Don’t hesitate to catch this flavorful waveA La Carte Columns
April 23, 2017
Story By: Elima Pangorang | Photos by: ELIMA PANGORANG
Drop into Kono’s and take taste buds on the wave of their life with its quirky menu. The eatery, known for its logo depicting the silhouette of a pig on a surfboard, continues to trot higher in popularity as its diners “pig-out” on award-winning, 12-hour slow roasted kalua pork, and so much more.
The menu’s breakfast bombers — burritos — were coined after beaches across Oahu’s North Shore. “Grind” into the favorite Chun’s bomber ($8.35) — offering pulled pork and bacon that cuddle with eggs, potatoes and cheese in a tortilla blanket.
Diners also can win with the “Triple Crown of sandwiches,” a kalua-pig sandwich that shreds with ham, bacon, guava barbecue sauce, cheese, slaw and papaya-seed dressing in the ultimate party-wave ride.
With such variety, it’s no surprise Kono’s Triple Crown sandwich ($14.99) currently holds first place in its “10 Best” nomination by USA Today for the Best Kalua Pig Sandwich in Hawaii. (Director of sales and marketing Anna Piergallini says voting ends at the beginning of May and diners may visit Kono’s social media for the link to vote.)
Then, get “barreled” by sweet shakes ($6.75 each) sure to score a perfect 10. Choose from 20 different flavors such as the fruity Lava Flow or the indulgent Chocolate Cheesecake.
There are more “back sets” on the horizon for Kono’s continuing swell. Owner Stan Glander plans to open another Oahu location, and possibly even a branch in Las Vegas.
With three shops around Oahu — Haleiwa, Kailua and Kapahulu — diners now have more opportunities to try the taste bud-exciting menu. Glander takes pride in his friendly staff, too, who add to Kono’s laid-back environment. “Obviously we are proud of our food here,” says Glander. “But probably equally recognized is our customer service.”
Just look for the surfing pig and dine in or takeout at Kono’s.
945 Kapahulu Ave., Honolulu
Daily, 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
67-250 Kamehameha Hwy., Haleiwa
Daily, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
131 Hekili St., No. 102, Kailua
Daily, 7 a.m.–8 p.m.