Tidings Comfort Food And Joy

Cover Story

December 17, 2017

Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo

Server Kevin Mahoney, trainer Christyn Cabahit and manager Trevor Luke with Korean Fried Chicken, Local Favorites and Fried Noodle pupu platters

Zippy’s Restaurants is poised for the bustling holiday season with a host of special offerings and gift ideas available at its array of convenient locations.

Zippy’s has built its stellar reputation over the past half century 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 the Local Favorites Platter ($32.50) — a perfect combination of teriyaki beef, hoki, chicken katsu, hot dog and Portuguese sausage — as well as Chicken Katsu ($30.50), Korean Fried Chicken ($35.50) and Fried Noodles ($27.75). The platters can be ordered at all Zippy’s locations with at least one hour’s notice prior to pickup, and as a reminder, prices may vary by location.

Zippy’s New Year’s Specials, including (clockwise, from top left) Holiday Sushi Platter, Chicken Nishime, Konbu Maki and Namasu

The Holiday Sushi Platter ($33.50) is designed to please local diners with 40 pieces of maki, 16 pieces of cucumber, 16 pieces of takuan and 10 pieces of 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, Pearl-ridge, Vineyard and Waiau).

Roast Turkey and Baked Ham Combo ($11.95 fast food, $13.75 dine-in)

For New Year’s celebrations, Maki Sushi Rolls ($5.75 apiece, uncut) and Konbu Maki ($10.95 for a six pack) with pork, carrot and gobo wrapped with konbu and kanpyo are excellent choices. Namasu ($14.75 for Zip Meal, about 2 pounds; $48 for a barrel, about 7 pounds) and Chicken Nishime ($15.95 Zip Meal; $50.50 barrel) are also available, the latter of which is a popular Japanese stew prepared with chicken, konyaku, carrots, sataimo (taro balls), renken (lotus root), gobo, bamboo shoots and shiitake mushrooms.

Grilled Salmon with Crab & Artichoke Sauce ($17.25, dine-in only)

Prepayment is required, and orders may be placed online via Zippys.com by clicking on the “New Year’s Specials” link until Dec. 20. Guests may also place orders at the restaurant until Dec. 28 at noon, or with a credit card through Zippy’s Administration Office from Dec. 18 to 28 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 pickup: Kapolei, Vineyard, Makiki, Waiau, Pearlridge, Kaneohe, Kahala, Ewa and Mililani. Orders will be available on New Year’s Eve (Sunday, Dec. 31) and New Year’s Day (Monday, Jan. 1), and these locations will be open from 10 a.m. on 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 on Sunday, Dec. 31 (prices will be slightly higher than on Oahu).

Prime Rib ($19.95, dine-in only)

“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 (while supplies last). Choices include Roast Turkey Plate ($11.35 fast food, $13.05 dine-in), Baked Ham with Rum Raisin Sauce ($9.95 fast food, $11.45 dine-in), and Roast Turkey and Baked Ham Combo ($11.95 fast food, $13.75 dine-in). Additional specials exclusively offered at the dine-in restaurant include Grilled Salmon with Crab & Artichoke Sauce ($17.25) and Prime Rib ($19.95).


Just in time for holiday gift giving, Zippy’s Restaurants is offering gift cards for use at all locations. The cards, which are reloadable and come in denominations starting at $5, are available at special kiosks set up at the following locations: Makiki and Mililani (Dec. 16-24, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.); as well as Kaneohe, Waiau, Vineyard, Waipio, Kahala and Pearl-ridge (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.

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