Re:Old school polynesian restaurants?
Trader Vic's! Here in DullAss it seems like the restaurant has been here forever ~~ at least, in my life. In fact, I had always thought it was a local joint, but when I read your post I searched it out on Google and it IS a chain ~~ with 30 locations! It was originally established in the 30's and claims to be the original place for the Mai Tai. Perusing the current menu it has certainly added more *current* selections (calamari, flat iron steak, sea bass, tofu (not that it is a current creation, but I can't believe it would have been on a menu in the 60's!) ), but still has crab rangoon, crispy duck, BBQ pork spare ribs, Cho-cho, pu-pu platters, etc. And of course they have the exotic drinks: Mai Tais, Slings, Scorpions, Zombies and many others. They have several locations in California & are also in Arizona, Texas, Chicago, & Atlanta. They have international locations in London, Germany & Thailand as well as other places.
While I haven't been there in years, I am sure that it still has the fantasy decor you describe (as it is so indicated on the website). And I must confess I am perplexed as to your interest. As I recall the food was mediocre but really who cared after a few Mai Tai's? ;) It was more about the total surreal experience of a place that never was. Candyland for adults. Yes, I'll have another Zombie! But at least now you know there are aLOT of other cities/states/countries that have that Gilligan's Island you're looking for!
~~ CiaoMeow ~~