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"New" Germaphobe

January 12th, 2015
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Some time ago Da Ohana and I ventured out to da Windward side for a "Discover Windward" event at Windward Mall. Its been a long time since I've "returned" as my ex (waaaaay back in da day) lived not too far from there and having practically lived there for years, it has changed - at least internally.

Something about da "oddah side" of da Koolau's makes da Windward side unique as you pass through any of da three tunnels just like being transported through time. I used to spend hours admiring da majestic peaks, waterfalls, supah early sunsets and perfect cuddling weather nearly every night... except wen we was disagreeing. :lol:

Walking around da event happening in da parking lot, it was like a homecoming of sorts with da air, da chill and all da familiar buildings still around (well, Starbucks wasn't around back then) then Da Keiki still being hungry, we went inside da mall to find something to eat.

As soon as I walked in I noticed dis wasn't Kansas anymore. Da food court was renovated with a new dining area and food vendors making it a pleasant surprise considering da before. Da decor was very modernized with Hawaiian contemporary and it was so...... "new" looking.

As Da Wife was ordering, I went ovah with da rugrats to kapu a table and noticing it was a little sticky so I busted out da wipes to clean it up. Aftah only a few swipes, Wilson was found......











I immediately told Da Keiki to get her hands off da table as I continued to wipe it down only to have to go through wat felt like half da container of wipes.



















Yea, dat was all from ONE table.

Wassup Wit Dat!

I couldn't believe how filthy it was and even moreso, how much accumulation of gunk there was as if da tables weren't evah wiped down since its blessing. I used a handful more wipes than pictured and each time felt like I was peeling layers off an onion. It was a little unsettling dat a place so "new" would be so gross already.

There was a couple a few tables down dat saw wat I was doing and they did a double take looking down at theirs having already gone through half their meal now trying to eat hovering ovah their trays and playing Operation trying not to touch their table.

Do you wipe down tables wen eating out? Evah wondah if they clean da rag they use to wipe down ALL da tables with? Do you look for newer tables? Have you seen Ala Moana's new tables? Do da leftovah watah marks aftah wiping da table with a rag gross you out? Evah been given wet glass or silverware?

At least da Koolau's were serene.








Shakanack Review: pancake & waffles BLD

December 3rd, 2014
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It's kine of a rarity dat da ohana actually go out and eat cause da rugrats end up getting ants in their pants so it was a gamble we were taking wen Da Wife wanted to check out a fairly new eatery dat opened up nearby.


pancakes & waffles BLD (breakfast, lunch, dinner) at Waimalu Shopping Plaza





It was pretty packed but da line moved surprisingly steady





Literally BLD





For those who order by picture-phonics





Order your food, grab a table.... no mind dat it's "country" style and make house





Chocolate chip pancakes





Ahhhh, da anticipation..... but Daddy gotta take picture first





Rice, bacon, eggs..... rogah, just rice, bacon & eggs - can't get any more generic than dat





Waffle benedict - a twist on a classic





Da damage





Disclaimer:
I no get "invited" to sample these places. I no get reimbursed for meals eaten. I no get asked/told by The Honolulu Star-Advertiser to check these places out so wat you get is a legit, straight up review from a local braddah who loves ono kanack kine grindz as much as he loves his beer. :mrgreen:






So hea's da breakdown:

ATMOSPHERE

Three Shakas and Bumbye



With da place still having da new car smell, it felt "clean". Da dining area appeared laid out as best as it could be but if it's packed, don't expect to dine in. There are high chairs against da wall for basically a "dine and go" type of thing since you can't sit face to face with your company but da draw back? Da line to order goes right behind your okole. Da table situation is well..... unique. If you're dining in they give you a numbah (pic above) and like da sign says, no be shy and share da tables with strangers... oops, neighbors. We lucked out and had a table of our own but had to wait for it to get cleared off which took waaaaay longer than it should have but wasn't surah if they couldn't handle da traffic or da workers weren't sure of their roles as a couple of them kinda walked aimlessly and nevah "hustle" recognizing a full house. I was still pretty close to my neighbor though.



