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Serenity February 13th, 2011 01:15 AM

Restaurants & Fast Foods
 
What places do you recommend others to go to, &/or not to go to. Why &/or why not??

Serenity February 13th, 2011 01:21 AM

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I recommend you not to go & not even try to go to Blazin Steaks near pucks alley, cuz their chicken is sooo dry!!. I wouldn't ever want to go back there & waste my money again!!. :mad:

helen February 13th, 2011 04:38 AM

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Without knowning your food preferences it would be next to impossible to recommend anything. Speaking for myself I tend to eat at places that are either close to home or close to my work place and much as possible, either a take out or food court kind of place, mainly because I don't want to leave a tip or engage in conversation other than getting the order placed.

And far as trying to avoid places with lousy food and/or service that too is kind of problematic especially if one is judging on just one visit, the place could be short on staff or a training a new cook or batch of food had the wrong propotions of flavoring to it for that day.

tutusue February 13th, 2011 02:29 PM

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Originally Posted by helen (Post 265809)
[...]either a take out or food court kind of place, mainly because I don't want to leave a tip[...]

I'm of the belief...esp. when I see a tip jar next to the cash register...that tips are appreciated because food service is still being performed; less of a tip, of course, because there is no wait staff. I see this at Subway, Jamba Juice, Starbucks and food trucks; not McD's, JitB or Burger King. Do food court vendors not have tip jars?

Kaonohi February 13th, 2011 05:21 PM

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For drive-through Fast Foods I prefer Wendy's. Their prices are good, and they have the best chicken Nuggets in town. Burgers are great, too, better than the nearest competition.

For more healthy, less grease, there's Arby's roast beef sandwiches.

KFC always has tasted good, and now with grilled chicken is healthier.

Taco Bell has some inexpensive and healthy meals: bean burrito.

I like Blazin' Steaks steak plate - tender steak, rice and lettuce.

Subway has some nice combinations, I go about once a month.

I no longer eat at McD's (cardboard chicken, turf patties but the best fries!) or at Burger King (slimy burgers that slip off the bun). I ate at Jack-in-the box once, years ago, never again! (I don't even remember why).

K^

Fritz February 21st, 2011 07:10 PM

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http://www.yelp.com/biz/taes-teppany..._desc&start=40

Don't know how the link will work but I like

Tae's Teppanyaki on Makaloa alot. Ate there once a week for about half a year. Go occasionally now but still like it. Just moved on.

Now I Frequent Goma Tei almost weekly.

Ron Whitfield February 21st, 2011 09:05 PM

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Foodland, they have great ahi limu poke (w/some extra sesame seed oil), shrimp kim chee, key lime cheesecake, POG.
That a good semi-healthy lunch, and it's faster than waiting in some drive-thru lines.

leashlaws February 21st, 2011 09:29 PM

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Originally Posted by tutusue (Post 265817)
I'm of the belief...esp. when I see a tip jar next to the cash register...that tips are appreciated because food service is still being performed; less of a tip, of course, because there is no wait staff. I see this at Subway, Jamba Juice, Starbucks and food trucks; not McD's, JitB or Burger King. Do food court vendors not have tip jars?

I always leave something. Camille's on Wheels has a tip jar and she give them to her helper Paul.

timkona February 22nd, 2011 05:16 AM

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If you're ever in Kona, order food from Rosa's Cantina. But get it TO GO.

Bartender (Star) is very unfriendly.
Manager is just a rehab with caring parents.

But if Star and Jimbo aren't there....Then have a terrific time.

Great music. Great Food. Great view.

But get it TO GO!

bjd392 February 22nd, 2011 09:58 AM

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Originally Posted by Kaonohi (Post 265820)
I no longer eat at McD's (cardboard chicken, turf patties but the best fries!) or at Burger King (slimy burgers that slip off the bun). I ate at Jack-in-the box once, years ago, never again! (I don't even remember why).

K^

If I ever pull into a McDonalds, it'll probably be for their Sausage and Egg McMuffins. The only other item I'm willing to have on their menu is probably the Double Quarter Pounder. Everything else is crap.

