Comments on Critiki Commentary by visitors on locations in Critiki, the information resource for tiki bars and Polynesian restaurants. http://www.critiki.com en-us Copyright 2015, Michelle Whiting PackmanWSU01 on Grass Skirt Tiki Room, Columbus The menu is limited but more than adequate for snacking. The few original drinks they have a pretty good and they do well with the classics. They are finally selling mugs as well with their name on them. They also let you buy tiki mugs without their logo, but in a unique shape (ex: shark). I miss the Kahiki, but the Grass Skirt is the best thing to come to Columbus in a long time when it comes to tiki http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=820 tiki Columbus Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:24:22 PST Comment1013 PackmanWSU01 on The Galley, Santa Monica Not a tiki bar per se, but apparently the oldest restaraunt in Santa Monica. My wife and I enjoyed sitting at the bar and chatting with the bartender. The chili was good. Not many original drinks, or a mug though unfortunately. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=686 tiki Santa Monica Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:18:25 PST Comment1012 PackmanWSU01 on Tonga Hut, North Hollywood Made it here from Vegas with one hour left on my birthday, and what an hour it was. Great service and great tasting drinks (reccomend Voodoo Juice and Mojave Punch). They even have mugs now, including a rum barrel.If you are in the area, stop in have a few and take a selfie next to the &quot;drooling bastard&quot; fountain! http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=123 tiki North Hollywood Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:14:35 PST Comment1011 NYC Tiki on Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar, Anaheim Ok - So it is not original. And there can be a wait sometimes. The food also is not that great or extensive. But still, the best Tiki Bar in the LA area. It is decorated to the hilt, has all original drinks in the glasses (that you can bring home). The music is all classic tiki and rain storms make it a treat. I cannot wait until this place opens up in Orlando, as I will be a regular. Definitely a spot that is keeping the tiki spirit alive. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=783 tiki Anaheim Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:42:32 PST Comment1010 NYC Tiki on Tiki-Ti, Los Angeles I am not sure what all the great reviews are about. Having been to Tiki bars around the world, I would say this is OK, but for LA was a bit of a let down. First off, you can smoke inside. I am past that, as a few other favorites (Bahi Hut) allow this, but the place also was a bit of a dive bar more than a classic tiki joint. It was more dingy than classy, which goes after the wrong type of tiki style. And the music was not classic tiki music. Drink selection was good, but the place was tiny and did not transport to a polynesian paradise. So if your just into drinking, its good but for classic tiki, so so. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=93 tiki Los Angeles Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:40:29 PST Comment1009 NYC Tiki on Trader Vic's Lounge, Beverly Hills So I was recently in LA and decided to drop by at this spot. First off, it is annoying you need to pay to park. Regardless I came in for a drink. First off, the good. It is a nice spot indoor / outdoor with some tiki style and the classic Trader Vic&#39;s drinks in a mug. They have a small polynesian menu as well. But for the bad, the place is a bit generic now and does not have a true tiki vibe. I also wish, because of how special the original spot was here, that they kept some more memorabilia. I don&#39;t think I will be back, but glad I saw the spot. The gift shop should sell some merchandise but does not. No music, no special shirts...I hope they see the error of their ways and go back to the glory days of LA tiki http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=634 tiki Beverly Hills Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:37:39 PST Comment1008 Chantiki on The Enchanted Tiki Room, Orlando this is a must see when going to the magic kingdom. so glad Disney &quot;mostly&quot; restored it to it&#39;s original theme. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=127 tiki Orlando Wed, 18 Feb 2015 06:52:45 PST Comment1007 Chantiki on Mai-Kai, Fort Lauderdale Whenever I need a mini vacation from life-I go to the Mai Kai. As a S Fla resident-I have the luxury of being able to just pop down to Ft Lauderdale for the weekend & make the Mai Kai the center of my lost weekend. It is like coming home. From the décor to the staff, the drinks & the food all work to transport you to a south seas paradise. Be sure to go to the gardens before you leave-you won&#39;t be disappointed. