How's this for food in unexpected places—a WWII bunker. Westsiders can sit inside a free-standing, covered shelter—redone to a minimalist-meets-Etsy decor—for Hawaiian-style burgers made with "pono" (i.e. grass-fed, local, organic). These morally-superior beauties take on flavors of the Pacific islands with wasabi mayo, pickled ginger and spicy guava sauce. Build a burger that starts with grass-fed, wood-grilled beef patty, and add on farmers market toppings atop a brioche bun. House burgers range from the spicy—Kuawa Crunch ($12) is stuffed with housemade organic potato chips, cheddar, cole slaw and a guava rum sauce—to the Posh ($11), made with organic arugula and sautéed mushrooms, truffle aioli and blue cheese. Kids and vegetarians can also get their fill, while groups can take court on the outdoor patio. Service can be sloppy and a bit abrasive, but chef Makani cooks with heart. Don't forget an order of sweet or Russet fries, sprinkled with fresh herbs and served with aioli. And to drink, there's craft beer on tap and by the bottle (pitchers if you're really thirsty), along with wine by the glass and bottle. Alcohol virgins can order a virtuous housemade milkshake. So, what does a righteous milkshake look like? Organic, Strauss Creamery soft serve meets salted caramel and Niman Ranch bacon—dieters, retreat.
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A new fun place in Santa Monica that's not in the ever crowded area of 3rd Street Promenade, I didn't know Broadway had some such great eats!
This place came as a recommendation from my friend who's been here before since I was craving a burger like no other.
As for the food, it has a great selection of burger, sides, and appetizers - but it's way too pricey for what it is! All the burgers are in the $15 range and at that price point, I'm expecting a WOW burger but it was just okay. They apparently have a rotating selection of burgers so that's kind of cool they do that. The combination of ingredients in the burger is pretty unique as I had one with onion rings!