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Bahooka, Rosemead, CA (restaurant)
ookoo lady
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Posted: 2005-09-08 7:05 pm   Permalink

The Bahooka management is disappointed that Von Franco is not holding their show this year. Apparently there were scheduling conflicts.

If someone else wants to step forward and organize a big tiki event at the Bahooka, they would love to hear from you.
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procinema29
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Posted: 2005-09-08 11:05 pm   Permalink

Maybe it's the rum, but...like Dr. Who's Tardis, the Bahooka is clearly much larger on the inside than it is on the outside. I have walked around the interior several times, and I am telling you that you cannot FIT the inside into the outside. Not even with television.

 
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KaptainKuku
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From: Hollyweird
Posted: 2005-10-24 05:53 am   Permalink

Love the Bahooka. I've gone there for my birthday for the past three years.

The ribs are pretty good, not the best ever, but certainly above average. Some of the rest of the food was a little bit too fried. Lots of fried breaded stuff. But I guess that's the authentic cuisine from back in the day.

The drinks are fantastic. The decor is hilarious and adorable. The fish tanks are cool as hell. Is Rufus still alive?

If you've never been to Bahooka, it's worth at least one trip, maybe a drive of one or two hours. Good road trip.


 
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7echo
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Joined: May 31, 2005
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Posted: 2005-10-24 9:10 pm   Permalink

Can anyone confirm that it is open again as of 10-24-05? I drove there on 07-21-05 for my kids' birthday (after checking the website for hours, directions, etc, no hint of problems) only to arrive to find that it was CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS until at least 09-27-05 according to the sign posted outside. Also, the post about it being run by a former employee of Kelbos', I remember reading that in a magazine a number of years ago, and from personal experience, the menu at Bahooka is almost identical to Kelbo's in it's prime (hooray for the baked yams & ribs!!!) Only thing missing is the neon-backlit boards at each booth illustrating the various mixed drinks available. I remember one (can't recall the name of the drink, though) that was touted as being Johnny Carson's favorite whne ever he visited. Gee, the good ole' days!!!!

 
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Rob Roy
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From: Ventura, CA
Posted: 2005-10-25 09:07 am   Permalink

I ate lunch there last week. If they renovated it, I couldn't tell. The place still leaks when it rains.

 
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tikijackalope
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Posted: 2005-10-28 5:12 pm   Permalink

I was there twice in August; the second time, with my girlfriend and her four-year-old niece. They'll serve ANY drink on fire, you know; they even served the little girl's milk with a flaming crouton suspended above. We were all impressed with that. I think I shot a couple hundred photos. The place is a beautiful aquarium-lined, tiki-peppered labyrinth.
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SoccerTiki
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From: TheSoccerTikiGrotto, Island of LongBeach
Posted: 2005-11-01 11:42 am   Permalink

Order a "Grenade" from the bar (while you're looking down at the fish under the bartop!) AND....if you're feeling a little crazy......order it with the pin pulled! Don't order more than two and expect to drive very well!!!
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sporkboyofjustice
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Posted: 2005-12-29 10:18 am   Permalink

I went here for the first time and really had a good time. The ribs are great and I had a flaming side salad. Everyone else at my table gave me strange looks when I ordered it but were impressed when they brought it out. One of the staff members said that on monday (this would have been December 26th) they were going to be closed to film a movie with Jim Carrey. Fun times.

 
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tikijackalope
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Posted: 2005-12-30 02:41 am   Permalink

sporkboyofjustice wrote
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One of the staff members said that on monday (this would have been December 26th) they were going to be closed to film a movie with Jim Carrey. Fun times.


As noted previously in this listing, Bahooka was used as a location for "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." I haven't seen the movie, but one of the staff told us it was the booth at the very end of the aisle after you go in and turn right.
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procinema29
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Posted: 2005-12-30 11:44 am   Permalink

As far as I know, several angles of the inside are seen (even giant fish Rufus can be seen!), and there is a shot that was taken outside in the parking lot. I think one of the waiters mentioned that the table you described was the "Johnny Depp table," or the table Depp relaxed at while they filmed there.

 
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MrBaliHai
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Posted: 2005-12-30 9:00 pm   Permalink

I lived just a few miles away from the Bahooka back in the Seventies. In high school, it was a popular place to take a date for dinner because you could make out in the booths and some of the waiters would serve us alcohol without checking IDs.

I went back there last Christmas for the first time in almost 30 years. We had our kids with us this time, so no booth nooky for me and Missus Bali Hai, but it was still a lot of fun.
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tikijackalope
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Posted: 2005-12-30 9:26 pm   Permalink

MrBaliHai, this one's for you:
Enjoying the presentation of a flaming Mai Tai at the Bahooka.

I was there twice in August...went to Tiki Ti right afterwards...nothing against Tiki Ti, and I perceive it's coolness, but I prefer the tranquility of Bahooka.
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tikijackalope
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Posted: 2005-12-30 10:06 pm   Permalink

Our lovely server eyes Rufus...and vice versa.


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MrBaliHai
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Posted: 2005-12-31 03:56 am   Permalink

Great pics, 'lope! That shot of Rufus is a classic. There was a line 5 deep to toss him carrots on the night we were there, so my kids were disappointed.

And I agree that the Ti is not a place known for its peace and quiet, but I sure met a lot of cool folks there the last time I went, and the drinks were amazingly good. Bahooka is the place to take people you already know for some intimate socializing, and watch Go-Go light stuff on fire.
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mjrphreak
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Posted: 2006-01-23 08:52 am   Permalink

I went there for the first time this weekend and loved every minute of it. On a side note there were alot of rigging trucks in the back and a truck from Univerisal Studios. When we arrived inside I inquired about all the trucks and people out back. The management told me that tommorow(today) they were filming a suspense/thriller movie staring Jim Carey titled "Number 23". While on a non chalent trip to the restroom I could see into the area they had marked off and they had put of Christmas decorations in the parts they would be filming. Rufus was ever present and eating his usual carrots.

 
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