dinner review: kona grill;

So I know I promised you my review on Mediterranean Cellars in my post last week about quattro goomba winery, but I’ve elected to postpone that post in favor of a shout out to the place in Baltimore that we had dinner for J’s bachelorette party!  I figured that was a little more timely, and besides, I wanted to dish on some of the details of the weekend.  So keep an eye out for that Mediterranean Cellars post, I promise it’s coming!

Kona Grill Menu @ tipsychocochip.com

I’ve known J for what’s going on 6 years–wow can you imagine?  We met through our sorority in college, but at Bucknell you’re only allowed to rush as a sophomore+.  So I didn’t really know J until sophomore year.  But she and another friend B and I hit it off at all of the new member meetings and events we were attending, and dubbed ourselves “the three musketeers”!  Funnily enough, a single picture at our first formals of us three and what later became my best friend in college D, added Dartanian to our group and we were “the four musketeers”!  But after college, J and I both had jobs in the same general DC area, and chose to live together for a few years.  Her then-new-fiance moved in with us after about two years, and then we went our separate ways: her moving in with her fiance, and me moving in with my boyfriend T.  Funnily enough we ended up in the same complex, across the street from each other (I preferred the ‘townhouse style’ apartments over regular ones because I’m such a light sleeper).  Suffice it to say that we can’t get rid of each other!

Basil Pesto Linguine from Kona Grill Review @ tipsychocochip.com

J’s wedding is set for mid-September, so her bridal shower was this past weekend.  We left straight from the shower to the bachelorette, making the trek to Baltimore!  We stopped at a winery on the way, great shoals (read my earlier review), got to the room, played some games, and grabbed a late dinner before drinks, and were still in bed by 12:30 at the bride-to-be’s request.  Our dinner was at Kona Grill, a nice place that T and I had actually been before, with our friends G & T.  It’s an asian fusion place, with sushi and a good amount of seafood on the menu, but by no means limited to a sealection (heh.  punning my life away), as you’ll see from the dishes in this post!

Lemon Garlic Shrimp Penne from Kona Grill Review @ tipsychocochip.com

I only bothered the people closest to me to take pictures of their food, but the ones pictured here, in order, were: basil pesto linguine, lemon-garlic shrimp penne, and pork sliders!  A lot of the rest of the table opted for salads or the caprese sandwich, and I wasn’t able to snag pictures because we were so hungry! Everyone seemed happy with their meals.  Mine was the lemon-garlic shrimp pasta, with a yummy cream sauce and yummy garlic bread.  It reminded me of shrimp scampi but with a butter sauce instead of the traditional solitary butter sauce.  The basil pesto, which I’ve had before (and might’ve snitched some of K’s anyway) is super good, very pesto-y and with andouille sausage that adds a nice spicy kick to the dish!  B ate all of her pork sliders, and they came with a delightful asian-inspired sauce that we ended up using to dip the sweet potato fries in!  The caprese sandwich also looked good, and E swapped the sweet potato fries for regular shoestring fries, and it was good!  I didn’t actually try it, because somehow it seems more evasive to take a bite of sandwich then steal a forkful off another plate.

Pork Sliders from Kona Grill Review @ tipsychocochip.com

The food was really good, and the weekend was fun!  I hope J had a blast, and her sister really did a wonderful job of putting together the whole weekend.  Kona Grill is a solid 4 out of 5 chips (read: stars).  I’ve enjoyed it both times I’ve been there, and their food is delicious with big portions that are good for growing boys or two meals for me, and a good variety on their menu.  I would go back again, although I think I’d like to try some other restaurants in Baltimore before going back again!  Apparently there is one in arlington, but I haven’t been there, so I’m not sure if it stacks up to the Baltimore location!

Review: Kona Grill @ tipsychocochip.com

Kona Grill
Kona Grill Website
1 E. Pratt Street, Building #103
Baltimore, MD, 21202

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