KANACK VALUE

Three Shakas and Bumbye



Da prices seem to be on da average side for dine in but for take out, it would be considered juuuust a tad high.

Da Keiki had da chocolate chip pancakes which she enjoyed (obviously - wat keiki doesn't enjoy sugar and sugar for breakfast?) but couldn't finish it as it ended up being sugar ovahload. Da pancake was moist but da chocolate chips could have been spread out bettah to even out da bites. Da Wife had da original waffle (whipped cream was $1 extra - WWD! - talk about an absurd profit margin) which was cooked pretty good and moist but $6 for just one regulah flavah plus da whipped cream? Ai-goo :roll: It was tasty though but mo' bettah getting some real food for $7 no? Da Baby had da generic breakfast choice which was nothing special and I had da waffle eggs benedict which was surprisingly good. Da saving grace was da mini waffles it was on instead of da traditional toasted muffin. Da sauce could have been more tasty but not surah how as I felt it was missing an ingredient or two and da potatoes were not seasoned so those who like plain ole' dry potatoes, have at it.

Da damage for da three and a half of us was average but das without any drinks too.



OVERALL


Three Shakas and Bumbye



Da place is worth checking out especially if you're in da mood for something different but don't expect to be "wow'ed" at least with da choices we had. Da prices seem to be on da average side again for dine in but if you take out, can't say it's justified especially if you get pancakes or waffles and it'll end up being soggy wen you eat 'em at home so you get double whammy of paying too much for soggy food. :razz:

I did want to check out da lunch/dinner items so maybe next time as their oddah items sound ono too - especially da ones in da picture-phonics.

If you can get ovah da sharing a table with strangers and trying a new place, definitely check dis place out. Da food was tasty enough but no expect to kanack aftah thus da "mid" rating. Da waffle could have definitely been biggah along with da pancakes but at least they weren't chang with da potatoes even though was dry without seasoning. To put some perspective on it, I ate my plate, more than half of Da Keiki's pancakes, about a quarter of Da Baby's food and few bites of Da Wife's waffles and I could have ate some more fo' kanack......... but not at their price. :grin:








Shakanack Review: Koa Pancake House.... For Lunch

April 24th, 2014
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No bring one knife to a gun fight.

Das da case of dis review. As da name implies, they serve (focus) on breakfast food and I made a classic WWD! mistake of ordering....... lunch.





Combo Plate consisting of Meat Juhn & BBQ chicken with home fried potatoes and mac salad

Disclaimer:
I no get "invited" to sample these places. I no get reimbursed for meals eaten. I no get asked/told by The Honolulu Star-Advertiser to check these places out so wat you get is a legit, straight up review from a local braddah who loves ono kanack kine grindz as much as he loves his beer. :mrgreen:





So hea's da breakdown:

ATMOSPHERE

Three Shakas and a Bumbye



Typical no flash, sit your okole down, grind your grindz and pau. Da décor is not a let's take it easy and talk story and for wat it's worth, you won't feel like staying long anyways. It is busy in da morning - as expected - so wen we walked in during lunch time, it was fairly quick to order, grab a table and wait for our food.



KANACK VALUE

Two Shakas and a Go Figgah



Da prices are a bit on da high side for wat they offer but again, dis review is about their lunch, not breakfast, but dat nevah mattah cause personally I nevah care for da grinds dat I had to ingest. I should have taken da hint to order breakfast food at a breakfast place but I wasn't feeling like breakfast so I opted for a plate lunch. Big mistake.

Da chicken was ok - only one piece too, WWD!. Da meat juhn was edible. Da mac salad was "watery" (prefer da "thicker" kine) but I was especially disappointed in da home fries. Now das a breakfast type food no? I love potato kine foods but felt like I was eating.... starch. It wasn't seasoned at all which by da way their meat juhn and chicken was bland as well. There was absolutely nothing special about da food and da plain ole paper plate it was served on proved it. btw, we had it to go and it was wrapped in foil.

