Yes, FUUD blog and it’s not even Friday!
Most of my friends know it’s hard to get me to go out late at night, especially when the surf’s up.
So it probably shocked my gal pal, Melissa Chang (@melissa808), when I agreed to meet up with her and Olena Heu (@OlenaHeu), part of the Wake Up 2day morning crew, at a fairly new sports bar in Kalihi, a full 14 miles from where I live.
Underdogs Sports Bar & Grill opened several months ago in a spot vacated by, well, another kind of bar. It’s right next to Fujiya, the popular candy- and mochi-maker, on Waiakamilo Road.
Even though I’m from the area — I was born and raised in Kalihi Valley — I don’t usually venture into this ‘hood after hours.
But Olena assured us this spot was worth it. (Melissa wrote about the sports bar, too, on her blog, Urban Mix Plate on Nonstop Honolulu.) It’s been her go-to spot lately, mostly due to its proximity between the station and her home. (Those are good enough reasons for me!) She loves the pork-and-tots and the Melona cocktail.
And why wouldn’t the food be good? One of the owners is Jensen Hirota, who used to work at Alan Wong’s and was one of the partners at Kanpai Bar & Grill (my old haunt).
So I hopped in my car and drove aaaaaaaall the way to Kalihi — and after hiking up Makapuu with my dogs! — to sample a sports bar menu that folks have been raving about.
Here’s what our recent eating excursion looked like:
Underdogs Sports Bar & Grill, 508 Waiakamilo Road in Kalihi. Hours: 2 p.m.-2 a.m. daily. Phone: (808) 888-2873