Popular Hawaii eatery, Kono’s, to expand to Las Vegas
Kono’s Family of Restaurants is expanding to the ninth island, with two locations slated to open in Las Vegas before the end of the year.
The first, located in the Summerlin neighborhood, has a projected launch date of mid-July or early August, Stan Glander, president and CEO of Kono’s Family of Restaurants, told Pacific Business News. The second will be near the Las Vegas Strip, with a planned opening of September or October.
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The Surfing Pig brings unique, urban menu and signature cocktails to Kaimuki
Foodies, if you love the food at Kono’s, you’re sure to love The Surfing Pig in Kaimuki! The sister restaurant is bringing a unique and urban menu to the neighborhood. HI Now host Jobeth Devera dropped by to see what it has to offer.
The Surfing Pig Hawaii is the fourth restaurant location by Kono’s Restaurant Group. It offers an elevated menu of Kono’s award winning 12-hour slow roasted pork, various selections of meat, small plates, savory entrees and delectable desserts. Some of its most popular menu items? Put the baby back ribs and truffle fries on your list of must-haves! Also popular is the seared ahi and ribeye steak.
Kaimuki Eats: Surfing Pig Hawaii
If you are looking to have a delicious dinner with amazing hand-crafted cocktails in a cozy, surf inspired atmosphere, then the Surfing Pig Hawaii is for you. Located in Kaimuki, the Surfing Pig is the sister restaurant to Kono’s and serves Kono’s award winning 12-hour slow roasted pork on its menu.
Recently, Gem and I were invited to sample the menu and since it had been about a year since our last visit, we were very excited to return. We started with their most popular signature drink, the Smoking Pig. It’s their version of the classic old fashioned using bacon infused bourbon. The drink is smoked and served tableside. It’s quite the presentation so get your cameras ready or just sit back and enjoy the show. Normally, I don’t drink bourbon, but I am a now very much a fan of the smooth and easy to drink Smoking Pig.
For the eats, we got down to business and shared the back ribs (their most popular dish), smokey cheesy mac with porchetta, and the Surfing Pig burger served with truffle fries. The ribs were tender and full of flavor, the mac and cheese was incredibly creamy, the burger was tasty and juicy, and we probably could have finished off another order of the truffle fries. I’d say you can’t go wrong if that’s all you ate from their menu, but they’ve also got seafood, pizza, tacos, salads, and more!
The Surfing Pig does it all by offering brunch and happy hour during the week, dinner daily from 4pm, not to mention their vegan options and catering availability. Kaimuki is truly a gem with all the great neighborhood eats and the Surfing Pig shines in the heart of it. Be back soon and hope to see you there! – Check our their blog –
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Nestled in the heart of upper Kaimuki near the corner of Koko Head and Waialae Avenue, The Surfing Pig’s flavor is described as “Americana with a bold, local twist”… Read the rest of the article here
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Modern Luxury Hawaii — May/June 2019
The fourth restaurant from Kono’s Restaurant Group (locally famous for slow-roasted pork) is the most stylish yet. The menu is full of hearty yet refined tapas-styled nibbles, like porchetta salad, crab cakes and beef tataki; the atmosphere is hip and clubby; and the downstairs bar is an ideal spot for pau hana, while the upstairs dining room is quieter — perfect for the Date Night Prix Fixe menu…Read the rest of the article here
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Pig-out party planned for patrons
Everyone loves a celebration, so The Surfing Pig plans to commemorate its anniversary this week in grand style and share the happiness with customers. This popular, award-winning eatery in Kaimuki will mark its one-year anniversary on April 2. It will run a special prix fixe menu April 2-9, featuring the O.G. —”original gourmet” items that the restaurant launched with when it opened…Read the rest of the article here
Heating Things Up!
