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Honolulu Restaurant in Alexandria - hello & goodbye

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Honolulu Restaurant in Alexandria - hello & goodbye

Lauryn | Mar 23, 2004 09:27 AM

2 weeks ago, I journeyed from Kensington all the way to S Alexandria, just to visit the soon-to-close Honolulu on Telegraph Rd. It's one of those vintage tiki bars you don't find much anymore, serving Chinese food. It was written up a few years ago in The Post - the owner used to mix drinks at Trader Vic's in DC before it closed in the 1980s.

I had a pina colada, hot & sour soup, and - talk about VINTAGE - a pupu platter. Haven't had one of those in AGES. The pina colada was not a blended frozen smoothie consistency, which is what I prefer, but it wasn't watered-down either. As a kid, I used to love "cooking" my satay meat over the pupu "fire." Hardly any Chinese place has that anymore - anyone know of any??

And the decor! Wonderfully tacky, even tho you wouldn't know it by looking at the outside. Totem poles, large shells, nautical items dangling from the ceiling. I'm sorry this place wasn't close to my home - I'd have visited a lot more often. The cinderblock building will be torn down this summer as the exit ramps to I-95/395 will be improved, and the owners are taking advantage of this time to retire.

Their last day of serving is Saturday April 10. They will be auctioning all the decorations and furnishings in April & May.

So go & visit a vanishing "art": a tiki bar.

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