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Shakanack Review: Fatboy's Kailua

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September 6th, 2016



Not being in an area we frequent often - with Da Rugrats grumbling about wanting some (late) lunch - it's tough to find a place yet alone know wea's a good place to eat so we did wat anyone else would do, pulled out our lifeline's: 1) drive around aimlessly "looking" for watevah would catch our eye, 2) utilize da 'smart'phone checking out Yelp and searching for da "best places to eat in Kailua" and last but not least 3) I phoned (texted) a friend who lives in da community.

He suggested Times Coffee Shop which I've always wanted to try but they were set to close in half hour so that was out. While driving, Da Keiki ovahheard Da Wife reading da menu from Teddy's Bigger Burger and by subliminal behest, they now wanted corn dogs - so Teddy's it is.

Once we got there, a table opens up outside and we sit. Da Wife goes inside to grab a menu and she said there's about 10-12 people standing in line so while we mull ovah da menu, Da Baby needed to go to da bathroom. As Da Wife goes half way around da block to find a bathroom, I was unable to just leave Da Keiki at da table to order and guess wat happens? Either da Japanee tour bus came or everybody was pau with da beach cause about twenty malahini strolled on in just as Da Wife and Da Baby come back.

Wassup Wit Dat!

I tell Da Wife there's no way we going wait and I spock Fatboy's right across da street. I always wanted to check dat place out too so we serendipitous-ly walked on ovah.

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:


Da Wife and Da Baby shared a "Fatboy's Bento" ($9). Da Wife said da shrimp tempura was good. Da spam and hotdog were... well, it's spam and a hotdog - standard pieces of a local bento. Da garlic chicken was good but da teri-beef? Well, you be da judge. If you think it looks like dried leather and asking wea's da "teri"... you ain't wrong.


Da Keiki had da teri-burger ($7) which was 'ovahpowered' by da bun which was a perfect soft and fluffy size for a burgah. Scratch dat, it was more like not enough burgah.


You can't forget da fries ($2.79) which was unevenly salted if you check out da concentrated white dots.


I had da garlic chicken plate ($9 - Kailua location "special price") with brown rice (extra but fo'got how much). Da garlic chicken was juicy and tender while da breading ratio was in balance with each cut of chicken. Da sweet garlic flavor rivals Mitsu-ken but da mac salad, I wouldn't go for seconds. For a $9 plate lunch, da mac salad was bland with nothing else inside of it like tuna or potato or egg or anything. Basically mac, mayo and barely any slivers of carrots - pretty sad mac salad.

So hea's da breakdown:

ATMOSPHERE

Three Shakas and Bumbye

On a Sunday afternoon, da location (strip mall) proved to be quiet enough as da neighboring stores were closed to enjoy your meal and an excellent place to people watch as da sidewalks and crosswalk action proved to be 'exciting' with all da malahini. Da only dining area is outside on cast iron chairs and tables with barely any shade. We lucked out got da only table under da eave but as da sun crept in, it got warm in a hurry.

KANACK VALUE

Two Shakas and a Go Figgah

At an average of $9+ person for a 'plain' plate lunch, you're asking yourself "wea's da kama'aina discount?" Da portions can't even justify da price and there's no way you getting any kanack value out of any one of da meals we had. Da biggest disappointment? How can you charge $7 for a teri-burger and 1) not even have enough meat to cover da bottom bun and 2) not even come with fries?? (WWD!) Adding da chang-a-lang $3 fries which you could eat in a few bites, Da Keiki had da most expensive "meal" and it was considerably less than wat Da Wife and I had - did I mention it didn't come with a drink either?

OVERALL

Two Shakas and a Go Figgah

Their only saving grace was da garlic chicken oddahwise it would be a single shaka and even then, my plate could have handled one or two pieces more easily. Aftah spending ovah $40 with a large soda and bottled watah, dat was definitely one disappointing lunch. If you got money to spend, by all means happy trails to you but if you're in da mood to save a buck or two or three, I would look elsewhere - unless someone is buying me lunch and they chose da place, dis isn't even a blip on my radar. We 'saved' $10 compared to if we ate at Teddy's.

Would you rather save $10 or eat it?

