Something new: Itchy Butt

Share Button

exteriorWe were amused and intrigued by the name too. A photographer friend, @PHOTOlulu, told me about Itchy Butt Friday afternoon, and by Saturday afternoon, both Melissa Chang and I separately made our way to this quirky Korean Keeaumoku take-out place with a wacky name.

Tucked in a strip mall that fortunately has decent parking, Itchy Butt is a classic mom-and-pop, or in this case a hole-in-the-wall run by a mom, halmoni and brother. It’s meant to be strictly take out, although there are two fold-up picnic chairs in front and a portion of a countertop, with a pair of plastic stools.

garlicchickenChicken is the house specialty. They’ve got fried chicken, Korean seasoned chicken, garlic chicken, green onion chicken, shoyu fried chicken, spicy chicken, chicken wings and chicken sticks. All of these choices come as either a half order (about 10 pieces for $11) or whole (about 20 pieces for $22). You also get a cabbage salad, pickled daikon, a few potato wedges and dipping sauces (ranch, wasabi and rosemary).

photoOwner Amy Eun, with the help of her mom and brother, make everything to order. After deciding on a half garlic chicken, Eun fired up a wok with oil. About 10 minutes later, she delivered a sizzling plate of fried goodness that was tasty and well seasoned, although too much for me to eat solo and a blow to my goal of eating less fatty foods.

Itchy Butt also serves up a variety of rice bowls (bulgogi, pork, curry, tonkatsu), fried mandoo, smoothies and breakfast items (a toast sandwich with egg, French toast or a side order egg). Warning: There’s a menu inside and a different menu at the window. You have to look at both to see all the choices.

bulgogiAlong with the garlic chicken, we tried the tonkatsu curry bowl, which was decent, but nothing special. (Perhaps it’s best to stick with the Korean specialties.) We also had the bulgogi bowl, which amounted to a generous heaping of grilled meat with onions. It was much more authentic, in terms of its Korean flavors, than say, the barbeque meat from Yummy’s or Pearl’s.

About the name
Eun’s 10-year-old daughter is to be credited for what now seems a brilliant marketing move, to name a chicken place “Itchy Butt” with a sassy chicken logo giving a shaka while scratching his behind. Eun said her daughter thought it was cute. In all honesty, if this place was called “Amy’s Korean take-out” or something of that sort, I doubt we would have rushed over to try this place, which after only three weeks in business, definitely appears to have a future in Honolulu’s take-out dining scene.

Itchy Butt

Picture 12 of 12

A sign in the window, adding to the quirk factor.

Itchy Butt
1229 Keeaumoku St. (at Kinau)
808-942-4845
Hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily

13 comments
huhmanhuh
huhmanhuh

maybe" wonderful taste" translated from korean to english is itchy butt?

crysmy
crysmy

Nomz -- PS. I'm still at 100%!

Myong
Myong

Stopped by there about a week ago. Perused the menu outside. Drove away. Was not impressed.

lokki139
lokki139

what kind of restaurant review is this? I mean you went to a fried chicken joint and the only thing you can say about their main attraction is tasty and well seasoned? Gee, thank you.

ThisRobGreen
ThisRobGreen

What's in a name, right? I pass this place all the time but when I noticed the sign and name it actually made me look at the place instead of it blending into the normal spots that are over there. Been wanting to try it out. Glad you guys got to it and left positive and tasty insights. Will definitely going there soon!

PMZ808
PMZ808

You're right.  If not for the name I don't think I would think of stopping.

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@Myong I think there's a market for it, but I agree, the outside menu is not well done. They need marketing help, I'm sure, LOL! (Although I guess with a name like that,....)

edmorita
edmorita moderator

Well, what more do you need from a fried chicken joint?

Myong
Myong

@Chuggy_Bear Haha, if I knew how to do that kind of photo adding words stuff I would but maybe you can use this photo for the meme. 

GenePark
GenePark

@Melissa808 @Myong Yeah, the menu was a mess. Being a Korean, it shouldn't have taken me as long as it did to figure out what to order, but the menu was too scattered.