Around the Island of Oahu: Zippy’s, Lanikai, Romy’s Shrimp, Ted’s Pies, and Dole Whip

Monday, February 4, 2013 3comments No tags Permalink 0

On each trip back to Honolulu, I do an “

First stop…Zippy’s! I like the Hawaii Kai location. Chili-cheese fries…

…and you can’t go wrong with chili on rice (many Hawai’i parents mail this chili to their kids in college). Here’s a short story on the history of Zippy’s.

Shann got the mini-breakfast plate. Portuguese sausage, eggs, and potato hash.

Next up…Lanikai beach! It was overcast that day so we didn’t stay for long.

Lanikai got touristy after it was named one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

I’m not a beach/sun I hustled us off to Romy’s! For garlic shrimp, of course.

There’s a menu, but all you really need to know is garlic shrimp.

There was a 45-minute wait for orders so we ate li hing mui pineapples in the meantime. Ling hing mui goes good on everything.

This is the seating area. On super windy days we eat in the car.

Ahh!!! So delicious. Pretty messy but there’s no point in trying to be dainty when it comes to this plate (they have big hand washing stations). 10-12 pieces of shrimp per order. TONS of garlic. And a container of spicy shoyu. My favorite part is actually the rice after is soaks up all the shrimp juices and crispy garlic.

This is where they raise all the shrimp and prawns.

From Romy’s, it’s a 10-minute drive to Ted’s Bakery, home of chocolate-haupia pies.

Pick your pies from the fridge…

…then pay at the counter…

…and go outside to eat.

The chocolate-haupia pie is my favorite…

…but they also do a lot of other good flavors including this pumpkin-haupia.

The next stop on our list was Haleiwa/North Shore. We wanted to walk around town, stop at Matsumoto’s for shave ice and Kua ‘Aina for fries. But by then the clouds had turned into pouring rain…so we just drove through town.

To make up for that we had tons of Dole Whip, heheh. They serve it at the Dole Plantation which is both cheesy and touristy…

….but totally worth the visit just to have Dole Whip. This thing is crazy creamy and dense, but there’s no dairy. In fact, there’s only two ingredients! Pineapple puree and water. Kelly got the Dole Whip Float which is served with pineapple juice.

And I had Dole Whip in a waffle cone…perfection ^_^

  • Dennis K.
    February 4, 2013

    That garlic shrimp looks so amazingly good! And I want to visit a Zippy's one day.

  • Steve Gevurtz
    February 4, 2013

    I love your pictures and little tidbit writings so much! Didn't realize Ted's actually had a location one could visit! Which one of their pies is your favorite! Looking forward to more posts!:)steve

  • Kathy YL Chan
    February 4, 2013

    Hi Dennis! Zippy's is pretty much a local institution (get the apple napples for dessert :)Thanks Steve! I'm chocolate-haupia all the way (though the blueberry-cream cheese comes in a close second :)

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