I can't imagine their rent being exorbitant compared to places like Ala Moana or Pearl Ridge so to go as far as serving bland food on paper plates beats da heck out of me.



OVERALL


Two Shakas and a Go Figgah



To be fair, keep in mind dat dis is a LUNCH review and not a breakfast review as I've had their breakfast albeit was a few years ago and from wat I can remembah, it was a lot bettah than wat I had recently.

Bottom line, no order lunch stuff - or anything else for da mattah - at a breakfast joint. Stick to da stuff dat keeps them successful and your opu won't be disappointed.... but leave it to me to figgah dat out for Da WWD! Hui. :grin:








Shakanack Review: 2 For Almost $30

February 26th, 2014
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It's been awhile but I finally got anoddah "vs" review. It's shmall kine hard to eat out with Da Baby and Da Keiki as both are on their own timetable and wat was originally planned for takeout to avoid da dreaded whining and/or crying and irritating oddah people, we ended up dining "in" since both times Da Baby was asleep and Da Keiki was in a "good mood". If anybody has eaten with keiki of any age, you know dat you really can't sit down, relax and enjoy your food thoroughly as they end up getting ants in their pants and doing da okole dance itching to get out and do anything but eat aftah they pau - nevah mind dat you nevah even take a single bite yet.

Wassup Wit Dat!

Da first place I've nevah been before but Da Wife has and since we were in da area picking up diapers and formula at Babies R Us, we decided to have lunch next door at La Tour Café.





I actually enjoyed da fact dat their menu was "simple". Being a first timer here, it was easy to navigate da menu and decide what I felt like eating fairly quickly although even though it was "limited", they ALL looked ono and hard to choose from.





From wat I could notice also was dat they sold oddah things in da display such as macaroons and oddah kine pastry things.





I totally forgot wat Da Wife had but it was ono!





I had da bacon jalepeno burger which was wagyu beef (cooked medium perfectly) and dat was onolicious! Da fries was spot on: not overly crispy, lightly salted and cut thicker than a McDonald's fry. It came with wat seemed like a buttermilk vinaigrette dressing/dip thing dat was supah ono! I tink they refer it as their house ranch dressing but it didn't taste completely like ranch. It didn't help my diet watsoevah but it certainly was yummy in da tummy.





And a drink to share. :grin: It sucks wen we do cause I like da diet stuff and Da Wife doesn't but chooses unsweetened stuff ovah da sugar too so guess wat dis was? Unsweetened ice tea...... which I can't stand but cause it's wat Da Wife likes had to "suck it up". :lol:






Da oddah place is a familiar place to most and on a rare night we was at Ala Moana Shopping Center Food Court and ate at Yummy's.





Da Wife had da mandoo plate with extra mandoo for Da Keiki along wit her choice of sides.





I had da bbq chicken/meat juhn combo to also share with Da Keiki with an extra vegetable choice instead of rice.





Da damage.





Disclaimer:
I no get "invited" to sample these places. I no get reimbursed for meals eaten. I no get asked/told by The Honolulu Star-Advertiser to check these places out so wat you get is a legit, straight up review from a local braddah who loves ono kine kanack grindz as much as he loves his beer. :mrgreen:






So hea's da breakdown:

ATMOSPHERE


Three Shakas and a Bumbye

La Tour Café in Pearl City is quite small and while we went on da later side of da lunch hour, it was still packed. It felt a little cramped and there were a handful of people standing idle on da side like vultures waiting to snatch up a table to dine on. Da place was clean - fairly new still - and da food delivery was a nice touch as you didn't have to wait at da counter for your food.