Shakanack Review: Regal Kapolei Commons 12

By
July 14th, 2016



Contrary to belief, Da Wife and I don't go out much and if/when we do, it's pretty much a been there-done dat kine of thing so wen she said she wanted to go see a movie as our date/anniversary night, I was surprised to say da least considering we've only watched about five movies in an actual theater in da last decade.

I know, I know.... Wassup Wit Dat!

In fact I probably can list da movies: Star Wars-The Force Awakens, Twilight (da first one), Lord Of The Rings - The Two Towers... ok, maybe I can't.

We decided to check out da newly built theaters at Kapolei Commons since they boasted a new way to watch movies with reclining seats and food trays amongst oddah things.

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:


Was a classic WWD! moment wen a 'brand new' place had stuff broken already. Dis watah feature does its own little Bellagio watah show synchronized with lights. It's a kid magnet too so watch out for little ones running around.


Reminded me of college lecture halls with swing out desks.


Da controls to recline. I gotta say dat da motor to lift da leg rests and recline were awesome! Pressure sensitive to control speed and really fast and quiet motor.


Da popcorn box is HUGE now wea you can pour out da popcorn from da bag into da box and it doesn't 'leak' either!


Perfect for short Asians! 😆 They left more than enough space dat when you're legs are fully extended, people can still walk by without having to put da leg rest down.


A word of (WWD!) warning, do NOT place your hands/fingahs in between da seat cushions - you're going to regret it! Thank goodness I nevah but I noticed dat da seats aren't wiped down between shows nor are their food trays. You can see all da 'sticky' soda residue around da cup holder.

So hea's da breakdown:

ATMOSPHERE

Five Shakas and a Howzit Howzit!

Considering da theaters are still new, it was a nice setup. Da exterior is a decent size to meet up with people and once da one or two restaurants open up, I can only imagine it'll be a one stop night out to dine and watch. Da food lines had every register open so no one had to wait in line long for their goodies and they even had decent non-traditional movie theater foods like cheeseburgers, chicken tenders and oddah stuff you nevah would expect in a theater. It was also a sign of da times dat we ordered our tickets online and just had to show da barcode on our smartphones aftah we got our snacks. Da seats were supah comfy, da reclined positions were numerous and you felt like a rock star. One suggestion though, bring wipes - antibacterial - to wipe down your seat and tray and keep your hands away from da black hole cause you nevah know wat's in there.

KANACK VALUE

Three Shakas and Bumbye

Da price of movies is pretty expensive especially if it's +1 or with ohana but just da chairs alone is kinda worth it especially if you're watching a long movie. For those ordering online, there is a convenience fee of $3 (per transaction I believe) but you're able to "reserve" your actual seat! Now dat was supah cool although you could also save a great deal should you buy your tickets from credit unions or Costco. And it wouldn't be WWD! if we nevah witness da three times da seats next to us had people in da wrong seats and bussing out their tickets to show each oddah 'proof' dat they in da wrong seat. Too funny, how people no can even find da right seats even though get da big numbahs in plain sight directly on da trays. 😆 Da concession prices though is wat dropped a shaka from da rating as we all know it's ovah priced but we still buy 'em; at least da popcorn and no lie, you carry big purse or wear cargo shorts for a reason. 😉 😉

OVERALL

Four Shakas and Auuu'right!

If you into movies, you gotta check out Regal Theaters at Kapolei Commons - those chairs really make a difference. Nothing more I can say oddah than just bring those wipes and enjoy da show.

Check out Regal Kapolei Commons 12 for show times and ordering options.

Stay Tuned.....

By
July 12th, 2016



Yeah, I'm just stringing you buggahs along but I got a Shakanack review coming up (trouble uploading the pics 🙁 ) but should be up by tomorrow morning. Nothing big but just haven't done one in awhile, well, actually haven't been out in choke long time either - so sad yeah? lol

Stay tuned for da 'coming attractions'. 😉 😉

Shakanack Review: Anna Miller's

By
December 11th, 2015



We all know if and when there is anything to do with da 808, we all kinda fill up with pride. We have a certain "expectation" such as Zippy's with their locally infamous chili, Zip Min or fried chicken.

Then get da kine "haole" version's of local kine stuff. Das wat Anna Miller's is, da haole version of Zippy's.

