Named after one of Don The Beachcomber's creations, Test Pilot has finally answered the (mine) call for a Tiki Bar in Santa Barbara. I have been waiting for someone to fill the void and thankfully I was not disappointed. Taking the space of a former wine bar, it's only a few feet from State Street. It's even on the beach side of the train tracks...
5 4.6
Cleveland. These days I think it has an unfounded bad rap. Living in California my whole life I never had any positive connection about the city beyond the Drew Carey Show. Well after visting for a week on a gig, I found many things to like about the city. Most of all the Porco Lounge and Tiki Room. Brick House It's pretty much standard procedure...
5 4.7
Wow. No really. Wow! For most of spring and into summer last year I was anxiously awaiting any news of Martin Cate's new outpost. Cate is responsible for Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco. After visiting Smuggler's, I had high HIGH expectations for False Idol. As the first word of this post said, yeah. Reservations I can't speak to weeknights, but if you are going to visit...
5 5.0
Honi Honi. How do I love thee. (Sorry, Spoiler Alert) A tiki oasis amidst the bustle of Hong Kong. It was when I was just starting to gain my appreciation of the tiki drink that I came across this place. I was assigned to a project in Hong Kong a few years ago and thanks to the Interwebs - found out Honi Honi. If you...
5 4.8
Deeply nestled in the labyrinthine interiors of the New Otani Hotel and what I assume is an office building near the Nagatacho station in Tokyo is the tiki oasis of Trader Vic's. I only discovered this restaurant/bar a scant year ago when I was newly into my tiki adventure, maybe for the best, for had I happened upon this earlier I'm sure I would have...
4 4.3
This has to be just about my favorite tiki drink. There are a lot of flavors here that come together to make a really fantastic tasting beverage. Created by Don the Beachcomber after WWII, Three Dots and a Dash (in Morse Code this is a 'V' which would be in reference to 'Victory' in this case) is a wonderful blend of Martinique and the always flavorful...