Oahu's Favorite Food Trucks

Posted by Alex Cortez R(B) on Saturday, February 16th, 2019 at 4:42pm.

Oahu is famous for its big waves, silky, white-sand beaches, epic hiking trails and colorful sunsets, but it’s also celebrated for its culinary specialities and cutting-edge chefs. Better yet, many of their delicacies can be found across the island in food trucks, which are sure to “broke da mouth”. There are dozens of food trucks scattered across Hawai’i’s most populous island, but some stand out among the rest. These are our five favorite food trucks:

Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck 
66-472 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa
Website: http://giovannisshrimptruck.com Giovanni's Food Truck Oahu
Photo Courtesy: Flickr

The shrimp trucks scattered across Oahu's North Shore are perhaps most popular — and longstanding — mobile food establishments on the island. And Giovanni's Shrimp Truck, which has been operating since 1993, is oldest and most established in town, with a reputation for serving the freshest and most delicious anywhere on Hawaii.
Giovanni's started operating out of a converted 1953 bread truck that was parked at locations across the North Shore, until it settled down at one location and eventually bought the land its parked on. Everything on the menu is delicious, but their shrimp scampi is possibly the most popular, which comes with two scoops of rice.&

Eat the Street
747 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA
808.772.3020 Website: http://eatthestreethawaii.com/
Why go to one food truck when you can sample a range of Hawa's best? For the last eight years, Eat the Street has attracted up to 7,000 hungry people who flock to Kakaako Park each month to taste some of the best street food Hawaii has to offer. The food truck rally features more than 40 food vendors and is hosted the last Friday of each month from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Kaakako condominium living is raising the standard of urban living in the US.

From crispy pork belly to li hing mui popsicles, the event offers something for everyone, in addition to music, local artisans and other businesses. There are also portable restrooms, portable handwashing stations and an ATM on site. If you don't want to deal with parking, Eat the Street has partnered with Uber, check out their site for details.

Leonard's Malasada Trucks
Various locations
For a full list of hours and locations, visit their website: http://leonardshawaii.com/malasadamobile

Leonard's Malasadas Food Truck Oahu
Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia

Traced back to Portugal, Malasadas are one of Hawaii's most popular sweet treats, a yeast-leavened doughnut rich with eggs, butter and occasionally evaporated or fresh milk. And as anyone in Hawaii can attest, Leonard's Bakery in Kaimuki makes Oahu's most ono.

Because of the strong reputation, there is often a line trailing out of the bakery, just minutes from Waikiki. Skip the crowds by tracking down Leonard's malasada trucks, which are usually parked in Waikele Shopping Center, Pearlridge Shopping Center and Koko Marina Shopping Center in Hawaii Kai.

Mike's Huli-Huli Chicken
47-525 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI, USA
Website: http://mikeshulichicken.com

One of Hawaii's favorite delicacies goes back decades, when in 1955, Pacific Poultry's Ernest Morgado cooked up his style of teriyaki chicken. It was a definite crowd pleaser and would eventually become one of the most popular dishes found only within the Hawaiian Islands.

The chicken is barbecued between two grills, which had to be flipped over, hence the name 'huli huli' which means to turn. Today, Huli-Huli Chicken is a barbecue staple across the state, and Mike's Huli-Huli Chicken in Kaneohe is some of the best. Try the plate served with rice and mac salad and don't skimp on their spicy sauce, the perfect pair for the sweet, tangy chicken.

The Elephant Shack
59-720 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI, USA
Website: http://808elephant.com

It may come as a surprise, but some of Oahu's best Thai cuisine is tucked off the road on Oahu's rural North Shore. The Elephant Shack uses locally sourced produce, much of it from farms Pupukea, Waialua and Kahuku, just miles from the truck. In their yard, the owners grow fresh herbs like Thai basil, holy basil, mint, chilies and lemongrass that flavor their rich and complex dishes.

From the Ganesha Pad Thai, a vegan option, to classics like Panang Curry and Thai Basil Fried Rice with Shrimp, the Elephant Shack has something delicious — and healthy — that everyone will like.

The above list is a mere peek at what the Oahu culinary scene has to offer - to learn more about different areas of the island, respective lifestyles and more, contact us.

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