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Where to find Hawaii foods in Las Vegas

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by surf87, Nov 16, 2016.

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  1. surf87

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    Korean combo plate (kalbi short ribs, bbq chicken, meat jun (fried in egg) from Island Style on Sahara.
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    Chinese beef broccoli cake noodles from Boba Hut on Rainbow.
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    Filipino pork gisantes (peas) from MSS buffet, with a side dish of ham hocks and black eye peas.
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    I know I wrote "Hawaii" foods and not Hawaiian foods because Hawaiian food is lau lau, pipikaula, poi, lomi salmon, etc. Someone changed it to Hawaiian, oh well it is what it is but it wasn't me who wrote Hawaiian foods. There is a difference and I know better than to possibly offend the genuine Hawaiians. None of the foods that I posted here is considered to be Hawaiian food. I just wanted to make that clarification.
     
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  2. the nuts

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    Bring Zippy's to the strip! I need some chili!
     
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    Silverton has a Polynesian Buffet on Saturday nights..... :feedme:

    How close it is to Hawaiian food is beyond me. However, the food was pretty damn good that night, and is one of the better buffets in Vegas IMO.
     
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    I've had the saimin soup at the California hotel's deli and the Courtyard café at the Orleans . I thought they said they are Hawaiian but I wouldn't know any better. It was very tasty.

    Update: Confirmed to be Hawaiian by Wikipedia.
     
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  5. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    I agree with you, surf87!

    There is Hawaiian food and there is Hawaii food. Both from the same place but different. Hawaii food is a melting pot of all the beautiful recipes that got fused and combined together by all of the beautiful ethnic groups that made Hawaii their home.
     
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  6. shokhead

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    Since so many Hawaiian locals go and stay at the California I would think they might?
     
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    [​IMG]Hawaiian food at the Cal, Lau lau & chicken long rice.
     
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    Not sure what is going on but it seems that I can't post a pic of a bowl of chili. The Cal serves Zippys chili. I will try in another post.
     
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    The Cal's menu doesn't specify that the chili is Zippy's chili but on the 3rd floor parking garage at the Cal just outside of the elevators they have a sign that says "We serve Zippy's chili." Zippy's is a chain restaurant exclusive to Hawaii. My recommendation to anyone visiting Hawaii is to make Zippy's a planned stop to get a bite to eat. I'm planning to visit family next week in Hawaii for thanksgiving and before my flight home I always buy a zip pack from Zippy's for the flight home to eat on the plane. See the link below for a pic of a zip pack.
    https://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/zippys-vineyard-honolulu?select=qypfcxXjysEgkrStdU0n0g&reviewid=ROyBYctIiEa0o081Ib6_Zw
     
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    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    Zippy's chili is pretty popular here in Hawaii. Pretty much so that it is a favorite fund raiser item that sports teams and such utilize when they need to raise funds. They sell tickets for Zippy's chili and you go down to the restaurant and you can redeem the tickets for hot ready to eat chili or you can get the chili frozen in plastic bags for the freezer to heat and eat later.

    Lots of Hawaii people who now live in Vegas would stop by Zippy's and pick up the frozen chili to take back home to Vegas to share with family and friends.
     
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    Miso butterfish at the Cal. The best I can describe it is a black cod fish seasoned with soy bean paste (miso). The fish has a very high content of oily and fatty texture which makes it just like eating butter, hence the name butterfish. I used to eat it a lot until I got really sick with hives (not sure if it was the butterfish but I almost died so no more). This is a yelp picture of it.

    https://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/market-street-cafe-las-vegas?select=qKYaFIBaT90B5FCOe6jw-A
     
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    Being from Hawaii and vacationing in Vegas, I find it funny that my fellow Hawaii peeps eat "Hawaii Food" when they're in Vegas. I'm not flying 2000 + mile to eat what I can get 5 minutes from my house.
     
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    Ha-ha, good point!

    I have a similar philosophy about eating at McDonald's, Jack in the box, and similar fast food places in Las Vegas. I can eat those anytime in Los Angeles and when my friends suggest McDonald's I try to convince them to go to a buffet instead. I'm fine with buying a cup of coffee from McD's but that's about it.
     
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    Are you Hawaiian?
     
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    Not Hawaiian, but Hawaiian at heart!!
     
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    That's a big difference from living there and being a native Hawaiian. They like Hawaiian food away from Hawaii.
     
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    A quick lesson on Hawaiians. Hawaiians are the indigenous people of the Hawaiian Islands who trace their ancestry back to the original settlers of Polynesia to Hawaii. In 1778 with the arrival of Capt Cook the Hawaiians were nearly wiped out by diseases introduced to the islands. Native Hawaiians had no resistance to influenza, smallpox, measles, or whooping cough.
     
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    And Maui has no seaweed, seagulls or snakes!
     
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    KJ Kitchen is one of the best chinese restaurant we have found in LV, even better than many in Honolulu.

    Location is Spring Mountian Road and Jones Blvd, more specifically, Spring Mountain Road and Red Rock Street, so yes, one will need a car. Its considered to be in China town.

    Its not a fancy place, it does have chinese decor. We were there couple months ago, half the tables had table cloth (maybe getting ready for dinner), so we asked for a table cloth table.

    On yelp, one common statement that comes up about KJ where they lose a star or two is service/attitude/rudeness/etc. - that, for those not familiar with chinese restaurants, is on par what one can expect for a chinese experience, that is the NORM, you cannot expect "good service" with chinese restaurants, for those who are in the know THAT is expected, weird as it may sound, but one puts up with it if you have "found" that good chinese restaurant, you go there for the food.

    We have been there a couple times and food has not failed us, we enjoyed the food, waiter served us the dessert bowl but don't know if that was bonus or norm .....

    ... hilorain...
     
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