Joined: Aug 22, 2002
From: San Francisco
|Posted: 2003-10-06 2:07 pm  Permalink|
Tikifish said it better than I could, when she found Restaurant Luau in Quebec:
The ultimate holy grail of tiki hunting (besides maybe a Mauna Loa mug or a Steve Crane bowl) is finding a tiki bar that hasn't been documented or found by other intrepid tiki hunters. It's kind of like being Lord Carnarvon and finding Tut's tomb unspoiled. But better, because tiki hunting doesn't come with a mummy's curse (though it would make a good name for a drink).
Indeed, this is a special, even magical feeling -- I've found a new (to us) Polynesian palace. I haven't been there myself yet, but I found a coworker with a sister in Mexico City who has been before, and grilled her with a few questions:
Do they have tikis? Yes
Do they serve tropical drinks in tiki mugs? Yes
What year did Mauna Loa open? Long, long time ago....
What does the interior decoration look like? Polynesian, it is very typical.
Is the food any good (warning: it almost certainly won't be)? So, so....
The responses aren't exactly as detailed as I'd hoped, and I don't have pictures, but it's a promising start. She hadn't had the Mai Tai and so couldn't report on the quality of the drinks, and she didn't give me any specifics on the floor show. Next step is to call the place and ask for more specifics, like what year it opened, and if there is a connection to the other Mauna Loa.
Now, excuse me while I do a victory lap around my office...
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