Kono's Cafe serves up a beach breakfast that's popular with locals and tourists alike, which can lead to an intimidating line- but it moves quickly ... More
Kono's Cafe serves up a beach breakfast that's popular with locals and tourists alike, which can lead to an intimidating line- but it moves quickly and there are surf videos to watch and quotes of the week to laugh about. If customers choose to walk outside (burgers and other lunch foods are available, and breakfast is served all day), their meal comes with a viewthe ocean and all the characters strolling by. Kono's is as casual as the beach, and plates are big and inexpensive.
I am not sure at all how this place gets such great reviews. I absolutely love breakfast food and this place has all the hype and their menus sounds delicious, but the food is horrible.
The Kono's potatoes sound and look delicious, but they were barely cooked. It was like eating raw chunks of potato that were really hard and dry.
Those same potatoes were in my breakfast burrito, which was disgusting. The breakfast burritos were huge, but there wasn't a drop of salsa, picante or hot sause on the burrito. It was just the dry potatoes, undercooked eggs and a little bit of cheese. It was so dry and blaw I actually didn't even finish my burrito and I have a big appetite.
The only hot sauce they had was traditional Tabasco. There was no cayenne hot sauce, Cholula or jalepeno Tabasco. If they had some decent hot sauce it might have made the burritos edible, but they didn't even have that.
My wife had the breakfast combo with scrambled eggs (her's were undercooked too), Kono potatoes (again way undercooked), bacon (this was the only good thing they had) and french toast (the french toast was okay, but not even average).
It seems like all their food is way under-cooked. It was all hot, but I think since they are trying to serve it fast they cook it all really hot, but really quick so it doesn't get cook thoroughly.
The only good things I have to say was the portions were very big. The atmosphere was pretty cool and the service was very friendly.
My advise though is go to Denny's up a block and avoid waiting an hour for this way below average food. I hate Denny's or any big chains, but at least you know what you are getting there.
Kono's was terrible and I was thoroughly disappointed. My wife was as well. I have no idea how this place gets such good reviews. Maybe we just caught them on their worst day or something.
Best breakfast eats. A lot of good food, at the right price. Most people seem to order the breakfast burrito. They have four options, all of them look good. Our #1 tasted great.
The line says it all. Limited seating inside, but you're in SD. So you eat outside and watch the waves, the people and get some sun.
Kono's is a breakfast joint at the end of Garnet St. in Pacific Beach. It is literally on the ocean boardwalk. Kono's mainly serves breakfast (it closes at 3ish), but it does have other food. The food is typical breakfast stuff, you do get rather large portions. My favorite item is the potatoes mixed with peppers. I recommend the Big Breakfast #2. And probably the coolest part of Kono's is the deck overlooking the beach. Watch the surfers, while eating your breakfast. Pretty cool, dude!
Drawbacks: (1) The wait! You order at a walk-up window. If you get there at the wrong time of the morning, the line can be long. It does move pretty fast. (2) Parking is typical PB parking. It can be hard to find a space. But the morning is usually not too bad. (3) Seagulls. Watch out for the birds. And don't feed them.
Bottom line: If you like to eat breakfast and you like the beach this place is for you. You have to hit at least one time if you are in San Diego.
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