Oh No! Pono!
- Servorg May 3, 2013 12:55 PM
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!)
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.