A Tidal Wave of Flavors & Fun at Kahuna’s Bar and Grill

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A Tidal Wave of Flavors & Fun at Kahuna’s Bar and Grill

Kahuna’s is a local’s gem located on Gandy Blvd. across from the infamous Greyhound Dog Track. From the average passerby’s eye, it may seem like a divey bar not worth popping in to, even despite the daily full parking lot. I live just around the corner from Kahuna’s and have been a few times. The crowd is always interesting and entertaining, service is quick and friendly, the drinks are cold, and the food is tasty.

Kahuna's Exterior
Kahuna’s Exterior

I decided to grab lunch at Kahuna’s with a friend recently on a Saturday afternoon. We sat outside, despite the 90-degree weather. The patio is well covered with fans that keep it manageable to endure the heat. With that being said, I am not sure I could sit out there in the middle of August. The good news is, they have a large inside area with a bar, tables, and bar games to enjoy the A/C.

Cajun Crab Spread
Cajun Crab Spread

We decided to have a couple of Bud Lights and share a few dishes. Starting off with the Cajun Crab Spread. I don’t regret ordering the crab dip, but after it was too late, I realized there was a dip trio on the menu (including the Cajun Crab Spread) that I wish I had ordered instead. The crab spread was made with what appeared to be Krab (imitation crab), mayonnaise/cream cheese, and Cajun seasonings. It was served with sliced tomatoes, pickled jalapenos, and tortilla chips. It reminded me of the filling in a crab Rangoon, but with Cajun seasoning. The key to amping up the flavor was adding a pickled jalapeno on top!

Fried Pickles
Fried Pickles

Next up, we had fried pickles. The fried pickles are fried in a light yet crispy batter, then well-seasoned and served with ranch for dipping. There’s not much to say, except if you like fried pickles… order them!

Chicken Wings
Chicken Wings

The wings at Kahuna’s may be some of the best I’ve ever had. I don’t know what their secret is in the frying process, but they are fried to perfection. We got them tossed in the medium sauce, which is not your typical medium buffalo sauce. They add seasonings to the sauce which really sets it apart from other basic buffalo wing sauces.

Grouper Sandwich with Zucchini Fries
Grouper Sandwich with Zucchini Fries

We finished off our meal splitting a blackened grouper sandwich with zucchini fries on the side. The fish tasted fresh and was seasoned and cooked perfectly. The bun left something to be desired, but I just ate the fish without the bun (I didn’t need the carbs anyway). The zucchini fries were delicious! Maybe one of my favorite foods I had that meal. They were very crispy and flavorful. I would go back to just order those as a snack with an ice cold beer.

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Kahuna’s is the perfect place if you are looking for a laid back but fun atmosphere with affordable drinks and food that is delicious at the same time. I live just around the corner from there and will definitely start going more after the few good experiences I’ve already had there.

Kahuna's Bar and Grill
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  • Kahuna's Bar and Grill
  • (727) 576-7800
  • Bar, Lunch , Dinner
    • Sun - Sat 11:00am - 3:00am
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  • 10515 Gandy Blvd N., St. Petersburg, Florida 33702,

Local Bar and Restaurant in North St. Petersburg.

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