With a little research, this, you can figure out for yourself: “pono” is Hawaiian for doing things the right way. But in the case of Pono Burger, what does it mean? Well, it means a multitude of things – all done the right way.
Let’s start with, arguably, the most important thing: the flavor. Admittedly, I am not an eater of four-legged creatures, NONETHELESS, there is plenty for me here. My meal looks like this: an order of each sort of the Hand Cut Organic Pommes Frites, served with aioli dipping sauce. I then have either the Farmer’s Market Salad (a lovely, perfectly balanced mix of greens, nuts and sometimes fruit, in a lip-smacking dressing) or the heavenly, balsamic infused Portobello mushroom Meatless Burger. Judging from the groans I have heard, over the Sassy Wahine or the Piku “Fig” Burger, and the fact that this IS a burger place, the burgers reach yet another level of inventive delectability. My meal will be accompanied by a perfect, reasonably-priced glass of wine, chosen from the small, but outstanding selection available. Crafted beer is also an option, naturally. Generally speaking, the whole table finishes off the meal with one of the nearly erotic, House-Made Milkshakes.
Almost everything is locally sourced, organic, and of the highest quality in terms of sustainability and humane practices. Sooooooo right!
Bundle it all into a super cool, cozy, welcoming space, with lunch-time specials, and it is so right, no one can resist. It is comprehensively, authentically pono.