Zip Over to Zippy’s

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.

Vineyard Zippys Sign

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!

Zippys Restaurant on Vineyard Blvd

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.)

Zippys Counter

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 youCarla pouring coffeer 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;

Zippys 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.

Zippys Clubhouse Sandwich

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.

Zippys Desserts

Let’s not forget about dessert! Yes, they have those too!

Napoleons Bakery

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!

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 HawaiiVacationGifts // Jun 16, 2007 at 1:07 am

    I grew up with Zippy’s and miss it since I have been living in Hilo since 1992! I have a post on my blog about where to eat in Hilo, but there is nothing like a Zippy’s here.

  • 2 Evelyn // Jun 16, 2007 at 5:24 am

    I never thought about it but, maybe O’ahu is the only island with Zippy’s. Hmmm… I think I’ll check in with Maui and ask them too but now that you mention it, I think you’ve made a great point. Do you guys have the frozen stuff? The chili, corn chowder or Port. bean soup in the stores up there? I think I’ll ask Zippy’s and I’ll let everybody know what they say. Maybe I can get someone from their office to come visit us here and leave a comment– that would be fun! 🙂 In the mean time, thank you, for visiting and for this comment!

  • 3 Evelyn // Jun 16, 2007 at 7:10 am

    I didn’t even have to ask. They will ship to you anywhere in the United States! Check it out!

  • 4 Jen // Jun 16, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    I love Zippy’s!! They cater my dinner’s at LEAST twice a month. A barrel of Fried Chicken, and NO BEAN Chili is all that we need. I used to go to the Vineyard Zippy’s all the time too, when I was back in High School. Now, we go to Waiau Zippy’s all the time. Yep, thank goodness no more the Shintani menu – most of the time, it just made me feel guilty…hahaha… thanks for sharing this piece. I enjoyed reading it.


  • 5 Evelyn // Jun 16, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    Hi Jen! I get hungry every time I come back and look at the teriyaki plate! Thanks for visiting and for posting your comment!

  • 6 HawaiiVacationGifts // Jun 17, 2007 at 1:49 am

    I am pretty sure that they sell Zippy’s stuff in the frozen foods department at the Hilo KTA grocery store. I will check it out next week when I go shopping, and leave a comment again if they don’t carry it.

  • 7 Evelyn // Jun 17, 2007 at 7:10 pm

    Thank you, Hawaii Vacation Gifts! That way everyone can see what all the raving is about. 🙂

  • 8 David Panther // Jun 19, 2007 at 2:02 am

    Zippy’s sounds good is it a chain restaurant or only in Hawaii? You seem to have such good food in Hawaii and it seems to be Hawaiian traditional food?

  • 9 Evelyn // Jun 19, 2007 at 5:47 am

    Hi David! Zippy’s is, as far as I know, just on Oahu. But, they will ship their stuff to other places in the United States and the neighbor islands. Apparently, even the grocery stores on the neighbor islands have their packaged, re-heatable entrees available! Their menu selection includes a nice mixture of local favorites and traditional American cuisine. But, you’re right, it does lean heavily on the side of the local palate.

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