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roro808 Nov 29, 2013 02:42 PM

Will be going to Central Union Church this Sunday --- any idea what restaurants are close by (within one block walking...) and I don't mean Alan Wong"s or Mavro's either


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  1. killersmile Nov 29, 2013 04:34 PM

    within 1 block walking i think the only one is pho tri on kalakaua between beretania and young st. If you make it 2 blocks then on king st. going diamond head direction there is yakiniku seoul (kalakaua/king), subway & jack in the box (corner of punahou/king), i-naba, & zippy's (next to washington middle school). i think that's all that's in the area open on a sunday, hope it helps.

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    1. re: killersmile
      roro808 Nov 29, 2013 05:35 PM

      Thanks, Killersmile.... not too many choices for the area. Guess will have to dine somewhere else before going there.

    2. indelibledotink Nov 30, 2013 12:49 AM

      more than a block, but

      champion malasada if they're open.

      los chapparos, that newish italian place.

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      1. re: indelibledotink
        roro808 Nov 30, 2013 12:57 AM

        The idea is to get there early enough for parking, then walk for simple dinner as not to be late for the concert, hence the inquiry about one block radius. Another choice would be to get a take out (from Foodland) and have a picnic. Thanks everyone.

        1. re: roro808
          indelibledotink Nov 30, 2013 01:04 AM

          which concert?

          1. re: indelibledotink
            roro808 Nov 30, 2013 01:10 AM

            Handel's Messiah...a yearly performance.

          2. re: roro808
            macaraca Nov 30, 2013 11:11 AM

            Your idea of a picnic may be a good choice, and if you pick up things on the way instead of walking you avoid weather issues. Central Union has a complex of buildings on the Diamond Head side of the main church, some with covered walkways; I believe there are some benches which would make it a good spot to picnic while you wait.

          3. re: indelibledotink
            KaimukiMan Dec 1, 2013 09:39 PM

            Los Chapporos is the Mexican Restaurant (decent, not great) on Beretania near Isenberg. Were you thinking LaCucina on Kapiolani for Italian?

            1. re: KaimukiMan
              indelibledotink Dec 1, 2013 09:54 PM

              i meant los chapparos AND the italian place nearby on beretania, i forget what the name is.

              i have yet to try los chapparos.

              the italian place is ok, i had lasagna there once.

              speaking of lasagne, i just had a piece of butternut squash version my mom made from a recipe i had made from chow.com. a little too sweet this time, but it was the squash's fault, no added sugar. mozarella cheese would add to it. can't find the recipe i used on chow anymore.

              how was the concert?

              1. re: indelibledotink
                Joebob Dec 1, 2013 10:02 PM

                Perhaps you might find it by searching for it on chowhound.com.

                1. re: Joebob
                  indelibledotink Dec 1, 2013 10:45 PM

                  search function searches both chow and chowhound.

                  i have the printed recipe somewhere, so all is not lost.

                2. re: indelibledotink
                  roro808 Dec 2, 2013 12:08 AM

                  Ended up eating at Zippy's on King St.......... LOL. Was raining hard and had the desire to eat something soupy such as saimin and teriyaki..... and easy parking. Ok, OK, don't laugh... but it was cold and windy. Saimin serves the purpose.....

                  The concert was great -- full house and not bad for local amateurs, incl. Dr. Kalani Brady as the main tenor..... It was full house. Thanks for all the suggestions which will be taken into consideration the next time around and not raining.

                  1. re: roro808
                    KaimukiMan Dec 2, 2013 07:56 AM

                    better zippy's than L&L

                    1. re: KaimukiMan
                      roro808 Dec 2, 2013 02:10 PM

                      Never been to L&L... main decision was just that it was raining heavily, cold and wet, and easy parking. Plus somewhat hungry stomach... no fancy taste taken into consideration...:)

                      1. re: KaimukiMan
                        WaipahuDog Dec 2, 2013 02:38 PM

                        Both are equally vile

                        1. re: WaipahuDog
                          roro808 Dec 2, 2013 03:00 PM

                          My first visit to Zippy's in over ten years.... got to do what you got to do when you are cold and hungry,

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                            WaipahuDog Dec 2, 2013 06:15 PM

                            Last time I had the saimin at Zippy's, the noodles were a solid block of starch. Noodles were fused together. Called the waitress over. Stuck one chopstick in the wad of noodles and lifted the whole thing up. She took it back.

                            If that is a signature dish, they need better penmanship.

                            1. re: WaipahuDog
                              indelibledotink Dec 2, 2013 06:45 PM

                              sounds like you had a bad batch, usually it's ok, i like it. not my fave, palace saimin is, but not bad. zippys has raised prices a lot, though.

                              1. re: WaipahuDog
                                roro808 Dec 2, 2013 10:33 PM

                                One of the best local saimin is Dillingham Saimin on Dillingham Blvd. Plenty parking as well and easy access.

                                1. re: roro808
                                  indelibledotink Dec 2, 2013 10:41 PM

                                  i have always wanted to try them, i work in the area, so no good excuse.

                                  palace is my fave, i like jane's fountain a lot, zippys ok, don't like old saimin house, haven't been to shiros in at least a decade. hated tanakas.

                                  1. re: roro808
                                    killersmile Dec 3, 2013 12:52 AM

                                    Used to be one of the best, but they changed the noodles a while back and the last few times I went even the broth was different. Haven't been back since as they were equally as bad as Tanaka saimin. Hopefully your experience was recent and maybe they improved?

                        2. re: indelibledotink
                          macaraca Dec 2, 2013 06:22 PM

                          The Italian place has closed or moved.

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