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May 3, 2013 12:55 PM

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 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).