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Tiki Tiki, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (restaurant)
Sweet Daddy Tiki
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Joined: Jul 20, 2003
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From: Edmonton
Posted: 2005-09-26 01:28 am   Permalink

Name:Tiki Tiki
Type:restaurant
Street:11723 Jasper Avenue
City:Edmonton, Alberta
State:
Zip:
country:Canada
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:
Opened in the fall of 1970, closed sometime around 1989. Here's a newpaper ad from 1970.



and one from 1972 (next to an ad for The Beachcomber).



(did you spot the typo?)

Nightly performances at 9:00 and 11:30 (except Sundays) featuring such entertainers as Leilani Kim and the Tiki Trio, and Prince Tafili and His Royal Samoans.

I was aware of this place but not yet into tiki when it was around, dammit. I have a vague recollection of it being kind of sleazy toward the end, maybe even a stripper bar (but I could be wrong).

There was a Tiki Tiki in Calgary as well, and maybe in some other western Canadian cities?



Swizzle



I have two of these mugs from local thrift stores but I have no idea if they come from this restaurant.

Today the location is a gay bar.



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bifcozz
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Posted: 2005-09-27 1:28 pm   Permalink



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Sweet Daddy Tiki
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From: Edmonton
Posted: 2005-09-30 02:19 am   Permalink

As a footnote, I also came across this while searching for newspaper ads for the Tiki Tiki:



A restaurant review from Oct. 6, 1970 had this to say:

"I can't honestly say the Trader's Oak Room's menu has changed or improved much since my last visit there. It has shrunken a bit (for instance, there are no desserts listed) and some prices have been upped.

But it's still a hodgepodge of various cuisines, with some Polynesian pretenses without any particular specialization. The room, in the basement of the Midtowner Motor Inn at 100th Avenue and 105th Street, reflects this indecision. Its decor is modern, the waiters are Oriental, and the music currently, has a south-of-the-border flavor."

The review goes on to describe the food, including a "Bo-Bo platter" of barbecued ribs, chicken liver balls, egg rolls and fried shrimps ($2.75), Chicken Long Hut ($3.25), Teriyaki beef ($4.50), and Shrimps Pino ($3.50). The reviewer and his guests drank wine and liqueurs; no mention of cocktails.


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Slacks Ferret
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Joined: Oct 02, 2003
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From: Calgary
Posted: 2005-10-01 6:59 pm   Permalink

I've got a few phone book images for the Calgary Tiki Tiki location (No need to start a new thread is there?):





Also a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan location mentioned in this ad!

I used odd dimensions... so there's cropping, but you get the idea...





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Brandomoai
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From: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Posted: 2008-08-12 07:38 am   Permalink

My mom took a mug home from Tiki Tiki in about 1973 which they had for many years before it finally got broken. Recently, my parents confirmed that this is indeed the mug:

(pic courtesy of Sweet Daddy Tiki)
This Orchids mug is fairly common around here, which could be explained if Tiki Tiki carried them. I have one and Sweet Daddy T. has several. Unfortunately, none found so far are marked. But it's another piece to the puzzle!


 
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joe90
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Joined: Aug 12, 2008
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From: Edmonton
Posted: 2008-08-12 1:41 pm   Permalink

I remember Tiki Tiki very well! I have a friend who worked there in the late 1970's. The place was actually really pretty nice inside, and had a great ErsatzElvisBlueHawaii kind of feel to it. You had to cross over a little bridge to get into the restaurant, if I remember right.

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IGNITERS
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Joined: Sep 12, 2008
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Posted: 2008-09-12 2:19 pm   Permalink

took a date there when I heard it was closing ....sad end to a great restaraunt and really a dining experience that I will never forget!

 
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TIKIVILLE
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Joined: Sep 22, 2008
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From: Edmonton Alberta Canada
Posted: 2008-10-08 1:33 pm   Permalink

THE MATCH PACK ! ! !





I just found this in my collection , dont know how long I've had it ...or if I saved it from my "first date " there......enjoy!
WAIT NEW FINDING! ANOTHER STYLE!






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Slacks Ferret
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Joined: Oct 02, 2003
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From: Calgary
Posted: 2009-03-01 11:28 pm   Permalink

I went back in and edited the pictures that Shutterfly had f*@%ed up of my phone book ads. All better now,
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-12-23 3:21 pm   Permalink

Another matchbook style seen on ebay.







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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2009-12-24 07:20 am   Permalink

Winner of the "Most Tiki mention in a row" award. I have to admit to always being slightly annoyed by folks with distant Polynesian period memories referring to Tiki temples as this or that "Tiki Tiki" place, a too cutesy version for naming the genre for my taste, probably ingrained by the Disney Tiki Room song.

 
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Brandomoai
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Joined: Mar 05, 2008
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From: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Posted: 2009-12-25 06:36 am   Permalink

I hate that, too, BigBro! That's my dad describing my hobby. But he says it with disdain and a touch of embarrassment: "He's into this Tiki Tiki thing". Anyway, I have something very interesting to add to this thread as soon as I get some photos of it...

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Brandomoai
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From: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Posted: 2009-12-26 8:33 pm   Permalink

This was a Christmas gift from my uncle. Here's the story: my uncle's friend salvaged this from Tiki Tiki when it closed. Apparently, it hung somewhere in the entrance. I've never seen any interior shots, so I wonder if anyone remembers this carving. It's about 17" wide by 29" tall and quite heavy! I'm not sure what kind of wood it's made of, maybe teak. It sat in this fellow's basement or something for 20 years collecting dust when my uncle found out about my interest in these things and rescued it from a dreary fate! I'm not sure if it's actually Polynesian in nature, but I could be wrong. To me, it looks like a big, ol' Indian head. Either way, it will look great hanging in my bar and it has a bit of history!



 
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TIKIVILLE
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Joined: Sep 22, 2008
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From: Edmonton Alberta Canada
Posted: 2009-12-28 11:23 am   Permalink

well thats Edmonton TIKI history right ? ....so regardless of style prefrence or content ,it had it's place in the facinating world of the exotic !
COOL find!


 
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Brandomoai
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From: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Posted: 2010-04-19 6:16 pm   Permalink



Found this at the West End Goodwill. Could it truly be something that was used at the Tiki Tiki? Or just a home-cast from a local Tiki Tiki fan (or someone, like my dad, who can't just say "tiki" once)? Anyone have a recollection of mugs like this being used there?


 
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