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Nov 29, 2013 02:42 PM

Central Union Church area

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. 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

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

    2. more than a block, but

      champion malasada if they're open.

      los chapparos, that newish italian place.

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      1. re: indelibledotink

        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: indelibledotink

            Handel's Messiah...a yearly performance.

          2. re: roro808

            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

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

            1. re: KaimukiMan

              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 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

                Perhaps you might find it by searching for it on

                1. re: Joebob

                  search function searches both chow and chowhound.

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

                2. re: indelibledotink

                  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: KaimukiMan

                      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: WaipahuDog

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

                          1. re: roro808

                            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

                              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

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

                                1. re: roro808

                                  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

                                    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

                          The Italian place has closed or moved.