As far as Jack in the Box (short of In N Out in California), it's my #1 nationwide fast food joint. Recall about a decade ago (or more? time flies), that there was an E. Coli scare at some Jack in the Boxes because they were doing the typical batch orders stuck under heat lamps. Because of this, Jack in the Box emphasizes their "we don't make it 'til you order it" slogan, ensuring heat and freshness. I haven't complained about a JB meal, but out here, it's mostly their service. The good thing about Jack's revised company is they are EXTREMELY responsive to feedback. If you have an order complaint or a coupon discrepancy, they will send you a coupon for a free item. I found this out when the server said buying a combo meal and an extra hamburger doesn't satisfy the "buy one X and get a free X of equal or lesser value." (So my combo burger doesn't qualify for getting a the exact same burger of lesser value?) The legitimate complaint was certainly enough to have them award me a coupon. I wasn't even expecting that.

Ron Whitfield February 22nd, 2011 12:19 PM

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Carl's Jr. has some good burgers. I'm fixated on the Western, with BBQ soz and onion rings, sans cheese, w/mayo, well done, $3.50. Looks and tastes like they flame grill. They also have fried zucchini slices w/Ranch that are good. That's the only fast food I'll do.

Frankie's Market February 22nd, 2011 10:44 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by timkona (Post 266049)
If you're ever in Kona, order food from Rosa's Cantina. But get it TO GO.

Bartender (Star) is very unfriendly.
Manager is just a rehab with caring parents.

But if Star and Jimbo aren't there....Then have a terrific time.

Great music. Great Food. Great view.

But get it TO GO!

I would think that it's rather difficult to enjoy the "great" music and the "great" view for long if you're ordering to go.

AbsolutChaos March 12th, 2011 05:25 AM

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Originally Posted by leashlaws (Post 266028)
I always leave something. Camille's on Wheels has a tip jar and she give them to her helper Paul.

Good to know! :-)

Part of my hesitation with tip jars is because I have no idea how the tip jar money is being distributed or for what the money is being used (because maybe it's not going back to the employees but is instead for general improvements for an establishment or for some other cause).

AbsolutChaos March 30th, 2011 07:17 AM

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Love Wendy's but my experiences with the one on Puuloa (which I've only visited twice in the course of 8 years, due to negative experience both times) would lead me to recommend not going to that particular location.

The first time was because of both the inefficient and non-caring service, plus the food that was obviously sitting under a heat lamp too long, even though the restaurant wasn't busy.

The second time was due to service again (repeated my order THREE times when initially ordering, only to get the wrong food afterward!), plus being ignored when going up to order a second time.

I'm usually pretty lenient with food service, having many pals in the industry, but this place goes beyond my tolerance. :mad:

AbsolutChaos March 30th, 2011 07:31 AM

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Originally Posted by bjd392 (Post 266056)
As far as Jack in the Box (short of In N Out in California), it's my #1 nationwide fast food joint. Recall about a decade ago (or more? time flies), that there was an E. Coli scare at some Jack in the Boxes because they were doing the typical batch orders stuck under heat lamps. Because of this, Jack in the Box emphasizes their "we don't make it 'til you order it" slogan, ensuring heat and freshness.

Because the Jack In the Box on McCully is on my route to the freeway, I admit to eating there way more often than I should via drive-thru. Be careful if you order something from the "value menu" too late/early in the morning. I've driven away many times, only to bite into a hard, stale bun that obviously spent way too much time "tanning" under the heat lamp. This only seems to be the case with certain value menu items on certain days. Other than that, if you request something from the non-value menu, everything still appears to be cooked to order.

HulaShakes March 30th, 2011 08:23 PM

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I went to Zippys the other day after been recommended the place as it was an Hawaiian business. We had the Chicken wings and Chilli. I must say I was quite disappointed. I really didn't think you could do Chilli wrong!

I have been a chef before and know that if you use fresh ingredients and don't leave things to sit in a pan all day you will generally be on to a winner.

