Words by Bryant Dynasty of Aloha Redux (Issue 5)
Cover photo courtesy of Hawaii’s Best Kitchens
Chick and Meck, which shares a parking lot with the Ke’eaumoku Supermarket, is the newest addition on Ke’eaumoku Street. You can’t miss the restaurant with its window emblazoned with a cartoon rooster clutching a beer mug while flashing a thumbs-up with its anthropomorphized hand.
When you enter the restaurant you’ll be greeted by the likes of Selena Gomez and Sam Smith (not the real thing, but pretty close) as they grace the enourmous flat screen television that sits atop a chalkboard that lists all of the numerous beers available from the bar. The restaurant offers nine types of soju and more than 20 beer varieties.
The menu is simple — descriptions of their dishes in both English and Korean are printed on a minimalistic menu. Their specialities are chicken and jeong (jun) with dozens of options of both dishes. Jeong will be known to more local residents as meat jun (fried egg with meat inside). I feel like I missed out in hindsight by only ordering chicken.
I ordered a combination order of the Spicy Gochu-Jang Chicken and Original Fried Chicken along with an order of the House Special Fried Chicken. Both dishes came with ten pieces of small wingettes served with a simple salad of shredded lettuce and thousand island-style dressing. Orders of rice are complimentary — so make sure to ask for some.
The chicken was to die for, though the Spicy chicken really wasn’t spicy. The heat was light, but it was heavy on taste and easily became my favorite as it was smothered in a sweet and tangy sauce that covered the chickens’ light breading. The Original Fried Chicken, which came with ranch and honey mustard dipping sauces, was crispy and crunchy. The House Fried Chicken was a mochiko style with a more savory batter that made me craving more.
The overall meal and customer service were fantastic. The restaurant’s general ambiance was great, including the pop ballads that played on a constant loop. With their easy-to-spot location on Ke’eaumoku and their unique options on one of Honolulu’s busiest streets, you really shouldn’t wait to stop by.
Chick & Meck
835 Keeaumoku Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
Indoor and outdoor seating is available.
Park in front of the Ke’eaumoku Supermarket, or in metered stalls along Keeaumoku Street.
Monday – Thursday: 4 p.m. – midnight
Friday & Saturday: 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.