Zippy’s: Zip Pacs and Napples
1222 S King St, Honolulu, HI
Zippy’s is a local chain in Hawaii and is touted to serve the best plate lunch around. They certainly have a wide selection of plate lunch options. Zippy’s is also the only restaurant on the islands that serves pastries from another local chain, the bakery, Napoleon. Napoleon Bakery makes these famous flaky turnovers called napples. They’re to die for.
We chose the coconut napple. The sweet and creamy coconut cream filling in the middle of the napple was exactly what I had been craving. It was like biting into one of my favourite sweet coconut buns from the Chinese bakeries back home. The buttery and flaky crust was delicate and sweet as well.
We ordered Zippy’s plate lunch, called the Zip pac with two scoops of rice, macaroni salad with spam and fried chicken. This was the best macaroni salad I’ve had in Hawaii, it wasn’t too sweet, the macaroni noodles were al dente and not soggy, and the salad was not overly drenched with dressing like the other macaroni salads I’ve eaten in Hawaii.
I ordered this Zip pac for the spam but was surprised to find that the fried chicken was some of the crispiest fried chicken I’ve ever tasted, the skin was crispy but not greasy and the chicken meat was juicy and moist.
We also ordered the chili burrito which was mildly spicy and the perfect comfort food.
There’s almost as many Zippy’s around the island as there are ABC Stores. It’s rumoured that even Barack Obama enjoys the plate lunch at Zippy’s. Zippy’s also sells their entrees as frozen lunches that you can buy at 7 eleven and other convenience stores.
The service at Zippy’s was fast and friendly and I would totally visit again.