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Oct 17, 2008 11:16 PM

Fried Chicken on Oahu

Between watching the Chicken and Waffles Throwdown ( and some chatter on other websites, I've got a craving for chicken and waffles. Now, I'm assuming that I probably can't find it here on Oahu, but I'd settle for good, southern-style, fried chicken. Anyone have any suggestions?

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  1. I hate (really hate) to say this, but the best fried chicken I know of is popeyes (Kalihi). Some people really like the fried chicken at Wailana Coffee Shop in Waikiki, but I've never been that impressed. I've heard the "little red hen" chicken at Byrons (by the Airport) is good, but I've never had it.

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    1. re: KaimukiMan

      Oh, bite your tongue!!! Popeye's? Only my MIL would say that. [Grin]

      Actually, I've not been impressed with FC in Hawai`i, though MIL did eat every moya in the Islands, last time we took her there. Big chicken shortage, after she left.

      Her vote was for Wailana Coffee Shop, and she lived one block from a Popeye's in New Orleans.

      To be honest, I have not been impressed by any. Now, I am a FC fan, but then I am luckily married to a great cook (near chef) and she does some bang-up FC. Also, we both grew up in the Deep South (Mainland), so we have been blessed with some of the best on Earth.

      I'll be interested to see what sorts out on this thread, as we hope to get MIL back, if her health holds up.



      1. re: Bill Hunt

        please dont use initials or letters-we have no idea wtf u are talking or refering to!

        1. re: UES Mayor

          I'm wondering what a moya is. The initials are easy to figure out.

          1. re: UES Mayor

            Sorry about that. I did not mean to confuse you.

            Also, I see that I have a typo, that I did not catch. Must have been too much Petite Syrah.

            First "moya," was supposed to be "moa." Do not know where the "y" came from. Maybe I was thinking about tennis.

            Now, let's have a little lesson.

            FC is "fried chicken," the title of the request

            MIL is "mother-in-law," the person who ate every "moa" on O`ahu

            Mainland is that larger place across much of the Pacific, i.e. not in the Islands

            Deep South is an area of the "Mainland" (see above), that is often deliniated by the "Mason-Dixon Line," though is now more ideologic, than geographic.

            Earth is that planet, on which we live. It is often referred to as "Blue Planet," and is often depicted in NASA photographs.

            Aloha is a greeting, or a parting comment. It also signifies a "spirit," and is often used in the closing of a letter, or similar.

            Petite Syrah is a grape varietla that is often fermented into wine. It is a small berried grape with intense black cherry, tar and tobacco notes. Young, it exhibits heavy tannins, but these usually fade with age.

            Tannins are both chemical aspects and tasting aspects of wines (usually reds) and come from the contact of the grape juice ("must") with the skins of the grape. There are many descriptors of the attributes of "tannins," but when the wine is well-made, they become part of the "structure" of the wine.

            OK class, any more questions?


              1. re: Sarah

                Hawaiian for "chicken."

                Sorry about the "y," but that is the way that it goes sometimes.


          2. re: Bill Hunt

            Man the first time I had a layover in Atlanta... I ate some Fried Chicken, Collards & Black Eye Peas at an airport bar.... revelatory even though I am sure it wasn't comparable to the best in town.... its so blew away everything available in L.A.... it wasn't even funny.

            1. re: Eat_Nopal

              EN (Eat Nopal),

              Glad that you got to sample a bit of Deep South (that general geographic area, often deliniated as south of the imaginary "Mason Dixon Line"), even if it was at Hartsfield-Jackson (Atlanta International Airport, in IATA parlayance "ATL," one of the busiest airports in the world). Yes, you might not have tried the best, but you got to experience some of the fare. When it comes to FC (fried chicken), there are so many variations and different recipes, that it is hard to find a definitive example, even if one were to dine throughout the Deep South (see above).

              Now, EN, have you discovered any good FC in the Islands (the Hawaiian Islands)? I know that you are a culinary adventurer so I would expect that you would have tried all sorts of cuisine, since your move.

              BTW (by the way), thanks for your previous posts on the culinary "scene" in Hawai`i. They are greatly appreciated.

              Mahalo (Hawaiian for "thank you")


              1. re: Bill Hunt

                The only FC I've had here... don't laugh... is KFC... my wife is pregnant with our second... nuff said.

                1. re: Eat_Nopal

                  EN (Eat Nopal), I forgive you. Once, on O`ahu, I had my first "chicken Mc Nuggets." (chicken parts of almost unknown origin, but purported to be from a chicken)I have never let those pass my lips since. OK, I have "sinned." I ask for forgivness, and absolution.

                  If you do run across some FC (fried chicken), please help the OP out, as I cannot. The closest to Deep South (you know that area of the Mainland below that Mason-Dixon Line) was the Dixie Grill [exact name?] on Ward, but it is now gone. I did not have FC (see above), but did have some other "Southern" fare, that was pretty good.

                  Please keep the repots coming, as I greatly respect your culinary savvy.

                  Aloha (meant to mean, "until we meet again"),


        2. At the distinct risk of sounding like a broken record, I like Zippy's fried chicken. Nice and juicy inside, crispy outside, and salty. Another bonus - you can probably get waffles there, too.

          My two other favorite fried chickens when I was a kid were Chicken Alice's (now closed but you can get the recipe on the Star Bulletin website) and a little convinience store in McCully kitty-corner from the rec center (no idea if it's still there or still serving the chicken)- both nice and spicy.

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          1. re: akq

            Yes! I used to love to go to Chicken Alice's! I think I've adapted to the lack of really really
            good Southern type fried chicken by enjoying a mochiko chicken order every now and then.
            I know my Dr. is glad to hear this.............And don't forget A hui hou - until we meet again!

            1. re: akq

              chicken alice was great, (although there is some spice in there that made me sick about 2/3 of the time), i really miss it. I'll have to try the place in McCully. I also like zippy's, but for whatever reason, i don't think of it as "southern style".

              1. re: akq

                Chicken Alice's! That sure brings back some memories. Before her restaurant, she owned several bars we used to patronize in our younger days. Those chicken wings were always there along with a table full of other delicious pupus (great when you knew the bar owner and tipped generously). I had totally forgot about her chicken until now.

              2. Thanks everyone for your suggestions. In the end I decided that I'd just make it myself.
                I used Alton Brown's fried chicken recipe, and it was very good. My waffles needed some work, but I've since worked out the kinks with quite a few breakfasts. Photographic proof:

                1. Mac 24/7 at the Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio serves fried chicken and waffles. I thought it was OK.