The best coffee beans are grown in the center of the earth, but the farmer who dares to harvest them must overcome the infamous Lava Twins, infinite negative gravity, and his commitment issues. Grind the best beans growing aboveground with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of gourmet coffee, smoothies, and sandwich creations at Da Kine Café in Sunnyvale.
Da Kine Café offers a menu of Hawaiian-influenced gourmet coffee creations, tasty sandwich choices, and live entertainment. Its espresso menu features high-quality Lavazza beans ground fresh to make classic pick-me-ups like the Americano ($1.95–$2.65) and the creamy caramel macchiato ($3.20–$4.25). Da Kine’s fruit smoothies contain fruit juice and non-fat frozen yogurt along with real fruit in dreamy flavors such as strawberry fantasy, mango sensation, and lilikoi passion ($3.60–$5.20), while breakfast is available in the form of a bacon, ham, or turkey egg and cheese creation ($3.95 for a bagel sandwich). High-noon hunger havers seeking an escape from streets full of dueling cow sheriffs can dine on a variety of gourmet sandwiches ($3.95–$5.65), including the brok da mout ($4.80), featuring sliced turkey, avocado, lettuce, tomato, cheese, mayo, and mustard served on white or wheat bread. Da Kine’s specialty Hawaiian dish, spam musubi ($1.95), is a sushi-like sweet and salty treat popular with numerous historical figures, including Vikings.
Da Kine Café is a cozy spot to meet for coffee or to have coffee meet your mouth. Live bands are featured every Saturday night, including traditional Hawaiian music accompanied by hip-shaking hula dancers. Warm up your vocal cords and dust off your John Stamos wig for karaoke every Thursday night and for Friday-night comedy jams. Sports games, including UFC matches, are also shown regularly.
Da Kine Café has a four-star average from 11 Yelp reviews.
- Its not a fancy place...its a cool little shop where you can go hang out and chat. Have a good sandwich or smoothie. – Cathie O.
- I don't like getting caught in the rain, but I sure love me some Pina Coladas! The Pina Coladas at Da Kine is amazing! – May C.
- Did someone say, Spam Musubi? I am so there! Finally, a place that not only knows how to make this sweet, salty meaty goodness, but they know how to make it right! – EatPrayLove U.
Da Kine Cafe
A musician strums a ukulele onstage as hips sway around him in a hula dance. Laughing heartily with his friends at a nearby table, one man pinches seaweed-wrapped squares of sushi rice—authentic Hawaiian musubi—from shared plates as he talks up his latest adventures. At another table, the diners sing along with the ukulele player, eyes twinkling as the melody calls up memories of home.
This feeling of camaraderie, the spirit of aloha, is what owner Peter Be and his wife, Rena, wanted to capture when they opened Da Kine Cafe in 2010. When Rena, who was born in the Kalihi Valley on the island of Oahu, craved true Hawaiian eats, her choices were limited to lackluster mainland-style interpretations, such as lau lau wrapped in a tortilla instead of taro leaves. She put together a menu of authentic Hawaiian cuisine, with 10 variations of the hot noodle soup called saimin and 10 types of poke, which the head chef of the mainland's most famous Hawaiian restaurant dubbed the best in town. Classics such as the gravy-soaked beef patty of the loco moco fill the menu, waiting to be washed down with fresh-fruit smoothies and on-tap ales from the islands or local microbreweries. Gluten-free options are also available.
The décor reproduces the laid-back Hawaiian feel that Rena and Peter remember, so that even the restaurant’s stage wears a grass skirt. On Ohana Saturdays, visiting musicians take the stage, many of them winners of the Hawaiian islands' most prestigious music accolades, the Na Hoku Hanohano awards. Performers include slack-key-guitar player LT Smooth as well as the singer Mailani, accompanied by esteemed ukulele player Dr. Trey. Starting in the springtime, weekly festivals celebrate Hawaii's music, its dance styles, and its excessive number of festivals.
153 E Fremont Ave.
Sunnyvale, California 94087Get Directions