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Jul 14, 2012 04:28 AM

falafel king moved & soul closed

falafel king is now open next to Chiang Mai, in the space formerly occupied by Diego's Tacos. Haven't been by to try the new location yet.

soul aloha and spice at the bottom of st. louis has closed, that space must be cursed. heard the truck (soul patrol) is still in business. wonder what the plans are now?

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  1. Thanks for the news KMan. I believe Da Falafel King's address is 2239 S. King. Do you think if we all prayed long and continuously we could get good Mexican in the Soul spot?

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    1. re: Joebob

      we could hope. for now i'll stick with azteca. i have to go to a lunch at jose's next month, i'll see if it as bad as it used to be.

      1. re: KaimukiMan

        jose's still sucks. but great margaritas, and the chips and salsa aren't bad. had the pork rojo burrito. i will grant that it was a very generous serving, just not very tasty.

        1. re: KaimukiMan

          I hate when that happens.

          So is the consensus that Serg's and El Palenque are still the best Mex. Oahu has to offer?

          1. re: Joebob

            no, ill stick with azteca for now... but Serg's isn't bad. Haven't made it to El Palenque.
            i happen to have been at azteca tonight. but i do have to say, azteca is 'alta california' style mex. not what you get at a taco truck in LA, or what you will get in a roadside stand in El Paso.

    2. Spoke to the Soul crew at the KCC market this morning and they plan to open in one of the small spaces on Bishop St between Hawn Tel and the coin shop sometime in August...probably take-out only. They will continue doing the markets, Blaisdell Wed, Kailua Thurs, KCC Sat, and Eat the Street. Said the landlord kept jacking up the rent unbearably for the small space on St. Louis Hts. with terrible parking...

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        1. re: Joebob

          Parking downtown will be easier, but maybe not cheap. City lots in Ali'i Tower and across from Macy's on Bethel will be only 75 cents for 30 minutes, but anywhere else nearby is pricey.

          They should do well with a big lunch business, and it is right on all the bus lines. Certainly a good choice if you work downtown or happen to be there at lunchtime.

          1. re: macaraca

            Sean said they are opening in the Remington College building. That should be good for him. If you read "Biting Commentary" there was a story about this. He also had a tweet about it several days. Also Mark "Gooch" Noguchi is leaving He'eia Pier tomorrow for a new venture he's such a great guy!

        2. re: macaraca

          yes, i heard bad things about the landlord from previous tenants as well.

          1. re: KaimukiMan

            It used to be Downtown Panya - I will miss their laksa for lunch. Not as good as original laksa, but the closest to it in Hawaii. Better than Maunakea market.

            1. re: roro808

              what are you talking about? downtown panya is still there last time i checked. there are several open spaces for rent in the remington building, not sure why you would have them in the occupied panya space?

              1. re: killersmile

                Oops my bad... when I passed the building last week, Panya's name was no more. Apparently they change ownership and is now called Cafe Downtown. From what I understand they have similar menu...