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=60 tiki Fort Lauderdale Wed, 18 Feb 2015 06:46:29 PST Comment1006 Chantiki on The Original Tiki Bar, Fort Pierce I live close to the original tiki bar. while there is nothing inherently &quot;tiki&quot; about this bar/restaurant, they have made efforts to add some Polynesian & Florida style tikis to their Florida beach bar in addition to some cheap import tikis & masks. There is also very lovingly carved tiki at the Cobb&#39;s Landing restaurant across the marina from the Original Tiki Bar. Over all-I wouldn&#39;t go out of my way to come here for the food, drinks or tikis, but if you happen to find yourself here...the beer is cold. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=704 tiki Fort Pierce Wed, 18 Feb 2015 06:34:48 PST Comment1005 Wiki Tiki on Kanaloa, London We visited last week. The place looks terrific -- plenty of tikis and old-school décor. The lighting and drinks menu are both good. The drinks themselves are pretty good, and nicely presented (one came in a real coconut with a lit sparkler). <br /> <br />The food is mediocre, a combination of bar food and some Thai specialties (which I might have counted as a nod to pan-Asian tikiness, except I saw that same combination of burgers and Thai food in our hotel&#39;s non-tiki restaurant -- it seems to be popular in London). <br /> <br />The music is modern club music, and the crowd is mostly young club-goers, not tikiphiles. The staff was very welcoming and gave us both leis (we were the only ones in the place wearing them). http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=793 tiki London Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:50:00 PST Comment1004 White Devil on Hapa Haole Hideaway, Knoxville The Hapa Haole Hideaway is the quintessential home tiki bar experience, with a world-class collection on display and drinks par excellence. Exacting and minutely-executed to within an inch of its life. Consider yourself blessed by the gods to be invited inside! http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=524 tiki Knoxville Mon, 16 Feb 2015 12:59:05 PST Comment1003 drware on The Tiki Hideaway, Charlotte I really like the cocktails at the Tiki Hideaway. You can tell that they put a lot of effort into creating the traditional cocktail ingredients from scratch. Both the housemate orgeat and falernum are amazing and really anchor the different cocktails they inhabit. I was amazed to learn that some of my friends do not like rum... well Tiki Hideaway had them covered with several cocktails based on different spirits. I have not had every item on the food menu, but what I have had has been excellent and tasted great. <br /> <br />The atmosphere is great and true to the Tiki Culture. Already looking forward to my next visit. <br /> <br /> http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=848 tiki Charlotte Mon, 16 Feb 2015 12:47:04 PST Comment1002 White Devil on Mai-Kai, Fort Lauderdale Words cannot do justice to this total delight to all the senses. Drop whatever travel plans you have right now and book a flight...it&#39;s the experience of a lifetime for people of all ages. The Mai-Kai has been impressing customers since 1954, and there&#39;s a reason they&#39;ve been around for over five decades. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=60 tiki Fort Lauderdale Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:34:38 PST Comment1001 White Devil on Trader Vic's, Atlanta I&#39;ve finally worked my way through the entire cocktail menu, and I&#39;m ready to start over. Don&#39;t forget the Bananas Foster! My best-of choice for Georgia. Bring back the Bongo Bongo soup! http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=6 tiki Atlanta Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:29:57 PST Comment1000 White Devil on The Omni Hut, Smyrna I had heard great things about the Omni Hut over the years, and I&#39;m glad to say that they were all 100% accurate. For atmosphere, it can&#39;t be topped (outside of Trader Vic&#39;s or the Mai Kai), and our meal was spectacular. The bacon-pineapple bits on the puupuu platter are amazingly tasty, and made a believer out of me. We want to go back to get the steak, one day. It&#39;s also a great art destination, as they have an extensive collection of authentic Polynesian carvings & modern Poly-Pop additions, some carved by the owner&#39;s family. Do yourself a favor and take that road trip with the family: there&#39;s something at the Omni Hut for all ages to be amazed by. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=179 tiki Smyrna Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:28:28 PST Comment999 White Devil on The Tiki Hideaway, Charlotte Bringing the original to Tiki culture while revering its tradition is a feat accomplished by very few these days, as I&#39;ve had occasion to remind so many. Mike Barrea & his wife have done just that—and then some—with their new Tiki Hideaway bar & restaurant in Charlotte, N.C. <br /> <br />The décor is the embodiment of Polynesian Pop, a deft blend of fundamental Tiki motifs with modernist tweaks that both delight and inspire, and studiously avoids the distortion we&#39;ve become so accustomed to in lesser efforts. When so many “tiki bars” consist of the plastic & the half-ass, The Tiki Hideaway sets the bar for East Coast Tiki with unmistakeable authority. <br /> <br />Our visit coincided with a special menu just for Valentine&#39;s Day, and so I&#39;m not able to critique the standard fare, but our selections were top flight. I&#39;m a pretty traditional kinda guy with a predictably guy&#39;s palate, but the small plates satisfied both my foodie wife and myself with substance and style. Solid but sophisticated, just like everything else about the joint. We&#39;re already planning a return trip (hopefully with friends) in a couple months, just to sample the rest of the menu. Executive Chef Allen Evans and his crew should be proud of what they&#39;ve brought to food culture for their city: nothing in Charleston can top it. <br /> <br />We did manage to make a little more headway into the cocktail menu, however, which appears to somewhat rotational: we sampled from the menu (which featured a rum punch of the month), as well as from the completely different rollout menu. For those of you who have a preference for wine, they also feature an impressive selection (Barrea was initially considering a wine bar, his specialty), but you&#39;d be cheating yourself by avoiding the more original concoctions. <br /> <br />The exacting bar staff start from scratch by making their own Orgeat and falernum, and tread the middle path between traditional Tiki recipes and their own creations. On hand are the essential Zombie, Mai Tai, Planter&#39;s Punch, Fog Cutter and Scorpion Bowl, but we veered toward more adventurous waters, starting with the ubermasculine Corn & Oil. Not for the faint palate, the blackstrap rum, falernum & lime juice blend sets a new course in flavor and strength, and should be a rite of passage in any Tikiphile&#39;s education. Also incorporating the blackstrap is the more delicate Jungle Bird, topped with an ingenious froth of eggwhite, and is a Malaysian recipe from 1978. I can also vouch for the Happy Buddha, the special Donga Punch, the Cradle of Life and the non-menu Professor&#39;s Love Affair. There is an entire roster of rollout recipes which we weren&#39;t able to sample, and which absolutely scream for a return trip. <br /> <br />It is a sad truth that quality is no guarantee of success in America, and it&#39;s even more true in Tiki cuisine. The Barreas&#39; backstory is a fascinating one, and adds one more layer of respectability for what they&#39;ve accomplished in The South&#39;s smartest city. Doing something this bold and this well in life can be a considerable risk, but let me tell you that if you dawdle on this experience, the risk is all yours. Not to diss on Vic or the Mai-Kai, but the totemic Tiki order in the Southeast has just shifted, and the gods have blessed us with a new place of worship. <br /> <br />Ignore the call at your peril. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=848 tiki Charlotte Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:16:48 PST Comment998 scottybee on The Tiki Hideaway, Charlotte My wife and I have been to the Tiki Hideaway twice. The food was very good and the drinks to die for. The place is so different from other spots we like. We appreciate the friendly service and will be back again and again. I have told my friends to check it out, you should too. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=848 tiki Charlotte Sun, 15 Feb 2015 08:23:47 PST Comment997 chipdro on The Tiki Hideaway, Charlotte Special place, special people!! <br />Unique and relaxing...what more could one ask for in a getaway !! http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=848 tiki Charlotte Sat, 14 Feb 2015 11:28:55 PST Comment996 SGT623 on Aku Aku, Orlando Great atmosphere, tasty drinks! Only thing missing is signature tiki mugs! http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=849 tiki Orlando Fri, 13 Feb 2015 19:43:45 PST Comment995 NYC Tiki on Trader Vic's, London So this is one of my favorite Tiki joints in the world. It was the first Trader Vic&#39;s outside of the US and it looks like it hasn&#39;t changed in a bit. At the edge of Mayfair, along