive-through window.
    Dropped by today for their chili plate. When did they raise the price to $4.33? Still not a bad deal...

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    Just seen an Oceanic TV spot last night for a new Zippy's special called "Chili Moco", which consists of rice, topped with a hamburger patty, chili and 1 egg (mac' salad not included) for $5.45.

    To hell with that New Year's weight loss resolution. lol

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    If there's one thing I miss about Oahu...it's Zippy's. We do get the Chili in the frozen form sold in most markets here but it's just not the same.

    If Zippy's opened in Hilo they'd destroy Ken's Pancake house. But then again that may not be a bad idea as it seems every other time our family dines at Ken's, we get sick from bad food. Yeah don't eat their Won Ton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigwatanabe View Post
    If there's one thing I miss about Oahu...it's Zippy's. We do get the Chili in the frozen form sold in most markets here but it's just not the same.

    If Zippy's opened in Hilo they'd destroy Ken's Pancake house. But then again that may not be a bad idea as it seems every other time our family dines at Ken's, we get sick from bad food. Yeah don't eat their Won Ton.
    As late as last year, I thought they were planning to open a store in Kahului. They were even starting to hire management staff for the store. Now, nada. Wonder what happened? There's no Neighbor Island locations listed on their website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miulang View Post
    As late as last year, I thought they were planning to open a store in Kahului. They were even starting to hire management staff for the store. Now, nada. Wonder what happened? There's no Neighbor Island locations listed on their website.

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    As far as the Big Island goes, there's this rumor that Zippy's and Cafe 100 (here on the Big Island) had a gentleman's agreement not to compete here (in Hilo).

    Zippy's would do very well at the Prince Kuhio Mall as Dotty's closed down last year leaving a big restaurant space available (and still vacant). Dotty's had a similar setting quite like Zippy's so I'm sure they could fit in very well.

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    I heard that Zippy's at one time planned to open in Kailua-Kona, but opposition by other businesses there derailed that.

    Anyway, although I often purchase chili benefit tickets for fundraisers (I always buy FOOD tickets, forget about CALENDERS), I much rather prefer the chili from RAINBOW DRIVE-INN, with or without the hot dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oceanpacific View Post
    I heard that Zippy's at one time planned to open in Kailua-Kona, but opposition by other businesses there derailed that.
    What other businesses? There's only Denny's. Everything else is catered for the tourists. And please don't tell me Uncle Billy's is competition. Zippy's would do very well on this island.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigwatanabe View Post
    As far as the Big Island goes, there's this rumor that Zippy's and Cafe 100 (here on the Big Island) had a gentleman's agreement not to compete here (in Hilo).

    Zippy's would do very well at the Prince Kuhio Mall as Dotty's closed down last year leaving a big restaurant space available (and still vacant). Dotty's had a similar setting quite like Zippy's so I'm sure they could fit in very well.
    I wonder if there's some 100th Battalion connection between the Cafe 100 family and the Higa family, of Zippy's -- that would result in such a gentleman's agreement? Hmmm ...

    Also, you prolly know by now, Craig, that IHOP is going into the old Dotty's space. It will be run by the Espinos -- the franchisees who have the Waikiki location and who are developing the WWMall location, following the Wests' inability to move forward in that spot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pomai View Post

    To hell with that New Year's weight loss resolution. lol
    Weight loss resolution and food blog writing don't exactly compliment each other.

    As far as Zippy's Chili goes....I gave it a shot, and tho' I don't eat alot of chili, it was pretty damn good. I wonder if it's available here.

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    Where is "here," Tikiyaki?

    Lest I cause you to reveal something you'd prefer to hold close to the vest, if you're in the Pacific Northwest, Uwajimaya sells Zippy's chili frozen. I believe they also sell Zippy's curry the same way, in boil-in-bags.

    Other mainland retailers may, as well, but I dunno.

    However, Zippy's also does e-commerce -- though it's not what I'd consider cheap.

    http://www.zippys.com/

    L&L Hawaiian Barbecue also sells Hawaii food and beverage items at several mainland L&L locations. (I mean, in addition to plate lunches, such as frozen lau lau to take home.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erika Engle View Post
    Where is "here," Tikiyaki?
    Oops...Southern Cal. Burbank to be exact.

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