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August 05, 2004



bento-licious! richie's is one of the few drive-inns i haven't tried. i'll have to go!

so, why don't all the drive-inns have drive-ins?


looking at your pictures bring
back memories of Hawaii .

I remember they also served chicken like that in school when I was there.


Hi Santos,

You have to go to Richie's! The food here is so cheap...and to think, they just raised their prices! The plate lunches used to be $3.85! Don't know why the drive-inns don't have! I think it's because most of the ones that are still around, KC, Rainbows, etc. used to have car hop service way back when.

Hi expat-Canada,

Welcome! What school did you go to? I don't remember this type of chicken cutlet being served at my school...I'm jealous! The chicken here is quite good. Come to think of it, all the food here is quite good.


Hi Reid, that last bento is interesting. Spam and luncheon meat on the same plate, we never get that in Singapore. Come to think of it, Spam is not that popular, we like our Ma Ling luncheon meat more.


Hi Umami,

I thought it was strange too, especially since Spam® is a type of luncheon meat. I've never tried Ma Ling luncheon meat, but I heard it was quite nice. The only real competition for Spam® here is a Danish brand called Tulip.


I ordered the kalbi plate from Richie's yesterday (Nadine Kam called it "your best bet" in her largely unimpressed review of the joint), and I loved it. I'm not about to pass up Sorabol to get kalbi at Richie's, but as far as local-style kalbi plate lunches go, that one's a winner. One disappointment: I was expecting the Korean dishes to come with vegetables, but the only "Korean" touch was a single mandoo (also delicious!) along with the mac salad. Not a big deal, but it makes me wonder about the difference between the "BBQ beef" plate and the "Bukokee" plate.

Oh, and I saw a co-worker's mahi plate, and I just know that the mahi sandwich is something I would love. Can't wait to try Richie's again! (Nadine Kam must have been having a bad day when she visited.)


Hi Ryan,

Thanks for the information. One thing that I really like about Richie's is the value. They give a lot of decent tasting food, for a good price. You're right, the kalbi plate here doesn't come with veggies, but I don't think you'll find something for the same price at a Yummy's. In any case, you do need to have the mahi plate. It's really good!


Does Richie's sport a t-shirt?


Hi Norjan,

Thanks for dropping by. To be honest with you, I don't believe so. I've been there quite a number of times and have never seen a t-shirt offered. Hope this helps...

Arlen so surprised on what i've read! i cant believed that richie's drive inn is so popular that even in this site, richie's was advertised. actually im a worker at richie's and those pictures are really cute. actually we raised up our prices now but still its cheaper compared to other restaurants.
to those people who havent tried our food yet at richie's come and try it...we have special plate lunches too together with the hawaiian food(laulau). thankz and see yah guys there!!!

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