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Good Burger in South Bay

Neta Jan 26, 2007 09:30 AM

Today, on the advice of some family members, we went to a place called The Kona Crisp in Rolling Hills. It's a Hawaiian themed restaurant. Again, being advised, we ordered the "Best Burger on the Beach" with the crisp sweet buttermilk onion strings topping and a side of their "Sweet Potato Kettle Fries." Both were delicious. The fries were hot and crisp with a dusting of cinnamon/sugar. I know, I know, this sounds strange but they were truly delicious. The burger was presented on what appeared to be a thick homemade bun that didn't fall apart like most do. The meat patty was thick and juicy. They offered a condiment table that included a spicy tomato ketchup, a ranch dressing and a jalapeno ranch dressing for the regular fries which were also very good. I will definitely make the trek from Monterey Park back to the South Bay very soon to try their specialty, the pulled pork sandwich. It will be worth it I'm sure.

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  1. DiveFan RE: Neta Jan 26, 2007 01:52 PM

    Per Google search, this place does Not want to be found:
    The Kona Crisp
    40 Peninsula Center
    Rolling Hills Estates CA 90274

    Just how much was the burger?

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    1. re: DiveFan
      Joe Blowe RE: DiveFan Jan 26, 2007 06:12 PM

      "Per Google search, this place does Not want to be found..."

      A much better search engine for L.A. County restaurants can be found at:


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      Neta RE: Neta Jan 26, 2007 03:09 PM

      The burger, which is huge, is $4.99 and a large order of fries $3.49. The Kettle Sweet Potato fries were $3.99 for a large order. The large is enough for 2 - 4 people, depending how hungry you are.

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        torty RE: Neta Jan 26, 2007 05:33 PM

        Have not noticed the sign for this place. Sounds good- I may send the kids across the way to check it out tomorrow in an effort to wean them from their Burger King obscession. Will report back.

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          nrique RE: Neta Jan 27, 2007 03:09 PM

          Sounds interesting, but I was wondering if ANYONE has tried Cisco Burgers in North Long Beach on Anahiem St. It's Jesse James' place and I was wondering if it's any good.

          620 W. Anaheim St.
          Long Beach, CA 90813
          (562) 590-5470

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            jonlogan RE: Neta Apr 27, 2007 05:01 PM

            I just discovered The Kona Crisp...great place! For the price, excellent food! I thoroughly enjoyed the burger (swapped the beef for a chicken breast) topped with pineapple salsa and a side of sweet potato kettle fries. Cool old school Hawaiian decor too. Nice local gem.

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              baloney RE: Neta Apr 28, 2007 03:26 PM

              I've been to Kona Crisp twice and both times were meh. They also got something in the order wrong both times. The chili fries were kind of gross actually and the fries were completely overcooked to a dry crisp; a pretty impressive feat for a not so skinny fry. I admit they at least don't overcook the burger meat, but I did not find the taste particularly impressive. I keep considering giving it another try, as there aren't any good burgers around here(except at home!) but I always pooh-pooh the idea when it comes decision time.

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