Ala Moana Center Foodcourt - well, it's a food court. It's always packed, it's noisy and da tables always need some sort of cleaning as da people before you tend not to clean/wipe up their messes buuuuuuut, it's a great place to people watch and just sit and eat leisurely. One HUGE disappointment though was dat they eliminated CHOKE tables from da already crowded area. Not sure if it was meant to add more room for foot traffic or less tables to clean but it sucked circling around endlessly with two strollers in tow looking for a big enough table to eat on.

Da edge does go to Ala Moana Center's Foodcourt though as just being able to people watch was entertainment enough.





KANACK VALUE


Three Shakas and a Bumbye

It's a sign of da times wea a $10 sandwich or plate lunch has become commonplace and both these places didn't pull apart from each oddah price wise although I've always thought of Ala Moana Food Court establishments as price gougers.

La Tour Café's food was ONOLICIOUS! Their food is unique and very tasty. I didn't expect much from them but our lunch was very much enjoyable. I've always be a proponent dat da bread was da key to a burger and it didn't disappoint although I do not know wat it was. Sadly upon ordering, I was asked if I wanted an egg on da sandwich which I accepted but didn't tink it was "extra" as it's listed in da menu description. I was disappointed dat they would offer it and not mention da extra charge. Did I kanack? Let's just say I was pleasantly satisfied and Da Wife ate all her's so I nevah have "extra".

Yummy's, well, is yummy. For wat you dish out money wise, their portions could be just a tad more - compared to Chun Wah Kam - but it will fill you up and put you in kanack mode unless your stomach was completely empty and even then you have to be a heavy eater like me to not kanack. Plus, I had "extra" finishing up Da Wife's plate. :grin: I was disappointed wit da service wen I picked up our order as I asked for extra hot sauce and shoyu and da manager asked da server how much was put in our package, gave me a pissy look and reluctantly - as if tinking whether to charge me or not - handed da extra sauces.

Da verdict? I tink............. it's a tie! They both have their own kanack "value" wea La Tour Café you'd really enjoy your food flavor-wise but if you want your tummy to extend a bit ovah da waist of your pants, den Yummy's is your bet. They both still expensive for my pocketbook but then again, I stay chang wen it comes to grindz.





OVERALL

Four Shakas and an Au'right!

So it depends wat you in da mood for but I tink both places have equal "value". They are within da "average" price range of food these days and da bill for both dinings came to just under $30. To me, for lunch for two and half, das kinda on da pricey side but not far from wat we would have normally spent anyways so in da end it was just wat you felt like eating.

In dis particular review, I gotta lean towards La Tour Café though as it did hit flavor town right on da spot. Maybe cause it was a different taste for me but to have been close to full AND enjoy every bite?

Priceless.








Shakanack Review: Battle Of Da Burger Results

September 3rd, 2013
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Howzit! Howzit!

I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend! Mines? Filled with cleaning house, running choke errands, taking care of Da Keiki cause she had a double ear infection, Da Baby was a lot more "vocal" dis weekend driving us shmall kine nuts, I made two mistakes in my Fantasy Football draft with my friends and now I tink I caught a cold. All in all, normal in da WWD! household. :lol:

If you've been following da last two Shakanack reviews, it was a throwdown between Teddy's Bigger Burger and The Counter. Aftah further review, da winnah of da battle goes to............

The Counter

Although they both weren't near da Kanack status, imho, The Counter had more ono tasting burgers, da ambiance was inviting, da service was waaay bettah and they definitely had da edge on choosing your options.

Da fall back to both places? Da price. You definitely going break da bank - for those flirting with budgets - whether you dining alone or with da ohana but if you like some change aftah forking ovah your kala, Teddy's has da edge on pricing.

I cannot speak for either place's shakes or desserts but it's not like we could totally afford to anyways. :roll:

All in all, you guys like one step up from Da Big 3 (Mickey's, Jack's, BK), then of course go check out one of these two places out but remembah, leave da checkbook and bring da plastic.

Out of curiosity, anybody make their own burgers?