According to Adam Kekahuna, director of operations, The Surfing Pig offers a “diverse” menu that revolves around pork. And though many of its offerings have a southern influence, Kekahuna notes The Surfing Pig draws upon many cuisine styles. “We just serve really good food,” he says. Many of The Surfing Pig’s creations incorporate its sister restaurant Kono’s award winning 12-hour slow roasted pork. A scrumptious dish that highlights the roasted pork seamlessly is Jambalaya ($15.50), a rice dish that can warm any soul…Read the rest of the article here
Pig’s Time To Shine
It’s not just the Year of the Pig — It’s the Year of The Surfing Pig! The Surfing Pig has a trio of exciting things happening that will entice one’s taste buds in 2019. For starters, the establishment is now offering catering services. Customers can opt for a cater-in experience at the restaurant, which can accommodate up to 50 people. Guests can reserve the entire restaurant or choose one of two levels — the first floor bar area or the upper level…Read the rest of the article here
Come ‘pig out’ on plates with a fun twist
If you’re in the area around noon any day of the week, check out The Surfing Pig’s lunch menu. Old School Sandwich ($12.50) is made with Kono’s 12-Hour Slow-Roasted Award-Winning Kalua Pig, produced at The Surfing Pig’s sister restaurant. Tangy with guava barbecue sauce and served with papaya seed coleslaw, this local twist on the classic pulled pork sandwich is accompanied by crispy shoestring fries topped with herbs and sea salt. With truffle oil, Parmesan cheese, herbs, and chicharron dust for flavor and crunch, a $3 upgrade to truffle fries is hard to resist…. Read the rest of the article here
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Quickly gaining a loyal following within the local Kaimuki community, it’s become the “go-to place” where friendly bartenders serve up hand-crafted cocktails and co-workers spend their “pau hana” time chatting their troubles away. A lively and fun bar atmosphere with and additional upstairs loft area for diners, this place not only relieves stress, but does a mean beef tataki. Dig into their smokey cheesy mac, back ribs or truffle fries, the list goes on and it’s all delish. Their weekend brunch boasts bottomless mimosas, but do order the smoking pig. You’ll thank us later…Read the rest of the article here
Munch On Pork-tastic Brunch Creations
As the “Sexy Big Sister” of the popular Kono’s restaurant group, The Surfing Pig is forging a fresh and innovative style that is quickly becoming popular among local diners. The Surfing Pig opened in March of this year in the culinary hotbed of Kaimuki on Waialae Avenue between 12th and Koko Head avenues. While featuring similar tastes and flavors diners have come to count on at Kono’s, The Surfing Pig has expanded on the initial award-winning, 12-hour-slow-roasted kalua pig-driven concept by featuring small plates, entrees, desserts and hand-crafted cocktails made to order at the full bar… Read the rest of the article here
Feeling Like A Kid Again
You will feel like a kid in a candy store when visiting The Surfing Pig in Kaimuki, as the restaurant offers many intriguing, eye-popping options on its playful menu. With items like Smokey Cheesy Mac With Porchetta, Back Ribs and Smoking Pig, you’ll want to have one of everything. According to owner Stan Glander, The Surfing Pig provides diners with contemporary local cuisine with a twist and hopes to “help Kaimuki regain the title of dining mecca of Honolulu.”… Read the rest of the article here
Indulge In Southern Delights
The eatery offers an elevated menu that splendidly complements its casual sister restaurant Kono’s. Visitors of the restaurant can find creations incorporating Kono’s special 12-hour slow-roasted pork as well as exciting small plates (the restaurant’s version of appetizers) and savory entrees. The Surfing Pig, which opened in April, also serves handcrafted cocktails at its full-service bar…. read the rest of the article here
The Surfing Pig Offers Pau Hana in Kaimuki
The Surfing Pig dares to go where many others have gone before: a stretch of storefront on Waialae Avenue between 12th and Koko Head, previous home to Salt and Hale Ohuna… read the rest of the article here
Score with Mac and Cheese
As a key culinary player in the Kaimuki community, The Surfing Pig often comes up with creative plays on how to serve up classic dishes with a twist.“The Surfing Pig is always curating new dishes, menus and unique ways to experience dining in the restaurant,” says Anna Piergallini, director of sales and marketing.
A few star dishes on Surfing Pig’s lineup are Chicken and Waffle Deluxe (available during brunch), Surfing Pig Truffle Fries, Stuffed French Toast and Smokey Cheesy Mac with Porchetta ($12).
While everything on the menu is pure perfection, Surfing Pig’s Smokey Cheesy Mac with Porchetta, an elevated version of the classic duo, earns a standing ovation. The rich, delicious “Small Plate” (Surfing Pig’s version of an appetizer) comes with ziti pasta coated in a luscious homemade Gouda cheese sauce that is topped with crispy porchetta.
Responsible for The Surfing Pig’s cheerfully eclectic design, owner Stan Glander believes that “life begins outside of your comfort zone.” The Hawaii native grew up on the mainland and made a successful career in the restaurant and hospitality business before returning to Hawaii to launch Kono’s, purveyors of Oahu’s legendary award-winning kalua pig. The whimsical painted pig hoof prints on the walls at The Surfing Pig are echoed at all three Kono’s locations.. read the rest of the aritcle here
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Be sure to try their signature cocktail; bacon-infused bourbon smoked in its own chamber. You’re going to love it every time somebody orders this drink, because for a brief five minutes, the entire restaurant smells like a campfire. Get your camera ready because that smoke dissipates quickly!…..Read the rest of the article here
Sink your fork into some ‘porktastic’ plates at Kaimuki eatery
Two months ago, Stan Glander made East Oahuans very happy when he opened The Surfing Pig in Kaimuki.
