5 Minute Tiki Bar Visit

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I walked into a Tiki Bar today. It was only for less than five minutes, to pick up my dinner and cocktail to-go order. But 12 days is about as long as it’s been between tiki bar visits during the last couple years. Kind of maybe starting to regret not building the tiki bar at home right about now. But, Kon-Tiki is doing take out and now that includes cocktails. The menu is limited, but as long as their famous, amazing Kon-Tiki Burger is on the menu it doesn’t matter to me. Interestingly, the to-go version is slightly modified, including a little bit of lettuce and tomato. And the included fries are crinkle cut. But even after a drive home to Fremont the burger tasted A-MAZ-ING. Really really great. Everyone at home loved them. If you’re local, get on it! As for the to-go cocktails this was more of a mixed bag. The new pricing this week is $18 per cocktail, though it’s more than double the normal amount of liquid in a typical cocktail glass including all the ice. And as “bottled ready to go” Mai Tais go, this one was pretty good. A little lime-forward for my taste, but it was plenty boozy. I mean, plenty. boozy. I also had the Virigin’s Sacrifice. This was probably closer to what’s served in the restaurant, though the reason I ordered was because I have never ordered it there before and thought I’d give it a try. Tequila, Mezcal, lime, passionfruit, and pineapple gum, all great. The spicy chili, though – was too much for me. If you like things spicy, this is a great cocktail. Have heard great things about the Zombie and Ma Kua from other tikiphiles so this is definitely the place for cocktails in Oakland right now. So very nice to see the Kon-Tiki crew working to keep the ship sailing through this challenging time. Cheers to Matt, Christ, Tony, Jeanie, Manny, and everyone else working tonight. Miss you all but we’ll see you on the other side. Last note? Yes. Yes, there was Yacht Rock playing inside the Kon-Tiki. Some things never change. #tiki #tikibar #tikidrinks #tikiculture #tropicaldrinks #cocktails #craftcocktails #rum #rhum #maitai #1944maitai #oakland

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