the park and downstairs from an old Hilton is this gem. Hit the bar up for some real classic tiki drinks in the traditional mugs (for each drink ordered). Marvel at the original decor and feel the vintage vibe. Music is often hosted and dinner is an elegant (albeit expensive) affair. When I am in London, I always pop by here to get away from it all and remember the experience people looked to bring to London after World War 2. Very cool spot http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=88 tiki London Fri, 13 Feb 2015 01:42:33 PST Comment994 College on The Castaways, Miami Beach I stayed at the Castaways with a group of girls when we were in college, 1970. Met Frankie Valli who was also staying at the Castaways, but I was not was he was looking for, still being a virgin...So sad it&#39;s gone. Great memories!! http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=709 tiki Miami Beach Mon, 09 Feb 2015 15:20:22 PST Comment993 JenMeat on The Tiki Hideaway, Charlotte We visited the evening of 2/7/15. Someone has definitely been paying close attention to the overall Tiki culture and ambiance. The door pulls, exterior sign, retro bar stools and thatched interior roof were all right on the money. <br />I lived in Florida for 9 years and was a frequent patron of The Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale. Tiki Hideaway needs to take some mixology lessons from The Mai Kai and from Beachbum Berry. I had The Zombie and my partner had Planters Punch. Both tasted the same, had a strong, off putting cinnamon flavor and were not smooth at all. Perhaps it was an off night for the bartender? We didn&#39;t want to make a stink, so we paid our $28 for two drinks and left. <br />Tiki Hideaway has the potential to be a great addition to Charlotte, NC. We loved the vibe and decor, so we&#39;ll give it another chance, but this place left me dreaming of taking a quick road trip to The Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale. <br /> http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=848 tiki Charlotte Mon, 09 Feb 2015 13:37:42 PST Comment991 NYC Tiki on Tonga Room, San Francisco Only Mai Kai can best this spot. Elegant, old school, adventurous and unexpected...a beautiful spot under the elegant Fairmont. Follow the above, dress up and travel back in time. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=162 tiki San Francisco Sun, 08 Feb 2015 10:14:19 PST Comment990 NYC Tiki on Lee's Hawaiian Islander, Lyndhurst So I think beyond Chan&#39;s, this is one of the best old school tiki joints in New Jersey. It doesn&#39;t look like much from the outside, but the old school charm is all inside. Preserved cocktail bar with classic polynesian dishes await. Get a corner booth and grab a cocktail. Food is OK, but it was never about that. Ask for Mr. Lee, he still walks around the old joint saying hello to old school patrons. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=97 tiki Lyndhurst Sun, 08 Feb 2015 10:12:28 PST Comment989 NYC Tiki on Mai-Kai, Fort Lauderdale Simply put, the single best tiki experience left on earth. From the bar, to the gardens, show and environment. Nothing around the globe competes. I would highly recommend the Hot Buttered Rum.....No review will explain it, so just book a flight and go http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=60 tiki Fort Lauderdale Sun, 08 Feb 2015 10:09:39 PST Comment988 Peniamina on The Conga Lounge, Oakland Sadly this bar (and the restaurant it&#39;s attached to) will be closing down on February 21st, 2015. http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/2015/02/03/conga-lounge-and-cafe-rustica-closing-in-rockridge/#30255-4 http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=249 tiki Oakland Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:45:51 PST Comment987 Wiki Tiki on Trader Vic's, London We&#39;ve been here twice, in 2009 and 2013. The first visit included dinner, which was OK but not fantastic for the price. The drinks were awesome. I had to order a pina colada first, which confused the waiter. He was an immigrant and probably not familiar with Warren Zevon. Also, they call that drink a Bahia at Trader Vic&#39;s for some (undoubtedly historical) reason. Still, the bartender knew what I meant and made a terrific pina colada. After that I ordered a tiki classic of some sort, but I no longer remember which one. Our second visit was only for drinks. It was early on a Tuesday evening, and the place was almost deserted. Service and drinks were excellent. I hope they do better business at other times, or I fear this place will not long survive. Perhaps it could be declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=88 tiki London Tue, 03 Feb 2015 16:56:26 PST Comment986 spindriftsuz on Mai-Kai, Fort Lauderdale The Mecca of Tiki, my personal paradise. I love everything about the Mai Kai. This is my heaven. