Summer break officially began last week and it’s finally time to start thinking about the beach and picnics! For many of us, after certain functions, like graduations or days at the beach, there isn’t much time tor energy left to even think about preparing a meal.
So, where do people in Honolulu go when they’re hungry and need food without all of the ceremony of a fancy setting? No, we’re not talking about McDonald’s. Don’t get me wrong, I always welcome a Big Mac or a Double Cheeseburger. But, sitting down and being waited on is a welcome change to the grab-and-go style of eating we have all become accustomed to with our busy lives and busy work schedules.
Many local people will go to the place that has good food, fair prices, and a place that doesn’t worry (too much) about how you’re dressed. They go to Zippy’s!
I need to interject here that all of our Zippy’s restaurants have a fast-food side as well as a a sit-down venue so don’t think that you can’t grab some food and run if you need to. The food is always available if you want something to take with you on the way to your function instead of afterwards, or to take with you on a picnic.
Both sides have selections that should be able to please just about any palate. They got rid of the Shintani diet stuff they had on the menu (thank goodness!) so I can’t think of anything on the menu that isn’t good! (Long story about the Shintani diet thing and not worth the bandwidth to try to explain it.)
It’s nice to be able to focus on the conversation you’re having rather than the mess you’re making in the kitchen and the food you’re about to burn! These statements are especially true when your waiter or waitress is a good one! Penny, above, is serving customers seated at the counter and Ronald, the manager, is in the background checking the orders and backing up the rest of the staff when things get busy, and they do get busy!
It doesn’t matter how busy it gets, the waiters and waitresses maintain their ability to be patient with customers. Carla, seen here on the right getting some coffee, is the picture of patience and congeniality. No matter what, she has a smile and a friendly laugh makes you feel right at home and guarantees return business for the restaurant.
Zippy’s, much like Longs Drugs, Safeway and 7-11, has several locations on Oahu. I have been to several of all of these establishments but I do have my favorites.
My favorite Zippy’s is on Vineyard Blvd and we frequent both the fast-food side and the restaurant side. I’m a nut for their teriyaki;
my husband is a nut for their chicken and the corn chowder; Mom likes the clubhouse and she always likes their chicken curry, which is something Zippy’s may have as a special on any given day.
Everybody likes Zippy’s macaroni salad! We could have the hot vegetables if we want, but it’s just not Zippy’s if you don’t get macaroni salad.
Let’s not forget about dessert! Yes, they have those too!
Napoleon’s, for lack of a better description, is the bakery arm of Zippy’s Restaurants. They are well-known for their pastries, cakes and pies. Their custard pie is popular with just about everyone!
Zippy’s is a definite part of our community. Zippy’s chili is another popular menu item. It is a well known and popular fund-raising option for schools and non-profits. Their chili, corn chowder and their Portuguese bean soup are all available for purchase in the freezer cases of certain grocery stores, and even Longs Drugs.
They’re open 24 hours a day and they will feed you breakfast food anytime you ask. So, zip on in anytime!