Annie's Island Fresh Burgers
Anything but your typical burger joint, the philosophy behind Annie’s Island Fresh Burgers stresses three factors that make for a wholesome, authentic dining experience—local, fresh and organic.
As one of the pioneers and leaders in the farm-to-table movement on the Big Island for the last 10 years, “Annie’s has always emphasized the use of locally sourced and organic ingredients to make sure we are taking care of guests, neighbors and planet,” says Assistant General Manager Ann Levenson. “In fact, a source of great pride to us is that our ingredients are so fresh, we don’t even have a freezer!
“We chose burgers as our medium to help make farm-to-table dining more approachable and accessible to the masses, in addition to the amazing flavor combinations they allow us to create with our fresh housemade sauces and toppings,” she adds. “The freshness of what we provide to our guests is tasted in every bite. Our local grass-fed Big Island beef patties are hand-formed daily. All of our sauces, toppings and dressings from mayonnaise to our ‘southernmost’ South Point BBQ sauce are made fresh, in-house.”
What’s the best Annie’s has to offer? Levenson suggests the BBQ South Point Burger or Travel Channel’s Award-Winning Firecracker Burger. “They’d have to be considered as two of our most popular menu items,” says Levenson, “but you really can’t miss when pairing any beef, chicken, fish, vegetarian or vegan option on the menu with a local Ola Brew on tap or our refreshing Lilikoi Rum Spritzer. Trust us. We hear it all day and it gives us joy when our guests enjoy our suggestions.
“Also, if you haven’t tried our crispy sweet onion rings, you are missing out!” she throws in. “Craving something spicy? The jalapeno goat cheese poppers with sweet chili sauce will make your mouth dance.”
Levenson’s personal favorite is the Steakhouse Burger. “Hawai‘i Island beef with arugula, Hamakua mushrooms and blue cheese,” she describes. “It’s the perfect combination to make your tastebuds dance. Delicious!”
But by far, the BBQ South Point Burger is a customer favorite. Half-pound, grass-fed Big Island beef patty cooked medium —“pink throughout, so juicy”—topped with melted cheddar cheese, avocado, Annie’s famous South Point BBQ sauce and crunchy tempura-style sweet onion rings. “This burger will take you to another dimension!” she emphasizes. “And don’t forget our signature housemade dessert—a thick, dark chocolate pudding, unlike any you’ve ever tried before.”
Approaching its 10th anniversary, Annie’s is a multi-award winning restaurant, racking up accolades from various local and national entities. But what’s more important is the customer experience.
“Serving our guests delicious, fresh-made menu items and providing them with an authentic Big Island experience is our passion,” says Levenson. “Our unique ambiance with upbeat music and palm trees growing through the floor and roof of our lanai dining room, and lush mountain views all the way down to the ocean—you don’t just eat a meal; you enjoy a dining experience at Annie’s. We share our aloha with every guest who comes through our door.”
We’re convinced that if flavor had a sound, the menu items at Annie’s Island Fresh Burgers would be boisterous!
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