Dirty Lickins’ Buffalo Wings Are Fly

Posted in Food & Dining on December 11th, 2008

Comfort food comes in many flavors: tomato soup and grilled cheese. Chocolate cake. Spam musubi. Poke. But for me, the ultimate comfort food is buffalo wings.

My wings have gotta be spicy and they’ve gotta be crispy. Since moving to Oahu I’ve been disappointed in the wings I’ve tried: either too soggy or downright gross.

Then, I met Dirty Lickins’ in Aiea.

Now, we’re in a relationship. A sweet, sweet love affair of red sauce and garlic and mac salad and crispy chicken. And I’ve never been happier, thanks for asking.

The five different hot sauces, from mild to “fire in the hole!” are surprisingly accurate. I usually order hot, and get stiffed with a medium flavor. But no, when the dudes at Dirty Lickins’ say “hot” they mean hot. I got that lovely, pleasant lip tingle—but only after I was nearly done. Next time, I’m trying Volcanic. With the large Coke this time.

Try the 4- or 8-wing plate lunch. Forget buffalo wings’ usual nutritious companions, celery and carrots. Dirty Lickins’ offers up rice and mac salad, so you don’t forget where you are. And at five bucks, I was full without an empty wallet.

My final surprise was the bleu cheese. I’m a wing purist. I never use bleu cheese on my precious wings. Why would I want to let something get in the way of the spice? But the owner insisted I try their signature bleu cheese. “Some people come here just for this,” he said, thrusting a tiny cup of the stuff onto my plate.

The garlic taste hit me square between the eyes. If you’ve never had tangy garlic in a smooth bleu cheese sauce, you’re missing one of the few gustatory joys in life. It is genius.

This hole-in-the wall joint is wing heaven. I dare you to disagree…

Dirty Lickins’ Aiea Shopping Center, 3rd Floor #303 / PH: 808.486.8500
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays


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Dirty Lickins’ Buffalo Wings Are Fly

Posted in Food & Dining on December 11th, 2008

Comfort food comes in many flavors: tomato soup and grilled cheese. Chocolate cake. Spam musubi. Poke. But for me, the ultimate comfort food is buffalo wings.

My wings have gotta be spicy and they’ve gotta be crispy. Since moving to Oahu I’ve been disappointed in the wings I’ve tried: either too soggy or downright gross.

Then, I met Dirty Lickins’ in Aiea.

Now, we’re in a relationship. A sweet, sweet love affair of red sauce and garlic and mac salad and crispy chicken. And I’ve never been happier, thanks for asking.

The five different hot sauces, from mild to “fire in the hole!” are surprisingly accurate. I usually order hot, and get stiffed with a medium flavor. But no, when the dudes at Dirty Lickins’ say “hot” they mean hot. I got that lovely, pleasant lip tingle—but only after I was nearly done. Next time, I’m trying Volcanic. With the large Coke this time.

Try the 4- or 8-wing plate lunch. Forget buffalo wings’ usual nutritious companions, celery and carrots. Dirty Lickins’ offers up rice and mac salad, so you don’t forget where you are. And at five bucks, I was full without an empty wallet.

My final surprise was the bleu cheese. I’m a wing purist. I never use bleu cheese on my precious wings. Why would I want to let something get in the way of the spice? But the owner insisted I try their signature bleu cheese. “Some people come here just for this,” he said, thrusting a tiny cup of the stuff onto my plate.

The garlic taste hit me square between the eyes. If you’ve never had tangy garlic in a smooth bleu cheese sauce, you’re missing one of the few gustatory joys in life. It is genius.

This hole-in-the wall joint is wing heaven. I dare you to disagree…

Dirty Lickins’ Aiea Shopping Center, 3rd Floor #303 / PH: 808.486.8500
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays


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Oahu’s Best Java: Coffee Talk In Kaimuki

Posted in Food & Dining on December 9th, 2008

Every coffee shop should smell and look like Coffee Talk. When you walk in the door of this roomy Kaimuki joint, it smells like coffee, sure, but with an undercurrent of toasting bread and baking sweets. A real coffee hangout needs to hit all the gluttonous vices and I’m always disappointed when a coffee spot only serves beverages and a tiny little case of sweets.

