Keepin’ It Real With Burgers

A La Carte Columns

December 18, 2016

Story By: Caitlin Basilio | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo

MC HAMMER ($13.75) with Provolone ($1.50) and Caramelized Onion ($1) add ons

MC HAMMER ($13.75) with Provolone ($1.50) and Caramelized Onion ($1) add ons

Similar to hip-hop, a mouthwatering burger is just one of those things that never goes out of style. That vibe is perfectly captured at Franky Fresh, Kaimuki’s newest spot for burgers and milkshakes. After growing up with a family very much involved in the food industry, founder and owner Darien Provenza decided to take his experience and bust a move with his own business venture.

Named after his father, Francois, Franky Fresh is filled with boom boxes mounted on the wall, hiphop posters and street art. The menus even keep it real, as they are presented on re-purposed vinyl records.

At Franky Fresh, each burger is made with fresh Paniolo beef from the Big Island, and the menu also offers sandwiches, appetizers and delicious milkshakes. Provenza insists that guests should try everything at least once.


Although well known for its burgers, Franky Fresh likes to keep its guests on their toes by keeping its menu fresh. Owner Darien Provenza highly recommends the MC HAMMER ($13.75) sandwich, as it is currently making waves on the dining scene. It’s a roast beef sandwich — made with only the highest quality meat — served with au jus and wasabi aioli, and a choice of fries or salad. Add caramelized onions (additional $1) and Provolone (additional $1.50).

Franky Fresh

3040 Waialae Ave., Kaimuki
Daily, noon-9:30 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96816

Hawaii's Best
Hawaii's Best