On my recent trip to Hawaii, I fell in love the food truck culture, they are everywhere and offer yummy local eats. My girlfriends that were holidaying with me, were giggling at my obsession with the food trucks and I think my constant want to stop and take photos of them and see what food was on offer, probably became a little irritating! Oh well, I made up for it by being a good travelling buddy in other ways!
All the food trucks in Hawaii are kind of special, they are super cute and they whip up the most fantastic food. There are huge lines of people ordering at the food trucks and then mingling around waiting for their special package of yumminess.
Of course there are food trucks that offer lots of fairly unhealthy food, but to my surprise and excitement there were also some amazing, delicious, healthy delights on offer too.
Near our hotel in the car park was a shrimp food truck that was very popular. It was very Hawaii Five-O! I ordered the garlic shrimp and beef combo with salad, and it did not disappoint
We went for a road trip up and around the North Shore where the food trucks are all along the road as you travel up. There were $1.50 tacos, fish, shrimp, shaved ice, you name it. The food trucks are really bright and colourful and had a really fun surfing theme.We stopped at a food truck on our drive and I had a Ahi kabob and salad. Ahi is a local Hawaiian variety of tuna and it is divine, I was excited to try local ingredients while I was in Hawaii. From the same food truck my friend ordered a chicken salad that was accompanied with local pineapple salsa, which was amazing and I admit that I did have food envy!
Nobu, which is modern Japanese and is incredible. It is expensive but well worth the experience.
Dukes, this is a local pup on Waikiki Beach, which I understand has been there forever. It is such a fun place, has great live music and has amazing bar food on offer. It is also famous for Hula pie, you need to share that dish because it is huge. There is a central bar, so it is a really social place where you can meet new people.
The Chart House, this place is located on the marina just up from The Modern and Hilton Village, it is very old school but fabulous. They have live music which is traditional Hawaiian and loads of fun. It is a busy place but they are on the ball with service. Try the stuffed shrimp, it is amazing and worth forgetting about the real food pledge for one night! I also shared a Key Lime Pie with my girlfriend and we nearly slipped into a food coma!
Roys, this place is an institution, the food was modern and fantastic. As always the wait staff were fabulous and very friendly.
Wolfgangs, this is the most amazing steak restaurant that I have been to. Wolfgang himself happen to be in Hawaii, so he popped around the tables to say hi to the guests, that was fun. Between four girls we shared the steak for two which was a huge T Bone steak. We had several sides to go with it and it was all amazing! After Nobu and Wolfgangs we did have to take out a second mortgage, so be prepared!
The Modern, this is a hotel on the Marina next to the Hawaiian Village. It has a stunning deck where you can enjoy the sunset and a special cocktail. I loved the Lychee Martini and that Coconut Mojito.
Japanese – The Japanese in Hawaii is sensational, and on every corner. We went to several places and they were all fabulous. Stopping in at a Japanese resturant is an absolute must when you are in Hawaii.
Goofey’s, This was my favourite place near the Hilton Village for breakfast. They made the most amazing omelets with local ingredients and served the dish with a side of kale and taro. They also made fresh smoothies with chia seeds, oh and reasonable coffee, which is hard to find compared to what we are used to. I went there quite a few times.
I loved all these places, so if you are going to Hawaii put them on your eat list, as well as a stop into a few food trucks.