First–the coffee was great. No, more than great, it was fan-friggin-tastic. In the winter I like my flavored drinks, and the pumpkin pie latte was perfect. Spicy, but not cloyingly sweet. My friend got a toasted marshmallow hot cocoa that was so authentic that if they used a syrup you can slap my face and call me Bessie.

The regular brew was good too, not over-roasted and perfectly smooth. On a subsequent trip, I went completely off-course and tried a lychee iced tea, and although the green tea base was a little strong, once the ice melted it was just divine.

And the baked goods? I had to make several trips back to confirm that they’re excellent. A pumpkin bread pudding was perfectly moist and was topped with a lovely surprise—peanut butter chips. Tried the fat-free oatcake and it tasted delicious and not at all like the cardboard-y fat free stuff I’m accustomed to.

I think I spent all my commission for this story on trips to this place, if that tells you anything. Next time I’m going for lunch to check out the sandwiches and soups and other little culinary delights. I just couldn’t afford a third trip this week…

Coffee Talk is at 3601 Wai’alae Ave, Kaimuki – (808) 737-7444


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Oahu’s Best Java: Coffee Talk In Kaimuki

Posted in Food & Dining on December 9th, 2008

Every coffee shop should smell and look like Coffee Talk. When you walk in the door of this roomy Kaimuki joint, it smells like coffee, sure, but with an undercurrent of toasting bread and baking sweets. A real coffee hangout needs to hit all the gluttonous vices and I’m always disappointed when a coffee spot only serves beverages and a tiny little case of sweets.

First–the coffee was great. No, more than great, it was fan-friggin-tastic. In the winter I like my flavored drinks, and the pumpkin pie latte was perfect. Spicy, but not cloyingly sweet. My friend got a toasted marshmallow hot cocoa that was so authentic that if they used a syrup you can slap my face and call me Bessie.

The regular brew was good too, not over-roasted and perfectly smooth. On a subsequent trip, I went completely off-course and tried a lychee iced tea, and although the green tea base was a little strong, once the ice melted it was just divine.

And the baked goods? I had to make several trips back to confirm that they’re excellent. A pumpkin bread pudding was perfectly moist and was topped with a lovely surprise—peanut butter chips. Tried the fat-free oatcake and it tasted delicious and not at all like the cardboard-y fat free stuff I’m accustomed to.

I think I spent all my commission for this story on trips to this place, if that tells you anything. Next time I’m going for lunch to check out the sandwiches and soups and other little culinary delights. I just couldn’t afford a third trip this week…

Coffee Talk is at 3601 Wai’alae Ave, Kaimuki – (808) 737-7444


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Oahu’s Best Java: Coffee Talk In Kaimuki

Posted in Food & Dining on December 9th, 2008

Every coffee shop should smell and look like Coffee Talk. When you walk in the door of this roomy Kaimuki joint, it smells like coffee, sure, but with an undercurrent of toasting bread and baking sweets. A real coffee hangout needs to hit all the gluttonous vices and I’m always disappointed when a coffee spot only serves beverages and a tiny little case of sweets.

First–the coffee was great. No, more than great, it was fan-friggin-tastic. In the winter I like my flavored drinks, and the pumpkin pie latte was perfect. Spicy, but not cloyingly sweet. My friend got a toasted marshmallow hot cocoa that was so authentic that if they used a syrup you can slap my face and call me Bessie.

The regular brew was good too, not over-roasted and perfectly smooth. On a subsequent trip, I went completely off-course and tried a lychee iced tea, and although the green tea base was a little strong, once the ice melted it was just divine.

And the baked goods? I had to make several trips back to confirm that they’re excellent. A pumpkin bread pudding was perfectly moist and was topped with a lovely surprise—peanut butter chips. Tried the fat-free oatcake and it tasted delicious and not at all like the cardboard-y fat free stuff I’m accustomed to.

I think I spent all my commission for this story on trips to this place, if that tells you anything. Next time I’m going for lunch to check out the sandwiches and soups and other little culinary delights. I just couldn’t afford a third trip this week…

Coffee Talk is at 3601 Wai’alae Ave, Kaimuki – (808) 737-7444


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