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Bali Hai, San Diego, CA (Restaurant)
bigtikidude
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 8849
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2012-11-21 5:16 pm   Permalink

3.50, such a deal,
what is thanksgiving out now,
like 30 to 40 bucks and up.

Jeff(btd)



 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4252
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2013-01-14 5:25 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-11-21 16:43, Luckydesigns wrote:
Found this in a San Diego Union newspaper from 1963.
It was just laying around my office!






I love the old Thanksgiving Day ads from Tiki restaurants, nice find.

Here is another ad for the sunset viewing of the lights turning on across the bay.



And a few more old photos found on-line.


This is a cool one of Dad checking out the Tiki with his little daughter.


DC


 
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arriano
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Joined: Jun 13, 2006
Posts: 1280
From: Dog Patch - San Diego
Posted: 2013-01-16 08:42 am   Permalink

Here's a new article about the owners of Bali Hai:

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jan/14/tp-all-in-the-restaurant-family/


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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4252
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2013-03-24 11:11 am   Permalink

I had a conversation with Bigbro a while back (over rum drinks) about the lack of menu imagery from the Bali Hai. For being one of the oldest long-running Tiki meccas, they had a paucity of interesting menu art. They used, and continue to use, two basic styles:

The Fisherman God



And the exterior rendering



And there was also Bigbro's menu that started from "The Hut" that transitioned to the Bali Hai.







So it was great interest when I saw this menu on ebay, pretty cool, a different style from the Bali Hai.












DC


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11107
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-03-24 3:21 pm   Permalink

Indeed. Compared to the artistic level of some of the other great Tiki Mecca menu covers, both the Fisherman's god and the restaurant-with-sailboat renderings are kind of crude and loveless - the Fisherman being just a copy of popular souvenir statue, and both renderings being printed in this dark, monochrome brown. They just don't reflect the intricate concepts used at the place - its architecture, its Tiki statue map, and the humor of the head hunter entrance statue and logo mug among them.

I mean: BALIIII HAIIII !!? That should inspire some evocative romantic imagery!

And sorry, that last one is completely off in my view:
The patterns have nothing to do with Oceanic art, and rather remind me of some Bavarian farm furniture folk art.

I really would like to know what happened to the original Christian's Hut proprietors, and why the place failed for them. Did THEY come up with the map display case concept, and the entrance head hunter design? Its cartoony-ness is certainly in keeping with the Goof logo of the Christian's Huts.
And WHO was it that designed those?


 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4252
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2013-12-24 12:38 pm   Permalink

Just in time for Christmas, Mr. Bali Hai Santa!











Tiki Shaker told me about these old photos when I saw him at the Don's International Market Place earlier this month. Be cool if the restaurant brought the tradition back some day.


DC


 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4252
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2014-04-23 10:28 pm   Permalink

1957 version of Mr. Bali Hai.



And a 1956 shot.




DC


 
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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
Posts: 3768
From: Las Vegas
Posted: 15 days ago; 6:36 pm   Permalink

Found this postcard today
I didn't see it posted here







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