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Zippy's Chili Moco

Zippy’s has been aggresively advertising their new Chili Moco plate on TV, along with a Las Vegas Trip drawing (us Hawaii folks love LV!). So I finally got to try it. Well sort of. My friend ordered it for lunch last week and gave me a sample section (cut out like a slice of pie) to try. The concept seems like a no-brainer, but in reality, I don’t know any place on Oahu that’s offered this before. I certainly was curious how this would taste.

Here’s the actual take-out plate, revealed in layers…

The layers of the dish from bottom to top:
Plate (for take-out): 8″ diameter x 1-1/2″ depth black plastic (with clear plastic lid)
1st Layer: White Rice
2nd Layer: Mayo’-based “Secret Mac Salad Sauce”
3rd Layer: (1) Hamburger Patty
4th Layer: Zippy’s Chili (classic only)
5th Layer: (2) Eggs

Interestingly, you cannot substitute the type of Chili (bean, no bean, vegetarian), but you CAN order your eggs how you want it (sunny side, over easy, omelette or scrambled).

The most interesting component has to be the “Secret Mac Salad Sauce” (I made that name up), which is basically their Mac Salad without the Macaroni. It’s shown as a close-up in the bottom-right photo. That may sound gross, but you know what? It really adds dimension and punches out the flavor of the nicely-grilled burger patty right above it. A standard Loco Moco doesn’t employ this, so whoever thought of putting that in this dish is a plate lunch genius! lol

My friend opted for an omelette on top, but personally I’d have chosen two sunnyside-up eggs. Let that liquid, golden yolk drip all over. Yum.

I was thoroughly pleased with the combination of flavors. Enough that I just may order one the next time I head to Zippy’s. At $5.45, the portions and value is just right. That’s actually cheaper than most other plate lunches on Zippy’s regular menu.

Supposedly the Chili Moco is only available for a limited time, but I’m guessing this will eventually join the regular menu list.

Tasty Island Rating:

Supah’ Ono!

9 thoughts on “Zippy's Chili Moco

  • February 13, 2007 at 9:25 am

    Very interesting! Going to be one of the first things I try when I get home, maybe tomorrow. Sunnyside up eggs for me!

  • February 13, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    Yummy! I love the pictures on your website and love to read your descriptions.

    I miss Hawaii!! Born and Raised there, for 30 years (in Mililani) before I moved to the mainland.

    Keep up the great work on the website!!


  • February 15, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    Oh gods. Looks so good yet so bad for you all at once. Like that fried chicken bowl KFC was pushing a while back. I could never bring myself to try it, but I’ still want to.

  • February 20, 2007 at 6:42 am

    pomai …what a nice photo of Zippy’s chili !! looks so onolicious !!!

  • February 25, 2007 at 5:43 am

    Hey, whats in the “secret mac salad sauce”? Do you know? I would give anything for it, I’ve tried to copycat it over the years, but still not the same.

  • February 28, 2007 at 8:44 pm

    Gina, it’s difficult to tell when the “secret mac salad sauce” is combined with so many other strong flavors (burger, chili and eggs). All I know is that it really rounded out the dish.

    I’m guessing it’s (Best Foods) mayonnaise mixed with grated carrots, celery, milk (to make it more “creamy”) and/or vinegar to give it some “bite”, and/or just a little bit of mustard for additional flavor.


  • March 7, 2007 at 10:20 pm

    Oh how I miss Zippy’s! I wish they would open one up in the Bay Area.

  • August 26, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    The Chili Moco is really ono! The mayo makes it really rich and flavorful.

  • August 27, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    U’ilani, the “mac salad sauce” is what makes it!


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