Tropics Tap House
A Food-Forward and Family Friendly Restaurant in Keauhou
Original article by Karen Anderson
Featuring fabulous sunset views and refreshing ocean breezes, Tropics Tap House Restaurant is the place where you can enjoy early-bird specials, savor local brews while watching sports on TV, or bring the entire family for a “food forward” dining experience that’s both affordable and delicious.
Located at the former Drysdale’s spot at Keauhou Shopping Center, the open-air restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, stop in for breakfast, along with the full regular menu.
“We believe in local products,” said Ryan Ashihara, executive chef/manager of Tropics Tap House in Keauhou. “We use fresh-farmed vegetables delivered to us the same day that it’s harvested. All of our beef is locally sourced and never frozen. Our aloha-inspired dishes are made with the best local ingredients from fishermen, farmers and ranchers here on the Big Island.”
The diverse menu appeals to all types of patrons. The most popular dishes include the panko-breaded fish & chips or the Big Island Tap Burger, with local beef, lettuce, tomato & onion with handcut fries. The mac & cheese appetizer has a cult following, as does the slow-roasted pork ribs, says Ryan.
“People also love the furikake calamari appetizer. The flatbread pizza is another mover. We sell a lot of fresh salad, including our BLT salad and our caprese salad.”
In keeping with the name, Tropics Tap House serves up plenty of local craft brew on draft from Kona Brewing Co., Maui Brewing Company, Honolulu Beer Works, Waikiki Brewing, and Ola Brew Co. With 11 big-screen TVs throughout the venue, the restaurant is the place to go watch the big game any day or night of the week.
Everything on the appetizer menu is priced between $6 to $7 on average, the most being $10. Happy hour takes place daily from 2-5 p.m. For under $20, you can enjoy two sizeable, gourmet appetizers and a glass of beer. One of the most popular nights for dining, “Wine Wednesday” offers $4 house wines.
There’s also a great kids’ menu that includes everything from chicken tenders to cheeseburger sliders, pasta with butter, and a pulled-pork & rice bowl.
With 11 big-screen TVs, Tropics Tap House Restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy live sporting events every day of the week. Happy hour takes place daily from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and offers discounts on carnitas, tacos, volcano fries, wings, sliders and more. Local brews include selections from Kona Brewing Co., Maui Brewing Company, Honolulu Beer Works, Waikiki Brewing, and Ola Brew Co., which is represented by its new pineapple cider, ginger cider, lager and IPA.
The excellent “food forward” menu offers something for everyone in the family. Local ingredients are spotlighted, such as farm-fresh vegetables delivered the day of harvest, as well as fresh catch from local fishermen and beef from local ranchers.
The array of offerings includes recent additions to the menu that have already become big sellers — like the Makai Fry featuring fried fish and three pieces of coconut shrimp served on garlic mash and topped with sautéed vegetables, pineapple chutney, and lemon beurre blanc drizzle on the side.
Another new menu item is the “Ka Moa Stacker” buffalo-chicken sandwich with bacon, Swiss cheese and blue cheese crumbles. The new Steak Mac n’ Cheese is made with four cheese sauce, onions, steak and penne pasta.
For the latest news about specials and events, check out the restaurant’s Instagram at TropicsTapHouseKona.