Making Diners Feel Right At Home For The HolidaysCover Story Features
December 18, 2016
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Anthony Consillio
While its convenient locations serve as go-to dining destinations throughout the year, Zippy’s Restaurants also is poised for the bustling holiday season with a host of special offerings and gift ideas.
Zippy’s has built its stellar reputation over the past 50 years by serving up ono local-style comfort food, and those same flavors and iconic tastes ring true through an array of popular party and pupu platters. Options include Local Favorites Platter ($31.65) — a perfect combination of teriyaki beef, hoki, chicken katsu, hot dog and Portuguese sausage — as well as Chicken Katsu ($29.80), Korean Fried Chicken ($34.50) and Fried Noodles ($27). The platters can be ordered at all Zippy’s locations with one hour’s notice prior to pickup, and as a reminder, prices may vary by location.
Holiday Sushi Platter ($32.50) is geared to please local diners with 40 pieces of maki, 12 cucumber, 12 takuan and 10 inari sushi varieties. Three days’ notice is requested for this special platter, which will be available for pickup through Dec. 31 at all Oahu locations, and Jan. 1 at select locations (Ewa, Kahala, Kaneohe, Kapolei, Makiki, Mililani, Pearlridge, Vineyard and Waiau).
For New Year’s celebrations, Maki Sushi Roll ($5.35 uncut) and Konbu Maki ($10.95 for a six pack) with pork, carrot and gobo wrapped with konbu and kanpyo are excellent choices. Namasu ($14.25 for Zip Meal, about 2 pounds; $47.75 for a Barrel, about 7 pounds) and Chicken Nishime ($15.50 Zip Meal; $49.50 Barrel) also are available; the latter of which is a popular Japanese stew prepared with sataimo (taro balls), renken (lotus root) lots of veggies, konyaku and other flavorful ingredients.
Prepayment is required, and orders may be placed online via Zippys.com by clicking on the “New Year’s Specials” link through Dec. 23. Guests also may place orders at the restaurant until 10 p.m. Dec. 27, or with a credit card through Zippy’s Administration Office from Dec. 19 to 27 by calling 973-0880, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Customers may pay in person at select locations where the New Year’s items will be available for pick up: Kapolei, Vineyard, Makiki, Waiau, Pearlridge, Kaneohe, Kahala, Ewa and Mililani. Pickup will be available on New Year’s Eve (Saturday, Dec. 31) and New Year’s Day (Sunday, Jan. 1), and these locations will be open from 10 a.m. New Year’s Day (except Pearlridge, which opens at 8 a.m.). All other locations will be closed New Year’s Day. Zippy’s Kahului has Maui diners covered by offering Konbu Maki and Chicken Nishime for pickup Dec. 31 (prices will be slightly higher than on Oahu).
“We have consistently strived to maintain our food quality and the great local taste that have helped build our reputation throughout the years, especially with our signature items,” says Jeanine Mamiya-Kalahiki, marketing manager at Zippy’s Restaurants. “Times have changed, but what remains consistent is good quality, great taste and service with aloha.”
Zippy’s welcomes families to celebrate Dec. 24 and 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. with Christmas Dine-In Specials, available at both the dine-in restaurants and fast-food counters. Choices include Roast Turkey Plate ($10.55 fast food, $12.15 dine-in), Baked Ham ($9.95 fast food, $10.15 dine-in) and Roast Turkey & Baked Ham Combo ($11.15 fast food, $12.35 dine-in). Additional specials exclusive to the dine-in restaurant include Grilled Salmon with Crab & Artichoke Sauce ($15.95) and Prime Rib ($20.25).
“We could not have been successful for 50 years without the loyal customers who grew up with us — some first dined with us as kids and have continued to share Zippy’s with multiple generations of their families,” says Mamiya-Kalahiki.
Just in time for holiday gift-giving, Zippy’s Restaurants is offering gift cards for use at all locations. The cards, which are reloadable, are available at special kiosks set up at the following locations: Kaneohe, Makiki, Waipio, Kahala, Mililani, Waiau, Pearlridge and Vineyard (call restaurants for dates and times of availability).
From now through Dec. 31, purchase $50 in Zippy’s gift cards and receive a complimentary $5 Zippy’s coupon.
Various locations across Oahu, as well as Kahului and Hilo
973-0880 (Administration Office)
Most locations open 24 hours
Prices may vary by location