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Kua Aina

808-591-9133  •  $
ADDRESS: 1200 Ala Moana Blvd, Ward Center, Honolulu, HI 96814

CUISINE: Sandwiches, Burgers

FEATURES: BYOB, Handicap Access, Kid Friendly, Patio Seating, Smoke Free, Vegetarian Friendly

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Originally a single North Shore sandwich shack, Kua 'Aina proves the old adage, "Good things come in small packages." Although a few years ago it expanded into more spacious digs - taking its old, seasoned grill with it - Kua 'Aina remains constantly crowded both at its North Shore location as well as in the Ward Center shopping complex. That's because tourists and locals alike - and President Obama when he's back in his hometown - can't get enough of the monstrous salads, sandwiches and burgers offered at this wildly popular quick-eats destination. While the classic selection of turkey, roast beef and fish filet sandwiches provides flavorful alternatives, the humongous burgers are the star attractions. Not your average drive-through "whopper," these are thick, smoked patties - available only in "big" and "bigger" varieties - grilled and placed between a fluffy Kaiser roll complete with lettuce and generously sliced tomatoes. Add pineapple or, better yet, a fat slice of avocado for the perfect pre- or post-beach meal accompanied by a basket of the made-to-order shoestring fries. Meatless options include a substantial avocado sandwich on multigrain bread. Rolls of paper towels at each table get much use, to say the least.

Beer available. BYOB. Serving lunch and dinner daily. "A must-stop spot during a drive around the island. ... The crispy shoestring fries alone are worth the trip."
- Fodor's

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Originally a single North Shore sandwich shack, Kua 'Aina proves the old adage, "Good things come in small packages." Although a few years ago it expanded into more spacious digs - taking its old, seasoned grill with it - Kua 'Aina remains constantly crowded both at its North Shore location as well as in the Ward Center shopping complex. That's because tourists and locals alike - and President Obama when he's back in his hometown - can't get enough of the monstrous salads, sandwiches and burgers offered at this wildly popular quick-eats destination. While the classic selection of turkey, roast beef and fish filet sandwiches provides flavorful alternatives, the humongous burgers are the star attractions. Not your average drive-through "whopper," these are thick, smoked patties - available only in "big" and "bigger" varieties - grilled and placed between a fluffy Kaiser roll complete with lettuce and generously sliced tomatoes. Add pineapple or, better yet, a fat slice of avocado for the perfect pre- or post-beach meal accompanied by a basket of the made-to-order shoestring fries. Meatless options include a substantial avocado sandwich on multigrain bread. Rolls of paper towels at each table get much use, to say the least.

 
"A must-stop spot during a drive around the island. ... The crispy shoestring fries alone are worth the trip."
- Fodor's
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Beer available. BYOB. Serving lunch and dinner daily.

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