Anna Miller's get all da kine haole comfort foods along with local favorites and desserts - specifically pies - as well. They also are equally busy but if you've evah been to both, you know right away dat da "clientele" for both are noticeably different. There's absolutely nothing wrong with dat but it is readily recognizable.

A few month's ago, Da Wife and I took Da Ohana out for breakfast on a Saturday morning.

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:






Da Baby had just regulah buttermilk pancakes. You can see him hovering ovah it cause I told him wait.... so I could do dis review for da WWD! Hui. 😆





Da Keiki had her standing order chocolate chip pancakes. As da waitress said, "no worry, there's plenty more chocolate below" and she nevah lie, had choke. Da chocolate chips weren't cooked in but rather sprinkled on each pancake instead.





Da Wife had an omelette with fried rice and came with hash browns cooked with lots of butter on both...... soooooo bad but oooooohhhhh so good. 😀





I had da loco moco with brown rice.... pretty surah da gravy was from a powder but not 100% positive but it did have a good flavah.





It wouldn't be WWD! if nevah have one "aftah" pic........ you would think dat a cracked bowl wouldn't pass quality control no? Wassup Wit Dat!




So hea's da breakdown:



ATMOSPHERE

Four Shakas and Auuu'right!

It's a unique building in dat it is round and depending wea you sit, has panoramic views of Lex Brodie's, Al's Tinting, Chevron, Starbucks or da deteriorating Kamehameha Hwy. 😆 Da waiting area inside and out is comfortable but da dining area has a certain charm in dat it is "diner-like". Da kitchen is exposed, it's loud and you know it's not a place for an intimate meal so no compare dat. Booth seating was comfortable in dat da seat backs are high and cushiony enough and da waitresses were "seasoned". Basically eat, talk story and noise - good stuff.



KANACK VALUE


Three Shakas and Bumbye


Compared to their "local" counterpart, both their prices are around the same range but I certainly have to side with Anna Miller's because their portions seem biggah. Not just da portions but da size of da actual food. I know da pancakes were thicker, da omelette wasn't "flat" and da hamburgah was "tall". For da price, it fit da average bill to portion ratio for a sit down meal.



OVERALL

Four Shakas and Auuu'right!

More like a Three and a half Shakas but no mo' half. 😆 Simply put, if you going for a Zip run but want more haole food, dis da place for you. Da food is tasty and portion's are just right especially aftah an adult beverage event. They even offer a 24hr breakfast menu for those who love breakfast foods. Da only drawback is da waitlist... and da occasional dishware dat should be retired. If you plan on eating at da "normal" times for breakfast, lunch or dinnah, be prepared to be wait listed. It really isn't too bad but just seeing your name below a dozen above you won't make your grumbling tummy happy. It's definitely a place to think about going to if you evah have gone around asking everyone wea they like eat and somebody says, "let's go someplace different". Actually, it was Da Wife and I's first date there many, many moons ago..... some place "different". 😯

Check out their menu at:










Never Forget

By
December 7th, 2015



In all dis holiday madness and rush, today will seem like any oddah day for da current - and future - generations.

But for those who are still around and makule enough, have dis day stamped in our coconut shells. It's something we all can share with future generations but as history shows, it diminishes with every passing year and becomes nothing more than a chapter you have to read about in high school World History class.

Personally, I'll never forget da experience I had with a fellow Kwonic, NEO, who blessed us with a personal tour of the USS Missouri. It was surreal like and many a chicken skin moment was had as we took in all da mo'olelo's he had to share and da vast massiveness of da ship. NEO was recently lucky enough to share his mana'o with da NFL which he was giddy about. 😀

Can't believe it was more than five years ago but click hea to revisit our amazing journey (History You Take For Granted..... Right Under Our Noses).

Also, if you get a chance, check out da Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade which will start at Fort DeRussey and go along da famed Kalakaua Avenue all da way to da Waikiki Shell. One of our faithful Kwonic, King Katonk, has one of his keiki participating all da way from California! Check out da acclaimed Arcadia High School Marching Band (tentatively #57 out of 59 groups).

For those who are unable to make it but still wanted to check it out, it is streaming live at 6pm on www.pearlharborparade.org. Check it out.

Dis date will live in infamy..... as long as we keep it dat way.








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