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Jun 11, 2013 08:41 PM

Trader Vic's, Emeryville - what to order?

What's a safe bet at Trader Vic's in Emeryville?

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  1. A mai-tai. ;-) Seriously, when I saw this post, I thought "are they still open?"

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      Me too! I had no idea there were any Trader Vic's alive. When I graduated from high school 35 years ago, I was treated to Trader Vic's and all I could remember were the crab rangoons and mai tais. And the mai tai was the reason I don't remember the rest, I'm quite sure. ;))

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        That's one of six left in the US.

        Happy hour seems like the best bet.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          When our Palo Alto one was open, the call was Mai Tai and Pu Pu platter.

          Not that it was the best food, those tacos were decent, but ... the nostalgia!

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Is the original (first) location of Trader Vic's?

            1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

              The original Oakland Trader Vic's closed in 1972.

              1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

                The original location was at 65th St and San Pablo Avenue--it always cracks me up when I pass by the nearby McDonalds to think that the Mai Tai was invented there.

            2. re: Ruth Lafler

              Yes, with an extensive remodel a couple years back.

            3. From about November, 2010, after the remodel, a worthwhile happy hour of (left to right) tuna sliders, mai tai and duck tacos with plum sauce, about $5 each:


              The tuna sliders and duck tacos are not on the current online happy hour menu:


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              1. re: zippo

                That surprisingly looks really good!

              2. Thanks but I'm having dinner there and this is specifically why I'm asking as menu expectations are pretty low... Obviously we're not going for the food, but usually these places will do at least one signature dish pretty well, like peking duck or whatever. I don't really want to order tacos at Trader Vic's and we'll also be there later than happy hour.

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                1. re: OliverB

                  Did you make it there yet, and if so, what was good?

                  1. order a taxi...and go somewhere else.

                    or a time machine and go back to when it was called Hinky Dink's and in oakland.