The other week Hawaii said goodbye to another food landmark: Flamingo's Kapiolani. And while the other 1 in the chain is not slated for closure, I think we all know it's inevitable. AND once again, it probably did record business as it was flying off into the sunset. Just like Compadres. These soon-to-be former owners and ex employees have got to be thinking, " Sheesh, kinda late to be coming around now, eh, braddah?" Sad, but true. It's human nature to procrastinate that way.
Anyway, I'll do my own send-off here with a couple of memories. I remember having a late night meal with my good friend Debbie. I have no idea what I ate, because I was SO taken aback by what SHE ate: Bacon and LIVER and onions! Whoa! Lol. The truth is, my disgust was short-lived, because we all had a long and great conversation. One of many after that meal.
I think they had GREAT portuguese sausage. Not all portuguese sausage is created equal. I would go there sometimes for breakfast after my triathlete friend Joy would finish her races. We also had great conversations there, as well.
It's sad to see Flamingo's close. But, they had a great 49 years providing Hawaii's people with great comfort food and great service. That is getting harder and harder to find.
UPDATE: 11/11/08-Flamingo's PCity FOR SALE according to the 11/7/08 issue of the Pacific Business News. Bye Bye to my favorite sandwich: The Patty Melt. Flamingo's had the BEST Patty Melt.