“After the success of Kono’s, I wanted to create a space that offered an elevated menu, while adding an urban twist to the revival of the dining culture in Kaimuki,” explains Glander, who owns Kono’s as well. “Both restaurants exemplify quality food, service and extra aloha.”…..Read the rest of the article here
Urban Eats by FashionGabbs
Kaimuki is a thriving neighborhood filled with old school joints, corporate businesses, eclectic shops, yoga studios, and bougie food spots. Dining out is the main reason for me to commute to this side of Honolulu, and I’m always stoked to try new places that pop up in the area. Anytime I’m in the mood for some beer, hands down I need a hefty meal to compliment the buzz! Much like their sister restaurant, Kono’s, but with an elevated twist on urban eats, The Surfing Pig makes itself a hot spot for foodies of all ages. …..Read the rest of the article here
‘DROP IN’ ON THIS TASTY WAVE
Hop on board with one of Honolulu’s hottest new eateries, The Surfing Pig. Lined up on Waialae Avenue alongside several storefronts, this restaurant is lighting up the foodie scene with its quirky dishes and contemporary urban vibes. Take Brick Chicken ($24), for example. This plate comes packed with flavorful local flair, as the boneless chicken breast — with the drumette attached — is lightly seasoned, pressed and pan-fried to golden perfection. It is served with lightly spiced Sriracha fried rice loaded with pulled kalua pork. The pork, shares director of sales and marketing Anna Piergallini, is the establishment’s special recipe that is used from its sister restaurant, Kono’s. “We definitely have a lot of the signature Kono’s kalua pig in various dishes … so that’s how we mixed the two restaurants together.”…..Read the rest of the article here
The Surfing Pig KITV Yelp
KITV Yelp Segment with Emi Hart featuring The Surf Pig, a new restaurant in Kaimuki on Waialae Avenue. The Surfing Pig offers an elevated menu of Kono’s specialized 12hr slow-roasted pork, with variations of new creations of slow-roasted meats, small plates, and savory entrees. The new restaurant serves hand-crafted cocktails at the full serviced bar……Watch the full video here
Saying HOLA to fresh pupus
One of the newest eateries to hit the scene, The Surfing Pig is home to an exciting small plates concept for local foodies to gobble up. At the Kaimuki hot spot, which opened at the beginning of the month, the core of the menu is a tapas-inspired selection of sharable pupus infused with island flavors and an urban twist….. read the rest of the article here
Kono’s opens upscale tapas bar in Kaimuki, Oahu
There’s something undeniably cool about The Surfing Pig. Situated between Coffee Talk and Sprout Sandwich Shop, this tapas bar stands out, which is not an easy task in Oahu’s culinary cornerstone of Kaimuki. Maybe its owner, Stan Glander, took a few notes from his other wildly successful breakfast ventures, Kono’s North Shore, Kono’s Kapahulu and Kono’s Kailua. Or maybe it’s the cozy interior, which melds the bar and eating area together seamlessly…. read the rest of the article here
Kaimuki‘s new gastropub serves Kono’s awesome kalua pork
After posting behind-the-scenes shots of construction and menu items to come on their Instagram, The Surfing Pig is finally open in Kaimuki.
Kono’s slow-roasted pork features on the menu, but the new restaurant specializes in small plates and craft cocktails, plus wines and beers on tap. Carlos Buhain, the executive chef, says 98 percent of the menu is made at the restaurant, and the meats are smoked in-house….. Read the rest of the article here
New restaurant The Surfing Pig to open soon in Kaimuki
HONOLULU (KHON2) – It’s Foodie Friday and Take2 got a sneak peek at a new restaurant opening soon in Kaimuki.
The Surfing Pig specializes in small plates and craft cocktails.
One of the signature dishes that’s featured on the menu is back ribs with chicharon and herbs.
Chef Carlos created the perfect marriage of dry rub and marinade so the true flavors burst through in every bite…. Read the rest of the article here
Step Up to The Plate
A new restaurant is in town — The Surfing Pig. And with a divine menu and its hip, urban atmosphere, foodies and area residents will no doubt have a new go-to spot.
Though the eatery, located on 3605 Waialae Ave., is not yet open to the public (it will be by the end of the month), a sneak peak of what’s to come is all it took to win over the Dining Out team.
Some menu items customers can expect to find at The Surfing Pig are Smokey Cheesy Mac with Porchetta, Street Tacos, SP Burger and Kampachi Carpaccio. In addition to its food offerings, the restaurant also will serve handcrafted cocktails… Read the rest of the article here
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