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Going Flat at Kona Grill

A flat kona.

I’ll be the first to admit that long ago I wrote off Kona Grill as a generic bar and grill kind of spot with reheated food for yuppy types. Yet, when my coworkers and I ventured out for lunch one day and found ourselves at Kona Grill in Chandler, I didn’t protest because it still deserved a fair shot and who would I be to not give it one?

While literally everyone else at the table ordered the chopped salad, obviously I was not going to take that route. Instead, I went with the BBQ Chicken Flatbread. It was topped with cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce, the chicken itself, gouda, red onion and cilantro. Looking back, it was probably the gouda that sold it for me more than anything else because gouda is god’s cheese. I ordered it without the onions and eagerly awaited the hungry looks on everyone else’s faces.

The hungry looks came as they realized just how cheesy this flatbread was and certainly I was happy to find this cheesiness as well. In fact, it even seemed like the flatbread was actually prepared in the kitchen because it was slightly misshapen. Admittedly, it was pretty satisfying. I mean that in the sense that Kona Grill did what it had to do. Was it anything special? No. And while I would never seek out Kona Grill just to get a taste of that flatbread, it at least proved to me that I could find something reasonably good to eat if I found myself there again.