Archive for April, 2015


1150 W. Magic Way, Anaheim, Ca. 92802,

(714) 778-6600

Open 11:30 AM – 1:30 AM

Trader Sam’s is located just off the Downtown Disney by the Disneyland Hotel.



You don’t need to visit the park to get here. Just follow the directions above if you aren’t already at the park. There’s a parking lot located just behind the eateries in Downtown Disney. Parking is free for the first 3 hours so that will give you time…unless you start having too much fun and loose track of time.


Just follow the signs and look for the tropical landscaping.

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Decorated with props familiar in the park, Sam’s was inspired by the Jungle Cruise. Disney finally figured out that adults with kids need a vacation too! I had read that parents with kids would have to take turns watching the kids as minors weren’t allowed inside. I saw families seated at tables while I was there. I’ve also heard that the place fills up fast and that waiting times go up to 3 hours so plan accordingly. This Trader Sam’s was a beta for the Trader Sam’s that just opened at Walt Disney World in Florida.


I got there at noon in order to avoid the waiting.


Sam’s is decorated in the 30’s style. It’s not hard to see why the place fills up fast. Maximum occupancy is 49. Disney wanted to create an intimate setting.



With decorations all over the place it’s not hard to see why waiting times can get long…people are taking the place in while they unwind.



The lunch menu was short and seemed kinda of pricey. The drink menu was small with most drinks running around $10 to $14. I ordered the Krakatoa Punch with the Aztec souvenir mug. Shooting for the volcanic look, it was served with a light ice cube. The Krakatoa didn’t taste like punch but packed one.  After about 20 mins you’ll start getting back to your most wonderful place in the world.


I also ordered the Ahi Poke which is sushi grade Ahi, avocado, wasabi yuzu, sriracha aioli and wonton chips. The poke was smaller than I expected but was good. The Ahi was fresh and there was a hint of the sriracha with each bite.


Some of the libations with a variety of tiki mugs to choose from if you desired a collectible mug.


Retired tiki mugs from Disney along with a few others from other establishments.


There aren’t any windows in Sam’s but there are mirages (with water motion) to help you get to your own island state of mind….with the help of a few libations. Bowl drinks serve 2-3 people.


I didn’t know if the punch was making me hallucinate but I could swear that the eyes on the figurines on the beer taps started glowing. Also, if you choose to sit at the bar, don’t panic if you think your shrinking. The stools are hydraulic and lower at random.


Weren’t the natives on some of the lost islands in the 1930’s into the shrunken head thing? I think this rum is starting to soothe me a little too much. I’m out!


Frankies Tiki Room, 1712 W. Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, Nv.,89102,  (702) 385-3110

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Open 24 hours…every day.

Frankie’s is a  must stop for anyone visiting Vegas that is into the retro lifestyle, tiki, collecting tiki mugs or just need a good ol buzz.


No windows guarantee what happens at Frankie’s stays Frankie’s.

IMG_5441 Lono, god of peace and prosperity greets patrons as they enter the establishment.


The interior of Frankie’s was built by Bamboo Ben. You are greeted at the entrance by a huge tiki carved by Crazy Al. There’s a replica tiki mug of the tiki…if you can get your hands on one.

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They have more rum than you can shake a stick at. Be careful of the menu though. All the concoctions are so potent that they’ll have you feeling it after just one drink. A second or third drink will have you asking someone else to feel it.

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You’ll find works of art by Doug Horne, Bosko, Big Toe and more throughout.

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Many  top low brow and tiki artist helped in creating the unique vibe found in Frankie’s. The tiki above is by Bosko.

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Once your eyes get acclimated to the darkness you’ll see that you’ve visited a rare find.

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A Doug Horne print made especially for Frankie’s. Music in the jukebox ranges from exotica, to R&B, to surf to grind and garage.

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The “Vice Tester” was designed and built by Shag. The image on the right is by Big Toe.

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Check out to find out how Frankie’s has ties to Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. There’s always a nice selection of tiki mugs to choose from.


Frankie’s doesn’t serve food so if you get the munchies you can order grub from the fast food joint across the street.

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Sweets is a family owned business.

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Words of appreciation from the younger generation. An image of the person who started it all…Aunt Sweet.


View of the front of the store.

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Interior decorations veer from fast food dining and have a more relaxed feel. Looks like they have music set up for some nights.

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A selection of fresh lei’s are available for special occasions along with the menu.

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Simple layout with members of Aunt Sweet’s family working the kitchen and counter.

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Menu with down to earth prices.

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Teriyaki chicken, Kahlua pig, mac salad and coleslaw. Fijian Curry, mac salad and white rice.


Ribs with teriyaki noodles, pork and mac salad.

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More interior shots.

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