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Mister Tiki Mai Tai Lounge, San Diego, CA (restaurant)
DawnTiki
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From: next stop Hulaville!
Posted: 2005-01-14 01:02 am   Permalink

I can't remember my password half the time, but this stuff I remember...WTF?

http://ironwoodglass.com/noname18.html

Here's the thread discussing it.... http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=9496&forum=1



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Digitiki
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Joined: Jul 22, 2004
Posts: 754
From: L.A. baby!
Posted: 2005-01-14 1:19 pm   Permalink

Thansk DawnTiki! They are so cool! Expensive though---wow.

 
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TikiJosh
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Joined: Feb 01, 2005
Posts: 735
Posted: 2005-08-19 01:29 am   Permalink

When I was at Mr. Tiki's I was coveting those puffers. After some looking, and I'm sure most of you know about these, I found the fugu hangers at munktiki as a cheaper alternative ($36). No lamp, though. Not sure what they're made of, so I'm not sure if they could be made to accept a small light bulb, or if you'd even be able to see the light.
Does anyone know about that, or has anyone tried?


 
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hodadhank
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Joined: Dec 28, 2005
Posts: 1686
From: Mission Beach, CA
Posted: 2006-01-11 11:31 am   Permalink

Just noticed Mr Tiki is having a special three course menu for only $20 thru Jan 14th. This allows me to spend more on drinks!

Mmmmmmmm...drinks!

http://www.cohnrestaurants.com/cohn/cohnrestaurants/2006specialmenu1.php

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tikipedia
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Joined: Aug 25, 2004
Posts: 490
From: San Diego
Posted: 2006-01-13 9:14 pm   Permalink

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On 2006-01-11 11:31, hodadhank wrote:
Just noticed Mr Tiki is having a special three course menu for only $20 thru Jan 14th. This allows me to spend more on drinks!



In case you haven't noticed, local Costcos sell dinner cards for Cohen Restaurants, including Mr. Tiki. I think the cards are $86.00 for $100.00 worth of dining (or mai tais). Personally, I'll head over to the Bali Hai instead. I've found 6 Mr. Tiki's mai tais equals 1 Bali Hai mai tai.
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freddiefreelance
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Joined: Feb 15, 2003
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From: San Diego, Ca.
Posted: 2006-01-14 2:29 pm   Permalink

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On 2006-01-13 21:14, tikipedia wrote:
I've found 6 Mr. Tiki's mai tais equals 1 Bali Hai mai tai.


OK, everyone say it together: "But they cut you off after six Bali Hai Mai Tais!"


 
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hodadhank
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Joined: Dec 28, 2005
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From: Mission Beach, CA
Posted: 2006-01-26 10:04 am   Permalink

Turned out to be a scam anyway. Once seated the three course meal turned out to be ten bucks more expensive than advertised, so instead of raising a fuss we ordered pupus and cocktails. It was still a convenient treat to entertain our friend from Toronto surrounded by tapa print, blown glass puffers and towering Bosko tikis, then pour her in a taxi to Santa Fe station in time to catch a train to LA.

I guess next time I'll just have to smuggle in some extra travel size rums!

Do they make mini bottles Lemon Hart or St. James?

Of course I agree the Bali Hai has the best booze on the bay, but I can't help wishing they'd re-commit themselves to their tiki heritage by pumping up the dining area's decor.



 
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tikipedia
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Joined: Aug 25, 2004
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2006-01-26 5:51 pm   Permalink

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Of course I agree the Bali Hai has the best booze on the bay, but I can't help wishing they'd re-commit themselves to their tiki heritage by pumping up the dining area's decor.



The Bali Hai has made some (minor) strides to revamp the place. The famous Goof was repainted to pristine colors. And the restaurant allowed Mr. Bali Hai to be restored. It also seemed (to my rum-addled memory) that they've made some very small upgrades in the bar area.