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=60 tiki Fort Lauderdale Mon, 02 Feb 2015 16:09:52 PST Comment985 NuttyBoltz on The Tiki Bar & Kitsch Inn, Glasgow The food in the restaurant upstairs is AMAZING thai food (as good or better than anything in San Francisco). The service upstairs was fabulous as well. The Tiki bar downstairs looked pretty darned great, but loud, terrible reggae was blasting from the speakers and the bartender was rude and even refused to make some drinks on the menu because he didn&#39;t like them. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=769 tiki Glasgow Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:26:33 PST Comment984 kenbo-jitsu on Kahuna Grill, Goleta The second location I mentioned above closed October 2014. It was in the Paseo Nuevo mall in downtown Santa Barbara. The original Goleta location is still open as far as I know. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=248 tiki Goleta Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:07:54 PST Comment983 Humuhumu on The LuWow, Fitzroy Mahalo, Careless Navigator! I&#39;ve tweaked the description. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=824 tiki Fitzroy Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:33:24 PST Comment982 Careless Navigator on The LuWow, Fitzroy Just a slight correction, the Island Village is more a Tiki Bar where you can order food. They stopped doing food on the premises ages ago and now they get it from an Asian restaurant a few doors down. It&#39;s good food but a bit pricey. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=824 tiki Fitzroy Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:23:50 PST Comment981 ParTiki on Polynesian Room, Fort Lauderdale The Wreck Bar is worth a visit. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=591 tiki Fort Lauderdale Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:13:05 PST Comment980 ParTiki on The Tiki Hideaway, Charlotte Great Place. An excellent job of creating the sights, sounds, food and of course beverages of Tiki http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=848 tiki Charlotte Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:00:48 PST Comment979 KeithH on Lava Lounge, Seattle Was just there on Jan 23, 2015 and it looks like they now serve more than just beer. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=173 tiki Seattle Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:17:46 PST Comment978 NYC Tiki on King Yum, Flushing So I made it to King Yum this past weekend. I went for the Friday Karaoke night, which was an interesting mix of Queens and Long Island locals. I could see some of the original tiki decor in the cool bar thatched roof, tikis, waterfall and bamboo seating areas and chairs. I wish they had kept more of the original tiki charm. But the drinks page did not disappoint. they had all the tradition favorites up front and each was served in a unique tiki glass. I had the Coco Loco and their King Yum special, both fun tiki drinks. I sang my fair share of Karaoke and then went off into the night. I would say if you are a tiki fanatic, then definitely worth coming to see King Yum. There are better, more original Tiki joints in New Jersey, but for an NYC spot with Karaoke, this still is on the list. I will give it 5 out of 10. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=55 tiki Flushing Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:23:54 PST Comment977 Rumguy on VenTiki, Ventura Nice place, good service and a lot of attention to details. Tiki tOny did many of the carvings and other details. Parking wasn&#39;t too bad when I was there. Food and drinks were well above average. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=819 tiki Ventura Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:00:23 PST Comment976 Rumguy on Mai-Kai, Fort Lauderdale Quit reading this blog and book your trip to Ft Lauderdale and the Mai Kai. Dave, the present owner, is working on upgrading the rums in his drinks but many of the old rums from the 60s are harder and harder to find. As a sailor, I appreciate the authenticity of the bar, you&#39;ll think you are in an old square rigged ship even before your first drink. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=60 tiki Fort Lauderdale Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:46:54 PST Comment975 JadeParis on Purple Orchid Exotic Tiki Lounge, El Segundo Great ambiance, strong drinks and all round great place to meet! Love it. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=52 tiki El Segundo Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:57:39 PST Comment974 Darrenroberts on Tiki's Grill & Bar, Honolulu Tikis is great, and right in the heart of Waikiki. Excellent view from the tables close to the street and live music! http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=73 tiki Honolulu Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:09:56 PST Comment973 Darrenroberts on La Mariana Sailing Club, Honolulu Last of the true tiki bars on Oahu. Great location, amazing decor, a funky well worn gem in the tiki bar. world. I always bring the malahini here when we have company. Go here before she is gone forever, you won&#39;t regret it. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=74 tiki Honolulu Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:02:46 PST Comment972 Darrenroberts on South Shore Tiki Lounge, Kihei My must go spot when I&#39;m in Kihei. Love South Shore! http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=748 tiki Kihei Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:58:05 PST Comment971 Darrenroberts on Lei Low, Houston Made the trip out to visit LeiLow when I was in Houston for an event and I loved it!! Great drinks, they truly do their very best to provide an amazing cocktail to their customers. I loved everything about the place, and the owners enthusiasm for tiki was definitely apparent. I had a great time and will always make LeiLow a stop when I&#39;m in Houston. Great job guys! http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=839 tiki Houston Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:53:53 PST Comment970 mongo on Aloha, Rochester I was told that Sam Mercado owned the Aloha. If anyone is in Rochester, maybe you could look in the archives and see the business license for the Aloha. His children are Son Marvin, daughter Susan Mercado Clark and Margarita &quot;Tina&quot; Mercado Reed. I met them in California in 1971. I would like to say-hehello. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=220 tiki Rochester Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:35:18 PST Comment969 NYC Tiki on Bahi Hut Lounge, Sarasota I am SO glad that Bahi Hut still exists in Sarasota. This place has a lot going wrong with it, but still has the old bones and vibe lurking in the background, it is just waiting one day for someone to pick it up, polish it off and restore it to it&#39;s former glory (and if the owners read this and want to sell, please contact me). It is within an old motel (independent) near the airport on a street with old cool fifties and sixties motor lodges and such. The bar is a separate building like a hut, with bamboo and a bamboo door handle when you enter. Inside it is a gem. Old wooden / bamboo tables, old tiki pictures, a window looking at a (now dilapidated) garden and a famous Mai Tai. Unfortunately they play bad music (as noted above) and allow smoking, so it smells. I think the smoking patrons keep this place alive for now, but I can definitely see it being refurbished, cleaned up, a new music track with updated cocktails and some snacks...and potentially this could be the cocktail bar it once was.....Definitely go give it a try if you are in beautiful Sarasota Florida http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=452 tiki Sarasota Sun, 18 Jan 2015 19:57:50 PST Comment968 NYC Tiki on Jade Island, Staten Island So I finally made it to Jade Island a few weeks ago. I had seen Anthony Bourdain go there on his show, and knowing it was one of the few original tiki restaurants left in the NYC area, I rented a car on a slow day and took a drive to check it out. After paying the annoyingly high $15 toll for a bridge to take me from Brooklyn (gasp) to Staten Island (double gasp!), I arrived at Jade Island. A cool vintage look from the outside (and in a strip mall), I went inside. I was pleasantly surprised by the vintage, untouched decor and promptly took a booth, pulled the waiter aside and asked for a Pina Colada. No Hawaiian shirts here, and more annoyingly was the music they played in the background. If I wanted to listen to Nickelback, I would have bought a house in the suburbs, had kids, bought a minivan and given up. So sadly, no tiki music was playing. But the pina colada came in a nice tiki mug and we ordered a mixture of chinese food. There were no polynesian specialties on the menu. I will say I do not go to these places for the food at all, but it was not good here. I still would come back, to support them in keeping the institution open, or maybe have cocktails, but pass on much of the menu. The interior was cool, all original and you could see it once was the refuge for many work a day Staten Island families. Definitely worth 1 trip, but unlike a Michelin 3 star, do not go out of your way. I give it a 5/10. