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Eat Your Way to Sin City

By Nicole Kato Photos By Lawrence Tabudlo
January 20, 2013

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Las Vegas has been called the ninth Hawaiian island, and locals flock to Nevada for a taste of what Sin City has to offer, whether it be gambling, shows or buffets.

Zippy’s understands the fascination locals have with Las Vegas, and is proud to announce its Las Vegas Giveaway, which coincides with its value offers.

With any purchase at one of Zippy’s various locations around Oahu, as well as one in Kahului, Maui, customers will receive an entry blank for a chance to win one of 25 grand prize trips for two from Honolulu to Las Vegas on Vacation Hawaii’s new wide-body 767 airplanes, with accommodations at California Hotel.

“We’ve had an ongoing relationship with them (Vacations Hawaii), and our customers just love Vegas,” says Zippy’s marketing manager Jeanine Mamiya-Kalahiki, who also notes that Vacations Hawaii serves Zippy’s famous chili on the flights to Vegas. “Vacations Hawaii is a local company, too, and very reliable. So we thought the pairing was perfect.”

If you’re not sure what to eat when making a purchase for your Las Vegas entry blank, Dining Out has compiled a short list of tasty choices.

With the unpredictable rainy weather that has been hitting the Islands, Zippy’s has great soups to choose from to soothe your soul and warm your body.

Zippy’s Oxtail Style Turkey Neck Soup ($5.59, fast food; $6.59, restaurant) is the perfect alternative to the traditional Oxtail soup.

Each cut of turkey neck is simmered in a tasty broth similar to the famous Oxtail Soup and is topped with choi sum and Chinese parsley, and served with your choice of white or brown rice. Ginger also is served upon request.

Oxtail Style Turkey Neck Soup, great for Hawaii’s “winter” weather,” was introduced in 2009 and since then has been a big hit with customers, and the restaurant is excited to bring it back again for a limited time — until Feb. 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., while supplies last.

If you’re more into the classics Zippy’s has to offer, then Zip Min ($8.95, restaurant only) is the perfect solution. This signature favorite is served with saimin noodles, wun tun, breaded shrimp, choi sum, fish cake, dried seaweed, egg, sweet pork and green onions.

There’s no wonder it’s a longtime favorite since it’s packed with delicious ingredients that have been proven winners with locals.

Meat lovers rejoice at the sound of Pork Saimin ($9.25, restaurant only). The signature saimin noodles are topped with generous amounts of roast pork and sweet pork, and is garnished with fish cake, choi sum, egg and green onions.

A trifecta of happiness awaits you with the Spaghetti and Chicken Mixed Plate ($6.29, fast food; $7.29, restaurant). Zippy’s spaghetti is topped with your choice of meat sauce or Zippy’s chili and is served with fried chicken, garlic bread and macaroni salad. This combination has “comfort food” written all over it.

This dish also is available until Feb. 3, 24 hours daily.

For those wishing to eat healthier at the start of 2013, Zippy’s hasn’t forgotten about you. In fact, it puts in extra effort to make dishes that appeal not only to your New Year’s resolution but also to your palate.

The new Golden Chicken Orange Salad ($9.95, restaurant only) features Zippy’s signature sliced golden crispy chicken on a bed of ‘Nalo greens, mandarin orange wedges, red onions, bacon bits, croutons and a fruit vinaigrette dressing.

According to Mamiya-Kalahiki, this dish is perfect for those wanting to add some substance to their salad.

If you’re cutting out meat from your diet completely, then Mandarin Orange Salad ($6.95, restaurant only) fits the bill. ‘Nalo greens are tossed with mandarin orange wedges, sliced almonds and dried cranberries, served with fruit vinaigrette dressing.

So, at the start of the new year, if you have Vegas on your mind, remember that Zippy’s has the perfect way for you to score a free trip, as well as yummy grinds.

Zippy’s Restaurants

1725 S. King St., Honolulu (and various locations)
973.0877
Open 24 hours, seven days a week
zippys.com
Note: Prices are slightly higher at Zippy’s Kahului