Seven Brothers Burgers is a North Shore must


Ellissa Bio

Two Country Burgers and one Paniolo Burger is more than enough food for three people.

By Ellissa Bio, Staff Writer

After a long drive from downtown Honolulu to Haleiwa, there is plenty to do in the North Shore. From bikini shopping at Pakaloha Swimwear, to eating some famous acai at Haleʻiwa Bowls and having a short surf or tanning “sesh” at the beach, taking the back road home through La‘ie and grabbing a bite to eat at Seven Brothers Burgers is the perfect way to end a great adventure.

Seven Brothers is a local burger joint in La‘ie on the North Shore, tucked right in between L&L Drive-in and Foodland. When walking into the shop, customers are greeted with a big menu board with plenty of choices (but not too much). The menu focuses on a variety of fun burgers, with fresh local salads and home cut fries with loads of choices of toppings.

The food is phenomenal. The Paniolo burger is a mainstay with its barbeque sauce, fried onion ring and pineapple. The new Deep Blue burger is a savory mix of ranch, blue cheese, bacon and that amazing seasoned burger patty. Vegetarians are welcome also. The Country burger is just as satisfying with a combo of grilled pineapple, mushrooms, melted cheese, avocado and Pupukea greens. Salads are another option for those who have a smaller appetite.

Seven Brothers’ Insta-famous home fries come as a side order, so remember to ask for them. They are cut into thin, circular slices of heaven, seasoned to perfection and dipped into an amazing “secret” sauce. No one really knows what’s in it, but it has a light peach color. Some say it could be ketchup mixed with mayonnaise, and others say it could be a creamy thousand island dressing.

It’s the originality of the fries from Seven Brothers that makes the restaurant better than any other experience, such as Teddy’s Burgers or In-and-Out Burgers. At these sorts of burger joints, most times customers won’t bother to finish their fries – it’s just too basic. The mystery left behind Seven Brothers’ home fries is just the opposite. This experience will leave customers finishing each and every last fry, because no one wants to waste food that is just that good.

The fries range from $3-$6, the burger prices range from $4-$8, and the salads range from $3-$8. With a short wait of 5-7 minutes depending on the line, Seven Brothers also takes cash or credit.

The restaurant has a bar-style seating at the burger bar and cool homemade booths with a pallet-made lounge area in the front of the store. The decor is presented in a beach, surf, aloha style creating a culture of laid back and slow down. This place is so cool, and what makes it better, they’re not even trying.

Leftovers aren’t even a question. A burger and fries is the perfect amount for a meal, and customers will more than likely be content with what they’ve eaten.

If one can still work up an appetite for something sweet, I would highly recommend trying one of the chocolate or vanilla-flavored milkshakes. It comes with whipped cream and a simple dash of choco-powder on top. They’re big enough to share, but it’s too scrumptious to want to hand over.

Seven Brothers is a family-run business owned and operated by the Hannemann family. Arthur Hannemann and his seven sons believed that good food with loving, friendly, aloha atmosphere will bring people through the door day after day. Together they created something special, which adds to the uniqueness of the restaurant.

As they follow the mantra “not just a meal, but a lifestyle,” they make every day more than just cooking burgers but serving each individual customer like they’re family. It is a place where community members and college students can escape from the demands of their everyday life.

So when looking for a good place to kick back and eat at after a long day of North Shore events, think Seven Brothers. It is the place to be.