Eating Kalihi, part 2 (25 of 25)
In Violet's Grill I found a forgotten gem. For me, a recent discoverer of shoyu pork, this one is the best version I've had, period, for the intense, balanced flavor and soft meltiness throughout. And I hear there's a fried version that regulars like to order with their beer, fried shoyu pork, which is crispy on the outside, so ask for that if you go.
But mostly why I like Violet's is it makes me feel cocooned in small-kid time security. Here, I'm constantly remembering a time when my feet didn't reach the floor and my parents ordered for me. Now I'm older than the waitresses, but the senior ladies who come in for lunch after their hair appointments are my mom's generation, and that makes me feel even more cocooned.
Shoot, it's even Matlock reruns playing on the TV. Walking into Violet's is like walking back in time 30 years. Which is exactly why I like it.
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