DaKineQ BBQ, Burgers & Tacos Set Roll in Fall

July 7, 2017, 12:43 PM HST
* Updated July 7, 12:49 PM
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DaKineQ will bring the tastes of Texas to the Kona, Kohala and Kamuela areas of the Big Island this fall.

DaKineQ will offer some of the cuisines that have made Texas a culinary destination: roadside barbecue, burgers and tacos.

DaKineQ will specialize in roadside Texas barbecue, but in the evening while the next day’s brisket is smoking, DaKineQ will offer burgers and tacos. The barbecue menu will include slow-smoked brisket, ribs, and chicken, with rotating special protein offerings, available by the pound or as a plate lunch, classic sides, such as coleslaw and pinto beans, homemade banana pudding, fresh-baked cookies and brownies. DaKineQ Burger will provide an abbreviated menu, streamlined and simple: hamburger; cheeseburger; double-double; fresh, not frozen fries; sodas; and milkshakes. DaKineQ Taco offers unique taco creations with big flavor.

DaKineQ concept could only be the brainchild of someone such as seasoned foodie and restaurateur Max Rudberg. As a Texas-native with over 20 years of food and beverage experience, Rudberg came to The Big Island for its natural beauty and island way of life. At times he longed for the cuisine offered back home but couldn’t bear leaving Hawaii, so he developed DaKineQ.

At times, he longed for the cuisine offered back home but couldn’t bear leaving Hawai‘i, so he developed DaKineQ.


“Ever since I was a boy growing up in Texas, food has always been my passion,” said Rudberg. “I’m incredibly excited to bring to the Big Island the delicious staples that have made Texas a culinary destination.


DaKineQ has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help with the costs of outfitting the truck with a kitchen and initial business costs.

About Max Rudberg


Max Rudberg was born and raised in Texas and has been in the food and beverage industry for 20 years.Rudberg has managed top restaurants such as The Palm Restaurant in Bay Harbor Islands, Florida, Tom Colicchio’s Craft | Dallas and Beach Tree at Four Seasons Hualalai. Rudberg holds a B.S. in hospitality management from Cornell University.

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