Back in the 808: Zippy’s

Right after TM and I started dating, I went to Hawaii with my parents for my cousin’s wedding.  I told TM all of the places I wanted to eat at, Zippy’s being one of them.

“ZIPPY’S?!?  Why in the world would you want to go to Zippy’s?!?,” he asked.

Fast forward about five years and TM now agrees with me that it needs to be a stop when we are back on the islands.  It is a chain restaurant but it is a Hawaiian chain so it doesn’t break my rule.  Zippy’s is the Denny’s of Oahu.  Most are open 24 hours so it’s a great late night spot after bars and clubs close.

An ever so popular menu item at Zippy’s is the Zip Pac.  It comes with fried chicken, teriyaki beef, a fish filet and spam over norifurikake rice.  It has a great variety of food for a very reasonable price.  When I first went to Zippy’s it was about five bucks.  Now it is over $8!  TM and his Dad both ordered a Zip Pac.

TM’s Mom got the burrito with Zippy’s chili.  It’s actually a deep fried bean and meat burrito (chimichanga) with chili over it and topped with cheddar cheese.  You can order it like this or as part of a plate that comes with rice and macaroni salad.

Since we had eaten a filling McDonald’s breakfast earlier that day, I ordered a small beanless chili over rice.  I never grew up eating chili at home so one of the first times I had it was at Zippy’s on one of my many trips to the islands.  Now I cannot eat chili unless I have rice to go with it!  I love that Zippy’s offers a beanless version for bean haters like me.  It’s seasoned great but I did feel that it was more oily than usual this time around.  It was topped with cheddar cheese and onions.

We did make it back to Zippy’s with some friends one other time during this trip after a night of karaoke.  I was so full from our dinner that I just ordered an Orange Bang.  TM ordered a Korean fried chicken plate.  The small fried pieces of chicken were dipped in a spicy shoyu sauce and topped with green onions.

In a weird way, Zippy’s is comfort food to me.  It is quick, convenient and good!

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3 Comments on “Back in the 808: Zippy’s”

  1. The Mister Says:

    Yeah, yeah, I admit when you aren’t eating it once a month, you do end up missing it. It’s total comfort food now when we go back to the islands to visit. The menu is pretty extensive, so it would be easy to go there several times a month and not get sick of it since you could always get something different. Orange bang is similar to an Orange Julius if you were curious. It is slightly more liquid than a Julius so it is much easier to drink through the straw. I also feel like the Orange Julius can separate sometimes leaving you with less tasty froth near the end of the drink. I remember Zippy’s being packed after our high school football games or prom nights. It was the only place to go that late at night in a lot of neighborhoods.

  2. fatjenny Says:

    my Zippy’s favorites are: fried saimin, italian chicken sandwich, fries well-done, and jello parfait. i’ve been away from home too long!!!!

  3. xoxo4u Says:

    While Zippy’s chili is one of their signature dishes, my favorite is their Portuguese Bean Soup!! Oh, it has such a nice flavor with lots of vegetables. Try it..you may like it!


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