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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Cheeseburgers in Paradise – Grab a burger and enjoy the view!

Found at 2500 Kalakaua Ave right in the middle of the Waikiki Beach strip is a great little burger joint called, Cheeseburger In Paradise. It’s a great break from the numerous higher-end eateries along the strip as well as when you have had enough seafood for the week. The restaurant faces right towards Waikiki beach and offers splended views of all of the activities just across the street. We first visited on our last trip to Oahu some 18 months ago and really enjoyed it.

On this trip, we learned a lot more about the restaurant while enjoying a couple of Cheeseburgers, Onion Rings, and Kona Brewing company beers. In addition to the background provided on our menus, our server JP (who had ironically served us 18 months before) helped fill in the blanks.

Basically, the restaurant was founded back in 1989 by a couple of ladies from Orange County who moved to Maui and opened up the first restaurant. The number of restaurants is now in the teens and also known as “Cheeseburger, Mai-Tai, & Rock ‘n Roll” and Cheeseburger Island Style. This was due to a lawsuit that started back in 1996 when Jimmy Buffet sued when the restaurant decided to come to the mainland – and would compete with his trademark and partially owned with the Outback – Cheeseburger in Paradise chain.

None the less, once again the cheeseburgers and onion rings were a great break from the Hawaiian norm – make sure and visit it on your next trip!