I don't think I will be going back there again. :(

sophielynette March 31st, 2011 04:10 AM

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Ooooh, did you just insult Zippys Chilli? Careful with that. People love their Zippys.

Truth be told, I've been living here four years, and at first I hated Zippys. And part of the love for the place, I think, is that people here grew up on it. Kids fundraise with Zippys chili. You go to a pot luck, someone always brings Zippys.

It's slowly growing on me.

salmoned March 31st, 2011 02:43 PM

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Spray it with disinfectant, it'll subside. ;)

anapuni808 March 31st, 2011 07:49 PM

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Originally Posted by HulaShakes (Post 267078)
I went to Zippys the other day after been recommended the place as it was an Hawaiian business. We had the Chicken wings and Chilli. I must say I was quite disappointed. I really didn't think you could do Chilli wrong!

I have been a chef before and know that if you use fresh ingredients and don't leave things to sit in a pan all day you will generally be on to a winner.

I don't think I will be going back there again. :(

oh my - you've been on here less that a month, just 4 postings so far and you're already insulting a local well-loved institution! Really bad form :) as for the chili? they serve at least 3 different kinds - which one did you have?

Zippy's is a family style local restaurant, not gourmet. They specialize in local style, regular food. and of course, pastries. Zippy's is where folks go to eat quick or to eat slow with friends. Many people schedule their meetings there. Its frequented by everyone from former governors to attorneys to regular, every day people.

Did you know there are people on the mainland who actually crave Zippy's chili? thats why there are the Zip Packs and freezer packs.

I pity the fool who doesn't like Zippy's. :D

Ron Whitfield March 31st, 2011 11:05 PM

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Shakes, you ain't the only one that won't be back now that they've priced everything beyond worth. Zippys is like sticky rice, it's good only because most parents couldn't cook rice right and so many grew up thinking it was great, especially the bottom scrape. But, they're open 24 hrs. and lots of dingbats are there in various stages of dress and reality.

Honoruru April 1st, 2011 12:31 AM

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Hulashakes, you've stirred up a hornet's nest. And that's a good thing! Maybe we should do a thread on Zippy's chili. Oh, wait! I seem to remember we did, a long time ago, right here--Zippy's Chili has mayo!

My own view of Zippy's chili: I think it's overrated. I used to like it, and in many ways I still do, but there are better chilis out there. I think Rainbow Drive-In chili is better. But I think the best are always home-made.

btwnc2c April 1st, 2011 03:12 AM

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I think that HulaShakes gave his honest personal opinion on his take on Zippy's chili. Why would it be an insult and why would anyone be offended by it? Give him a break. I live on the Mainland, I've gone to the store and purchased it frozen to see what it's all about and truthfully, it's nothing to rave about. It's just a chili, no more-no less. I've lived in the MidWest and SouthWest ~ NOW you're talking chili!

anapuni808 April 1st, 2011 02:40 PM

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that's right - it's just chili, no more/no less. but, nobody is trying to pass it off as anything spectacular. There are those who like it, those who don't. The ones who don't like it don't eat it. It's really simple. I personally really like a bowl of Zippy's chili (no beans version), rice and a nice piece of the buttered & fried cornbread. But, its a treat - not something I eat every day (or even every week). It's just regular ordinary food.

I prefer the chili that I cook at home.

Ron Whitfield April 1st, 2011 03:20 PM

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Originally Posted by anapuni808 (Post 267123)
a nice piece of the buttered & fried cornbread.

Extra browned! That's my fave thing on the menu by far. The chili is generic, so not to offend anybody except those that know good chili.

AbsolutChaos June 3rd, 2011 03:45 PM

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Originally Posted by btwnc2c (Post 267120)
I've lived in the MidWest and SouthWest ~ NOW you're talking chili!

Agreed! Think HT needs to have a chili cook off contest. I'll judge! :D
Actually, I don't eat beef, so I've only had the vegetarian version of Zippy's. Didn't care for it. Need my chili SPICY please!


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