When I heard about the Kon Tiki in Tucson, AZ, it immediately went on my list of things I must do on this trip. Fortunately, my friends here are willing to indulge my taste for kitsch.
The awesome starts outside the front door. There is even a sign that says "Welcome to paradise."
The Kon Tiki was built in 1963 to look like a Polynesian temple and has never been updated. The kitsch factor is high. IN AN AWESOME WAY.
The menu had things like Monkeys on a Stick which were actually beef kabobs, and there was an impressive selection of "Polynesian" cocktails designed to get you pie-eyed in one sip. I opted for a virgin pina colada; BFF in the background there had a frozen mudslide. She grew up during the depression and is therefore made of tougher stuff than I am.