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El Tiki, Imperial, CA (restaurant)
AceExplorer
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2015-09-11 07:57 am   Permalink

Nice, MDM, good choice of subject! You can create your own wall art for your tiki bar. That's cool.

 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2015-11-14 1:10 pm   Permalink

El Tiki had ephemera! Thank you HBTiki


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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2016-01-28 10:25 pm   Permalink

Finally found 2 lonely pictures of the inside of El Tiki. They were taken in the early 80s, after the restaurant closed but was still used for private get-togethers. Thatch, bamboo, Tikis, fishing net, etc. The dapper gentleman in the grey suit is the owner, Ben




 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2016-01-29 10:38 am   Permalink

Cool! What a stylish dude, loved by the ladies!

 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2016-01-29 3:23 pm   Permalink

Whoops, that was supposed to be a private message LOL

[ This Message was edited by: MadDogMike 2016-01-29 15:27 ]


 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2016-08-15 06:35 am   Permalink

This was a fiberglass sombrero'd tiki that was part of the sign for the El Tiki fast food restaurant that opened in San Diego in the late 1970s. It has been split into 2 halves and repainted but I didn't realize it still existed.


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nui 'umi 'umi
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Posted: 2016-08-15 11:17 pm   Permalink

Nice Mike, mahalo for sharing, my hats off to you!

 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2018-04-29 12:41 pm   Permalink

A while back we moved Ben to our house and out of his mountain cabin. My wife and her siblings are in the process of cleaning out the cabin and I am hopeful they will unearth some El Tiki treasures. One of the things they found so far was a menu that has been previously posted here. I was taking a closer look at the drink menu. El Tiki just had a beer and wine license, no liquor. The menu included the usually suspects for the time including Hamms, Schlitz, Olympia, Lucky, and Burgie. Since it was a Mexican restaurant, there was also Tecate, Corona, San Miguel, and Carta Blanca. I remember Almaden wines in the big gallon "cannonball" bottles. He had wine coolers made from several varieties of wine. But what intrigues (and frankly frightens) me is the "Bali Hai". A "Delightful tropical fruit flavor". What do you think it might have been? We will probably never know.




 
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tikijimmy
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Posted: 2018-04-29 4:38 pm   Permalink





Bali Hai wine from the late 60s.... ugghhh


 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2018-04-29 5:33 pm   Permalink

WOW Jimmy! That's the right time frame. I emptied a lot of trash working at the restaurant but don't recall those bottles but that still could have been exactly what they used

 
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