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Monday, April 29, 2013

pop-we Dinner Club Reviews Kona Grill

Kona Grill at Village Pointe.
This month population-we™ (pop-we) foodie Kris decided to go a little Hawaiian; we went to Kona Grill located in the Village Pointe shopping area, 295 N. 170th St. Kona has more than 20 locations throughout the United States. They want to be known for sensational flavors in their modern American cuisine from a scratch kitchen. But Kona is also known for their huge sushi and sashimi menu from traditional rolls to Kona rolls.

When you arrive you are greeted at the hostess area, then around the corner is the bar area. It is a big center bar lined with stools, televisions, tables but many people want to sit on the backside which is an indoor patio that also has televisions. The patio area is indoor but the huge windows open up, which is popular place to hang out and have a few cocktails like a sake bomb. The bar area has an awesome happy hour that gets crazy busy…if you're not there by 4 p.m. on Friday is it very hard to find a table.

The night we were there the club sat in the dinning room past the sushi bar, which is adorned by a very cool fish aquarium. Tonight, I decided to try the pad thai noodles which is: noodles, beef tenderloin, vegetables in a black bean garlic sauce for $16. I liked the dish, it was simple but had really nice flavors. We also tried “angry” edamame for $5.50, which is edamame (soy beans) served with a very spicy garlic sauce. Those few members who tasted it thought the appetizer was hot, fun and delicious.

After compiling the surveys from the other foodies the pop-we Dinner Club gives Kona Grill: 3.9 star average on a scale of 1-5.

Atmosphere/Decor – 4.5
Angry edamame.

Cleanliness – 4

Wait Staff – 3.5

Menu – 4

Food Presentation – 4.5

Food Portions – 4

Food Taste – 4

Cost (was the cost worth meal?) – 3.5

Noise Level – 3

Overall Experience – 4

You can check out Kona Grills menu at On their webite under lifestyle, you can check out their gluten free, vegetarian and vegan menus.

Want to do this yourself? To review how to start your own dinner club, visit our January post about doing just that. Remember it is a template; tweak it to fit you and your friends’ tastes. pop-we Dinner Club: good food…good friends…good times.
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-population-we™ blog post by Brian Brown
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  1. Brian: Thanks for the review! Kona Grill by far has the best homemade pot stickers I’ve ever eaten. Not fried, it’s a light healthy alternative. Accompanied with a Teriyaki dipping sauce; once dunked in the sauce each pork-filled morsel bursts with immense flavor. That and angry edamame is what I dined on during our dinner club’s evening out. The angry edamame is by far the hottest dish I’ve ever tried at Kona. It was a real treat!