Ask folks what they miss most from KC Drive Inn on Kapahulu avenue who closed their doors in 2005, and chances are they’d say the Ono Ono Shake and the Waffle Dog. Well thanks to Dayton Asato, family heir to the legacy, you can still get the original Waffle Dog! Got a party, fundraiser or special event? Just give him a call or email and you can share this old time island favorite with your family and friends.
Last Sunday at Shirokiya while I went to visit my friend Layne, JNP and their Kikaida Tokusatsu group, who else was there? Dayton and his family serving Waffle Dogs… what a “double chop” combo!
I took a picture of him making it in their proprietary waffle dog iron, but he quickly mentioned that Shirokiya had scolded someone on Saturday for doing that, so I deleted that picture. I understand. Anyhow, I chatted with him about the business, and he mentioned visiting my blog, suggesting I should take it to another level, which is a nice compliment coming from him. Mahalo!
I could have cleaned up the edges of the Waffle Dog I have here, but I prefer showing it in its true form, as anyone in line would get them. And believe me, there was a line. In fact, they even had a sign that indicated a limit of 3 per person.
The iron makes 6 at a time. The process involves pouring the waffle batter down on the bottom mold, then they lay a hot dog in each one, then pour more waffle batter over the hot dog, then the waffle dog maker top is closed down and held in place until they’re cooked through, which took several minutes.
I forgot to ask what brand of hot dog they were using, but if you asked me based on taste, I would say they were either Farmer John or Oscar Meyer. They certainly didn’t taste like the cheaper Bar S brand. The batter was slightly sweet, giving the whole package that savory-sweet flavor. Perfect. Being a waffle by nature, it doesn’t have a crispy crust, but more of a soft browned exterior. I opted not to add ketchup or mustard so I could savor its core elements, although they were giving condiment packets out to those who asked.
It was packed in that foil wrapper shown, which you took to any cashier to pay for at $3.66 (with tax) each.
My overall impression is that they’re a different twist to the Andadog, once again having that savory-sweet thing going on, and very unique in the hot dog world. Supah ono!
One last note on KC Drive Inn. The property was sold to a local doctor, which is now home to a new medical center.
Dayton when he made a Shirokiya appearance several years ago…
For more information, visit their website at:
Here’s the Kikaida Brothers that were at Shirokiya that day…
Kikaida (left) and Kikaida 01 (right)
These amazing costumes were fabricated by my friend Layne Luna, a professional artist from Hilo. The only exception is the Kikaida helmet, shown above in this close-up, which was purchased directly from Toei Studios, a refurbished original that was actually used in the 70’s series. Wow!
To see more of Layne’s amazing art, including life-like fiberglass fish mounts, visit his blog here: