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Oh No! Pono!

I have a hard time believing that this place "Pono Burgers" in Santa Monica completely flew under the Chowhound radar. Anyone with G-2 on this? (and no, they didn't forget the R in the name...you smart alecks you!)


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    1. Never heard of them. How long have they been there?

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        1. re: Servorg

          Okay, so it's two days old? And you haven't been by it yet??

          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

            Just heard about it today from a friend who lives nearby in SM...

          2. re: Servorg

            I heard of them through tasting table a couple days ago.

            Burgers by a Hawaiian chef if I remember correctly.

        2. Still trying to get to Burger Lounge and Stout Burger. Can't keep up with all the burger joints in Santa Monica. it's now on my list, though. Thanks, as always, Servorg.

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          1. re: Ogawak

            FYI - stout burgers has not opened up yet, it is still in a rough construction phase, at least by the look of it earlier this week....

          2. I tried it on Thursday. I work right next door, so I had been anxiously awaiting its opening. It opened last Wednesday. They're still not set up for take-out yet, but the sit-down space is nice with plenty of outside seating as well as inside the airplane hanger thing. (pics on the blog)

            I had the regular Pono burger with raclette cheese and avocado. Overall, it was a very solid burger. I ordered it cooked so it was still pink inside. I like that it tasted like a no-frills, good burger with good ingredients. If you're used to the mouth-explosion that's Umami, this place is probably not for you. This burger is more like a fancier In N Out with a really nice brioche bun.

            The sweet potato fries were okay, but I would have liked them a little more crispy.

            Another standout is their caramel milkshake (comes with bacon bits but you can also ask for without.) I'm not a big milkshake person, but this one really hit the spot. Very thick and rich and not overly sweet.

            The only thing that annoyed me was when the eager workers there asked if I had been there before. I said no and they wanted to "explain" their concept to me. It's a burger place. I think I get it.


            1. Was going to try it today at lunch but went somewhere else instead. Will probably check it out this weekend.

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              1. re: PeterCC

                Where did you end up ?

                Kiriko ?


                1. re: kevin

                  Lol yes. I was trying to get into Tsujita Annex but couldn't (no parking nearby and large crowd).

              2. It didn't fly under anybody's radar. Everyone reads Grub Street, Eater LA, SI, LAMag Digest, Time Out LA, LAist Food, Zagat LA, ad infinium. To assume otherwise is...

                Which, btw, is also why listicles do not need to be regurgitated onto Chow/boards/2, ever.

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                1. re: TonyC

                  "To assume otherwise is..." Logical?

                  I hardly ever read any of these unless I'm looking for a place that I heard about, normally here. I do read the LA Times, so I'll see something there about new places, but that's it in terms of information via the "press".

                  I guess I'm assuming that others here are just as uninformed by all the places you've listed as I am?

                  1. re: Servorg

                    I'm the same. I usually catch the LA Times, but Grub Street and Eater LA are maybe once a month for me. Those others listed? I guess I'm really out in the blue...

                    1. re: bulavinaka

                      I only found the Eater LA information after Dirtyw asked what I knew about this place. At that point I looked and found the link I provided. I normally rely on others here to bring these places to my attention.

                      1. re: Servorg

                        I always appreciate your input - as early as it may be... :)

                        1. re: bulavinaka

                          We are a "team" effort here, even if some of the team are starters and some hope to "come off the bench" and contribute when and where they can...

                          As to the assertion "Which, btw, is also why listicles do not need to be regurgitated onto Chow/boards/2, ever." I have to really disagree with that. I appreciate any hound here bringing new (in my neighborhood especially) places to my attention. So, like good mamma birds, please "regurgitate" into my hungry not so little beak...anytime you want.

                          1. re: Servorg

                            I agree with this sentiment too.

                        2. re: Servorg

                          I found out about this place a few days ago perusing the http://midtownlunch.com/los-angeles/ archives after reading their post on the Tsujita Annex.

                          1. re: PeterCC

                            The annex took over the short lived menji miyata joint, right ?