Yes, they do have a long way to go if they actually do want to restore the venerable Bali Hai to its glory days. But they said on their website that they are planning to restore things. Time will tell if they do so.
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tikiyaki
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Joined: May 18, 2004
Posts: 2706
From: The Exotic Port of REDONDO BEACH, CA
Posted: 2006-03-05 4:01 pm   Permalink

Went to SD this weekend for my birthday. I was a bit worried about going to Mr Tiki's by what i read on this board. but I have to say, the place was just great. Great Decor, with lots of Bosko Tikis, Oceanic Arts lamps and creative use of bamboo. The only thing that was not good about the atmosphere ws the music. If they were plaing Arthur Lyman and Martin Denny, the place would be a 10 in my book.
As far as food goes, we only had Pupus, no main course meals. The food we DID have tho' was excellent. Everything tiki food is supposed to be....exotic tasting with a Asian and Pacific Rim flair. Lots of yummy sauces, and very unique flavorings to the food....ie: Coffee glazed spare ribs....never would have thought of that, but it worked.
Kailua Pork gyoza...amazing...ginger chicken egg rolls....it all tastes as good as it sounds too.

As for drinks, I can't comment because I don't drink, but I got my diet coke served in a tiki mug as per my request.(tho' I wasn't able to buy the mug, and it had no Mr Tiki logo on it)
I also got a free dessert with a candle for my birthday, and ALL the servers were UBER nice.
As far as tiki-ness goes....There was more than enough tikis and polynesian decor to make me feel like I was in something exotic and cool. Being a fan of Mid Centiry Modern decor, clutter bums me out, so I the fact that there wasn't a pufferfish or fishnet hanging and plastic lobsters over every square inch of my head didn't bother me at all. All I know is, everywhere I turned there was something tiki, and that's good enough.
Prices...a bit on the expensive side, but nothing crazy...besides...the Tiki Restaurants of the past were all on the expensive side.

My rating for Mr Tiki...a 9. Change the music, add a few waterfalls and its a 10. In this day and age, I'm glad someone is doing a place like this.


 
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bas_trat
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Joined: Mar 31, 2006
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Posted: 2006-03-31 10:37 am   Permalink

I AM SURE THIS IS IN THE WRONG SPOT, BUT DOES ANYONE KNOW IF MISTER TIKI IN SAN DIEGO STILL SELLS SCORPION BOWLS.?? I AM HAVING A BACHLORETTE PARTY TOMORROW NIGHT AND FROM THE EAST COAST AND AM CRAVING A SCORPION BOWL. PLEASE LET ME KNOW..

 
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kingtiki
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Joined: Oct 17, 2005
Posts: 113
From: Sandy Eggo, CA
Posted: 2006-03-31 11:19 am   Permalink

Went there a couple of weeks ago and I don't remember seeing the scorpion bowl on the drink menu. They do have a couple of bowl drinks - most notably the Killa Kilauea - so perhaps they could muster one up. Perhaps another TC'er has gotten one there. I've had mixed results with their bartenders in the past - some were not so talented - but if your bachelorette party is downtown Mr. Tiki is probably your best chance.
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freddiefreelance
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From: San Diego, Ca.
Posted: 2006-03-31 5:57 pm   Permalink

You can get a Flaming Volcano Bowl, but I'd suggest a side trip to the Bali Hai for a Scorpion Bowl.
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Mr. NoNaMe
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Joined: May 10, 2006
Posts: 1919
Posted: 2006-07-20 5:18 pm   Permalink

I went last night. The food was great! The decor was great. I am new to tiki and I can recognize a Basko when it is next to Hershey's.

The drinks were a little on the light side. Sucked up a flaming Kilauea thingy with the wife and had a Horny Monkey.
The music......... mmm,...well.....they are not even playing reggae anymore. Although I do like STP and tool.
Mugs.....well, they are selli...trying to sell plane Libbys for $20. ;(

The decor was really neat. If you can get to Martini Ranch a little before Mister Tiki then you are feeling good.



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dogbytes
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
Posts: 2242
From: seattle, wa
Posted: 2007-03-23 11:06 pm   Permalink

we took my sister-in-law and her husband to dinner at Mister Tiki ~ the decor is still fantastic, the "sharing" menu has changed considerably since the last time we visited. fewer items, and much smaller portions.

here's Mr. Bytes opinion of the drinks : "I like their version of the mai tai (the Mr. Tiki, not the "haole" one), which I ordered second. First I had a Suffering Bastard; once more, the ingredients listed on the menu looked right, but the execution was screwed up. The bartender had muddled several cocktail cherries in the bottom of the glass (wtf??) and combined with the ginger ale this turned the Suffering Bastard into a Shirley Temple plus booze. Hey, maybe that makes it a new drink ... the Suffering Shirley."


 
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Sophista-tiki
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Joined: Sep 13, 2005
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From: Seattle WA
Posted: 2007-03-24 08:26 am   Permalink

Ha Ha Suffering Shirle,

 
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