Los Angeles’ oldest surviving tiki establishment, the Tonga Hut in North Hollywood, was established in 1958. I haven’t been there. I’m not sure if that makes me a bad tikiphile, a bad Valley girl, or both.
The Tonga Hut does, however, have a sister location in Palm Springs. And if I lived closer, I’d be drinking mocktails there every week.
Put simply, I love this place. The staff are clearly passionate about tiki, it’s family-friendly (since THPS has a dining room with no age requirement), glass cases in the dining room display artifacts from Palm Springs’ shuttered tiki establishments of yesteryear, and if you want a booze-free drink for any reason, they’ll make something for you. This isn’t a “true vintage” tiki hideaway (it opened in 2014), but it looks and feels like one.
The music is good – exotica, surf, and early rock and roll. (After 10pm, beware of disco.)
I wish I could live here. You probably will, too.
I will be back – as often as possible.