Search Results for: kahiki

Ohio + Tahiti = Kahiki

In the heyday of Polynesian restaurants, the 1960s and 1970s, the business attracted operators because of high profits in rum drinks. Their marketing relied on bar decoration, bartender apparel, drink names, elaborate serving vessels, and imaginative presentation. The same was … Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Polynesian restaurants, popular restaurants

2012, a recap

I had a pleasant surprise when I looked over my numbers for the past year and discovered that my page views had increased by 78%. As a “niche blogger” my biggest question is whether anyone is reading what I write … Continue reading


Filed under miscellaneous

Sweet and sour Polynesian

One remarkable accomplishment of Polynesian restaurants was how they lured the male diner without using steak as bait. Who would have believed mid-century Homo Americanus Modernus could swallow so many sugary rum drinks, pineapple chunks, and sticky sauces? Another notable … Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under food, history, Polynesian restaurants


Here is an assortment of recipes for popular foods from famous restaurants of the past. Please note that I have not tested them. Temperatures are Fahrenheit. At times the recipes can be maddeningly vague, incomplete, or just plain strange. Please … Continue reading


Filed under

Taste of a decade: 1960s restaurants

Americans grew wealthier, traveled more, and demanded more exotic cuisine. Yet there were few trained restaurant cooks. Convenience food – in the guise of continental dishes (as in pineapple = Hawaiian) – offered the solution for many restaurants as the … Continue reading


Filed under miscellaneous