And specifically, the food they miss eating because their favorite restaurants have all closed down.
They reminisce a lot about Chunky’s Drive-In on King and Isenberg streets, Burgerland on Kapahulu and Jolly Roger on Dillingham. They talk longingly about teri fried chicken and hamburgers with some kind of “special sauce.”
Even my mom waxes nostalgic about her favorite eateries that aren’t around anymore, namely the Kanda lunch wagon at Kewalo Basin, KC Drive Inn, Krung Thai in downtown, Dutch Girl Bakery in Liliha, Chinese Kitchen in Nuuanu, Restaurant Suzuku in Kaimuki, Wisteria and Woolworth’s. (It had the best roast beef and turkey sandwiches, she said.)
The list of now-closed restaurants in Hawaii is long — and, sadly, growing. King’s Bakery, Columbia Inn, Elliot’s Chuckwagon, Masu’s Massive Plate Lunch, 9th Avenue Bakery, Pearl City Tavern, Kenny’s Burger House — these are just a few places that many of us miss.
But more than miss the restaurant, most of us miss the actual food.
I miss the big, fluffy glazed donuts from Kimuraya Bakery, the French onion soup from The Bistro at Century Center, the bulgogi and noodles from Korean Hibiscus BBQ in Aina Haina, and just about everything at the Swiss Inn in Niu Valley.
It’s sad — no, devastating — to me to think that I’ll never have these dishes again. Ever. It’s so depressing!
Got a restaurant you miss? And what dish do you miss the most? Let’s all share in the misery!