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Tropical Bistro, Hilliard, OH (restaurant)
Tipsy McStagger
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From: HELL
Posted: 2006-03-29 10:32 am   Permalink

I dunno...maybe I'm missing something....saw jeff's pics on the previous page and gotta say, this place looks absolutely horrific!! like some suburban nightmare come to life, which suprises me knowing that the kahiki folk had some hand in this...you would think that this place would have been dialed in alittle more but it can't decide what it wants to be...It looks like a cheap chinese bazzar(?)....boy, you know we are seriously starving for good tiki here in the midwest when we start cooing about half-baked places like this....I'm sorry, but this particular emperror has no clothes....i gotta give it 2 thumbs down on looks alone....sadly, it seems these people wouldn't know a tiki if it came walking into this dump on fire....

 
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tikibars
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From: Aku Hall, Chicago
Posted: 2006-03-29 10:43 am   Permalink

Jeff, Skip, and Ahu (and the rest)

Thanks for showing me a good time after my near-death experience on I-70.

I'd say it was a hair-raising occurance, but as you can see, I no longer have any.

This was not a direct result of the wreck, by the way.

John and Barb's place is AMAZING, the Bistro was fun, I'd love to see HRHH at Largo's, and the contents of Jeff's basement is mind blowing...

Thanks also for the pics...


 
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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2006-03-29 12:49 pm   Permalink

I am sorry Tipsy McStagger but I have to give YOU two thumbs down for giving a review on a place you have never stepped foot in. The decorations are half Mark Pi's and half Kahiki. The pictures really don't show you anything except who was there. Until you actually experience this place please keep your two-cents to yourself!!

Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff


 
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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2006-03-29 12:51 pm   Permalink

James,

What a GREAT time!!! Let us know next time you are in town. It was a real blast!!!

Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff


 
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Johnny Dollar
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Posted: 2006-03-29 1:14 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-03-29 10:32, Tipsy McStagger wrote:
sadly, it seems these people wouldn't know a tiki if it came walking into this dump on fire....



...but do you like pie?
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KuKuAhu
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Posted: 2006-03-29 1:16 pm   Permalink

Tropical Bistro is not the Kahiki. Not even close. But we like the place because they serve the drinks and the food from the Kahiki, they have a good portion of the kitchen staff from the Kahiki, they own all of the tables and chairs from the Kahiki, and there are a lot of Kahiki artifacts there on display.

It is not a tiki bar. It is a place run by Kahiki fans and ex-employees,and we love them for that.

As for the decor, it is my understanding that they are doing this on a very small budget, and 99% of what is there is left over from the old Mark Pi's restaurant. They just don't have the dough to gut it and grass thatch the place.

So, will I go here and have the pretty hostess gal drop a lei around my neck and bring me a mai tai? Will I drop in and order the Tahitian Mermaid just like they served at the Kahiki?

You bet. The Kahiki was amazing, and anybody trying to keep some of it alive is gonna get my support.



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Posted: 2006-03-29 3:57 pm   Permalink



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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2006-03-29 4:06 pm   Permalink

the loss of the kahiki was a major blow to the midwest tiki collective...i totally understand the importance of having a place to go to get your tiki freak-on, especially if your town may be lacking in places to go....i'm just spoiled here in chicago what with 2 vintage tiki bars at my disposal whenever i get the urge to imbibe...however, there was a time, not too long ago, when we would shit ourselves with excitement over finding a place that was remotely tiki, much like the reaction to the bistro...those days are happily over. with the tiki movement gaining momentum over the past few years we've seen alot of new and awesome bars appear on the scene...folks like crazy al and bamboo ben, among others have been putting blood sweat and tears into some of the best new places for a new tiki generation....and the point i was trying to make is that we, as tiki folk, no longer have to be beggars in terms of tiki...this is not the eighties anymore, tiki is plentiful and there are many more places deserving of our support....the whole line about the bistro having no budget is alot of crap...what they have at the bistro is no balls!! everyone knows that with the right creative people on board, any new place can make alittle seem like alot, regardless of how much cash you have to throw at it...the ol' no budget routine is an utter cop-out. yes, i have never set foot in the bistro, nor do i care to...i understand it's not trying to be a tiki bar and all that, but I used to work for a company that designed bars/niteclubs and restuarants and i'll tell you this...these days, half measures are not enough...they never were...if you're going to open a place and expect me to rally behind it you gotta be "bringin' it", you know what I mean?? ....and I think the bistro left it at home....but that's just my spin on it..sorry if I offend but life's rough, folks. I think a discussion deserves many points of view, even if they appear negative, jeff...so in an attitude 100% humor and happy tiki spirits, i say 2 thumbs to you my friend...right up your butt.

 
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Tiki Joe
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Posted: 2006-03-29 7:44 pm   Permalink

I have never been to the Tropical Bistro.

But, at least I am willing to give it a chance.

I have not judged it based on photos and I have not deemed it unworthy simply because it is not someplace over flowing with tiki.

Not having the budget to make it look like the Mai Kai is not a copout.

It is simply good business to start out slow and build a reputation.

Think about Trader Vic.

He didn't have a chain of restaurants overnight, yet here we are still talking about him and his legacy long after he is dead.

This is exactly why I joined Fraternal Order of the Moai.

I am tired of the attitudes and the superiority complexes many have here on TC.



