Do You Remember… Chicken Joints
FYI: Jollibee is now open at the corner of Dillingham and King where the old KFC was. Get some chickenjoy now!
When you think about it, chicken is a pretty popular dish. When I grew up in Kailua, the Colonel’s famous Kentucky Fried Chicken was just down the street from us. When anyone mentioned “chicken”, it was the Colonel’s secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices that immediately came to mind. btw, when “Fried” foods became a naughty word in the food world, that when the Colonel changed the name to KFC.
But besides Kentucky Fried Chicken, there were other chicken joints in Kailua. I remember that Andy’s Drive In used to sell their Little Red Hen fried chicken. It came in a box that looked like a barn with a carrying handle on it. I never did try it though…
And I remember my older brother telling stories of how he used to go to this place across the Pali Lanes bowling alley called Broasted Chicken. He and his friends would buy a bucket of Broasted Chicken along with a side of Broasted Potato Wedges, then go to the Kailua Drive In theater and grind out there. That’s yet one more that I never tried…
Speaking of Broasted Chicken, does anyone remember the Hana Broasted Chicken that was on Sheridan street, just across of Makaloa street. I remember passing by there so many times, but never did stop in to try it. I always thought that it was closed during the day and opened only for dinner. Anyone tried it?
I think that because when I was in that area and was jonesing for chicken, I always ended up at Chicken Alice on Kapiolani across the old HMSA building. Good ol’ Chicken Alice. Even the chicken plates with rice, mac salad, and kim chee was to die for. And the side orders of just chicken were perfect for pot lucks.
And what’s chicken-talk without mentioning Chico’s Pizza and Chicken. *sigh* – yet one more classic that I’ll never get to try… Come on MLCers – tell me about Chico’s fried chicken.
Okay, here’s a little trivia test for you folks. A co-worker of mine used to work at this chicken joint. The one that he worked at was located somewhere around Kapiolani Blvd and Atkinson Drive. They were famous for their delivery cars that had a plastic chicken on the roof. What was the name of this place? Bonus points if you can recite their trademark saying.
Honestly, I don’t remember this place nor their delivery cars. I’m just going by what my friend said. I wonder what kind of car they had – with the chicken on top.
And finally, remember Pioneer Chicken? I remember Pioneer Chicken because I recall one being located in Aikahi Park shopping center. And I remember the jingle – or some of it. It goes to the tune of Yankee Doodle and starts off with “Let’s all go to Pioneer, the chickens crisp and crunchy“. Try singing it to “Yankee Doodle went to town, riding on a pony”. Anyone know the rest of it?
Okay, that’s enough to get you started. What other chicken joints do you remember? I never realized how many chicken places there were until now. btw, this conversation can also talk about good chicken places around town. Doesn’t have to be just a chicken joint, could be a drive in like KJ’s in Kaneohe. Chicken like how my mom used to make it.
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