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12/7/11 1:46 PM
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fuggin best dang okinawan oxtail soup on the island.

GDI!

Victoria Inn to shut down after decades of service

By Erika Engle

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 07, 2011

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Victoria Inn will close for good at 2 p.m. Sunday, after more than 30 years of serving home-style Japanese, American and other local-style favorites in Kaimuki.

The restaurant is both beloved and dismissed for its old-style atmosphere and menu, according to several online sites that allow diners to post comments.

Its ownership is unclear, as management representatives did not return calls, but employees verified the restaurant's impending closing.

The most recent posts on the restaurant's Facebook page are 2 years old and tout its oxtail soup and Japanese breakfast.

Three previous owners are deceased. Ted Gonsuke Tamashiro, 90, died in 2001, and his wife Edith Kiyoko, 80, followed in 2004. Yoshikiyo Sadoyama died at 77 in January 2000.

The three and other partners also had interests in Mollie's Cafe, and the previous incarnation of Violet's Grill on Dillingham Boulevard, according to a 2004 issue of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association's Uchinanchu newsletter. Common ownership of Kamehameha Grill and Waikiki Diner also was mentioned in newspaper obituaries published in 2004.
12/7/11 1:48 PM
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12/7/11 3:20 PM
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I'm going to miss that place.
12/7/11 3:41 PM
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"The restaurant is both beloved and dismissed for its old-style atmosphere and menu, according to several online sites that allow diners to post comments."

So true. That place was like stepping into a time machine of my childhood.

Well I guess it's time to start perfecting the home recipe for oxtail
12/7/11 4:44 PM
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Oh man. Will miss that place. Comforting, nostalgic food with truly hospitable service. And all of its imperfections were a part of its charm.

I blame that craphole Zippys. They cheaply mass produced and mass marketed the concept of local food, forcing the authentic mom & pops out of business. Hawaii consumers also to blame for choosing corporate over small business.

Hawaii will be worse off and more like the mainland as a result of this.
12/7/11 5:53 PM
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sad day indeed. :(
12/7/11 6:18 PM
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The only advantage Zippy's has is that it's open at 3 in the morning when you're too drunk and starving to realize you're eating shit.
12/7/11 6:45 PM
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Moke - The only advantage Zippy's has is that it's open at 3 in the morning when you're too drunk and starving to realize you're eating shit.
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12/7/11 7:06 PM
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One of my all time fav places to eat as a kid. Im gonna have to stop by for one last meal.

RIP Victoria Inn...
12/7/11 10:42 PM
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12/8/11 12:58 AM
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Speaking of oxtail, I only just now noticed Asahi Grill next to Sorabol...it says formally Kam Drive-In Oxtail...
12/8/11 3:36 AM
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it's horrible there.
12/8/11 5:11 AM
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You tried? How long has it been there?
12/8/11 1:20 PM
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Mark doesn't like anything with his sophisticated palette. Phone Post
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i like a lot of things and give props where they're due.

i just don't cut slack for fucking boosheet culinary fucks who try to pass off sub par slop and charge an arm and a leg for it.

i want to stab them in the neck w/ a ginsu.
12/8/11 4:14 PM
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Moke - Speaking of oxtail, I only just now noticed Asahi Grill next to Sorabol...it says formally Kam Drive-In Oxtail...


It's gotten a bit more watered down over the years but I still hit it at least once when I'm home for the holidays. I still think it's pretty tasty.
12/8/11 5:33 PM
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Watered down? Blech. The whole point of soups like this (besides the awesomeness of oxtail) is the broth. Water it down and I'm history.
12/8/11 6:38 PM
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FCTV808 - i like a lot of things and give props where they're due.

i just don't cut slack for fucking boosheet culinary fucks who try to pass off sub par slop and charge an arm and a leg for it.

i want to stab them in the neck w/ a ginsu.

Amen to that. The slop we sell at my trattoria is reasonably priced.
12/9/11 6:37 PM
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interesting.

i wonder what condition the kitchen is in.

that is a pretty fucking good location.
12/9/11 6:44 PM
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Happy to have shared teh experience my fwhen
12/9/11 7:41 PM
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junon - interesting.

i wonder what condition the kitchen is in.

that is a pretty fucking good location.



buy, rehire the chef, and i will be your regular customer
12/9/11 9:10 PM
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you buy, renovate kitchen, rehire the chef, give me sous chef position, and now we're talking.
12/9/11 9:15 PM
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Don't think I wouldn't consider this
12/9/11 9:17 PM
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junon - you buy, renovate kitchen, rehire the chef, give me sous chef position, and now we're talking.



I'll sell guns out of the broom closet!
12/9/11 9:22 PM
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I'll audition the massage whores out of the liquor closet!

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