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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2006-03-29 8:45 pm   Permalink

I don't know of a single tiki place that has it all. I won't go into nitpicking what's wrong with each place out there, because it misses the point -- there's a lot of good to be seen, if you keep your eyes peeled for it. But if you're looking for bad, you will always find it.

I will offer up one great example, though. The Tonga Room here in San Francisco seriously rivals the Mai Kai in the looks department. It's stunningly gorgeous. Palapa huts, 15' tikis, a lagoon in the middle complete with rainstorms, a lava-rock backed bar -- it has to be seen to be believed.

But it sucks ass. Seriously, we have a terrible time there. The food is terrible, the drinks are terrible, the service is atrocious. We happily go there with visitors from out of town, because everyone should see it at least once, and because it doesn't feel right to totally turn our backs on a place that has so much history, and so much potential. But between parking, one drink for each of us, and the cover charge, Hanford and I spent $60 there a couple weeks ago. That's $30 per drink. Crappy drinks. And we didn't get to keep the mug. We just can't afford that. So instead, we go to a tiki bar (SF Trader Vic's) that is downright boring in the decor department. We go there weekly, because we get good service, good drinks, and it's friendly.

No place is perfect, but if you're able to enjoy a great night out with friends in a friendly environment, you're ahead of the game. Add in great food & great drinks, and you're flying high. Yeah, the pictures look less than exciting, but there's something to be said for not throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Keep coming back, and it sends the message to the owners that more tiki = more customers.

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tikibars
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Posted: 2006-03-29 9:03 pm   Permalink

Tipsy's assesment and opinions on this place have a lot of validity, but I also think that he is missing one important thing, something that Jeff, Matt, Skip, and the rest of the Columbus ohana (and me) have seen first hand: Tropical Bistro is the only place within a 350 mile radius of the ground it stands on that serves a decent tropical drink.

Yeah, the place has a TiPSY factor of near zero, but hell, their cocktails are a miracle, and are the only ones worth drinking the in the state of Ohio... not to mention Kentucky, Indiana, or Pennsylvania.

I agree that the decor pretty much tanks (monkey pod tables rescued from Kahiki non withstanding), and that Tiki or not, modern restaurants need to separate themselves from the pack, but come on - these Ohio boys are in dire need of quality cocktails, and Bistro delivers.

And the food is pretty good too.

More power to 'em.

Compare this to Humu's post above about Tonga Room - which I agree with 100% - she (and I) says that the place is a miracle to view, but the food, drinks, and service all suck. At Bistro, the food, drinks, and service are all great.


So the atmosphere is bland at Bistro... you can't have it all.
Not anymore....

Hey Tipsy (in the spirit of the same sort of jest you directed towards Jeff), I remember a great LOOKING Neo-Tiki bar in Chicago that looked AWESOME (and was desinged by who... oh, yeah, YOU) but it served shitty drinks, and played Aerosmith tunes for sloshed yuppies. How long did it last? 18 months? I never thought I'd say this, but maybe the decor isn't always everything....


 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2006-03-29 10:06 pm   Permalink

you're right..good service, good food and good drink definately count for something....as for rock-a-tiki, you and I both know what a tool the owner of that place was...that place tanked because of poor service, overpriced drinks and general lack of the right attitude on the owners part.......All of these elements are important and need to be present in order for it to work. .... I won't bore these fine folk with the details of the places demise...also, you're right in that if the bistro is the best place around to get a decent tropical drink, more power to em'........my concern is not about coping attitude, which was naively summized in an earlier post....my beef is quality versus quantity....yes, you may not be able to "have it all" as you pointed out, but does that mean that we shouldn't try?? do we concede defeat because it's never been done?? do we just accept what's given us and consider ourselves lucky to have it? I'd rather have 10 top notch places to visit than 50 mediocre ones...good drinks or not. it's about the total vibe for me and it encompasses everything involved......short of that, yes, humu, we have to see the good in what's available right now in the places we visit and make the most of it but my fear is that we become too complacent and we, as a tiki culture, start to find ourselves settling for less than we deserve.....we, as a group, rekindled a dying aspect of our pop culture.....alot of us worked long and hard through our own idividual as well as group efforts and participation to see that it survived...I would hate to see us sell it out from under ourselves because we got lazy and settled for less...after all, that's how tiki nearly died the first time around......and on that note, I would like to expand on a famous quote

"the price of freedom (and good tiki establishments) is eternal vigilance"


 
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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2006-03-29 10:33 pm   Permalink

Oh, I totally hear you about not giving up on the dream, Tipsy. I just think we're better off if we work with what's there, rather than rejecting it outright. There have been some surprising success stories (the Caliente Tropics in Palm Springs, the Alibi in Portland) that have come out of local people who knew the history and cared enough to spend time getting owners excited about the potential of what they've got.

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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2006-03-30 04:50 am   Permalink

...yeah, working with new owners to help get a place dialed in helps....you're right, there have been some success stories...except didn't the new owners of the tropics now decide they don't like/won't support tiki? or did I miss something? ....the prior owners did a great job of restoring the place though....

 
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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2006-03-30 09:47 am   Permalink

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On 2006-03-29 22:33, Humuhumu wrote:
Oh, I totally hear you about not giving up on the dream, Tipsy. I just think we're better off if we work with what's there, rather than rejecting it outright. There have been some surprising success stories (the Caliente Tropics in Palm Springs, the Alibi in Portland) that have come out of local people who knew the history and cared enough to spend time getting owners excited about the potential of what they've got.



Thanks Humuhumu. I couldn't have said it better myself!!!!

Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff


 
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