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=180 tiki Staten Island Sun, 18 Jan 2015 17:52:12 PST Comment967 NYC Tiki on Chan's Dragon Inn, Ridgefield Went to Chan&#39;s for the first time today. Pulled up and saw the original faux chinese structure with the old school sign for &#39;cocktails&#39; at the front. You know you are in a vintage spot when a place like this advertises cocktails. Went in (was empty) and seated under a puffer fish light in a booth at the restaurant. They get a 7 out of 10 for decor. All original, classic polynesian tiki style. It looked all original and not changed since the place opened in 1965. The waiters were all wearing Hawaiian shirts and the music in the background was Tiki / Hawaiian as well, which scores huge points for me. I hate when I hear pop music at a place like this. The bar had a rock structure behind it and looked like it could have been in &#39;Goodfella&#39;s&#39;. Had a Mai Tai, which unfortunately was not served in a tiki mug, but a glass with a dragon on it. I thought the menu was great. It had cocktails up front (all the tiki classics), Polynesian favorites (including the pupu with fire), and a sophistication to the dishes that once you could tell made it special (although that now had faded). We had dumplings and their special chicken. The food was ok, but I did not come here to rate the food. After dinner, took a look around and enjoyed the vintage posters, scenery and original tables. I am glad a place like this still is in business, serves the original style and hasn&#39;t changed at all. I would definitely come back with a large group to enjoy the cocktails and atmosphere. I give it a 6.5 out of 10, which is a high mark in the NYC area. Only other place that matches is Lee&#39;s Hawaiian Islander. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=428 tiki Ridgefield Sun, 18 Jan 2015 17:45:20 PST Comment966 Ohmsford on Lee's Hawaiian Islander, Lyndhurst My family and I were there for my Birthday, my choice. We live close by and try to visit a few times a year. I love the Hawaiian and Tiki elements and am really thankful that such places still exist. <br /> <br />The food was great as usual, and is always a much higher quality than typical take-out Chinese. I had a Zombie (pronounced Yombee by the waiter). The drink was very strong, even by my standards, but I could tell the rum was not top shelf. I make a much better drink myself, but since it was my birthday, it was a must-have to complete the ambiance. <br /> <br />The service was very attentive and responsive to requests, and most importantly, did not make one feel rushed. I was going to wear a Hawaiian shirt I bought off Ebay that was a cast member shirt from Disney&#39;s Polynesian Resort, but decided against it. My colorful shirt would have put all of the waiter&#39;s shirts to shame, as these old men have shirts that have been worn from opening day. LOL. At least they are wearing them, can&#39;t find that anywhere else in the State on a cold day in January! <br /> <br />The establishment has not put much money into the decor, as it does show its age. I have only two real complaints though...1) The booths are lined with white Christmas-type icicle lights, which do not look very tiki. I would prefer nothing at all or some softer lighting in hues of yellow, orange and/or red. 2) The back-lighted murals are getting faded and should be updated. One is of Honolulu harbor at night, where I would prefer a typical Hawaiian beach scene, sand, sky, palm trees. <br /> <br />I do love the place and hold on dearly to the nostalgia and memories, sadly of a time almost completely gone by. It seems the only restaurants around are the commercial chains with all of their forced and contrived ambiance. Lee&#39;s comes from a time where the place itself was a destination, and reflected a part of our culture where people appreciated a more defined dining experience. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=97 tiki Lyndhurst Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:29:10 PST Comment965 Deltabrent on Leilani Lanes, Seattle This place was a trip. Sad it&#39;s gone. Feel kinda lucky I played a few games there when I was in town! http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=176 tiki Seattle Wed, 07 Jan 2015 16:52:31 PST Comment964 Deltabrent on 'Ohana, Seattle Being a 2 minute walk from the Lava Lounge you can hit 2 spots in quick succession for a quick drink at each. The Sushi bar element takes away but it&#39;s a great place. I didn&#39;t get to sit at the bar which might have detracted. Didn&#39;t eat food. Blue Hawaiian was alright! http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=178 tiki Seattle Wed, 07 Jan 2015 16:51:26 PST Comment963