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falafel king moved & soul closed

KaimukiMan Jul 14, 2012 04:28 AM

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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    Joebob Jul 14, 2012 10:46 AM

    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
      KaimukiMan Jul 15, 2012 05:14 PM

      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
        KaimukiMan Aug 15, 2012 08:05 AM

        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
          Joebob Aug 15, 2012 12:31 PM

          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
            KaimukiMan Aug 17, 2012 01:51 AM

            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.

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      macaraca Jul 14, 2012 11:50 AM

      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: macaraca
        Joebob Jul 14, 2012 05:41 PM

        Yeah, parking sucked.

        1. re: Joebob
          macaraca Jul 14, 2012 05:55 PM

          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
            manomin Jul 14, 2012 07:32 PM

            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
          KaimukiMan Jul 15, 2012 05:15 PM

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

          1. re: KaimukiMan
            roro808 Jul 16, 2012 11:49 AM

            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
              killersmile Jul 16, 2012 11:52 AM

              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
                roro808 Jul 16, 2012 12:54 PM

                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...

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