HawaiiWritten by Shara Enay On 23 February 2011

The Oahu Visitor’s Bureau released a rundown of the Island’s most popular lunch wagons. Some offer classic local favorites that will always be in high demand and others are pushing the envelope by serving innovative, gourmet cuisine at affordable prices.

Here’s a list of some of the most talked-about food trucks:

The Classics – Local Favorite Lunch Wagons

  • Haili’s Hawaiian Food: local plate lunches, stews, wraps, and rice bowls; located in the parking lot across from Ward Entertainment Center; www.mybackyardluau.com.
  • Ige’s Lunchwagon: savory local comfort foods, such as meatloaf, shoyu chicken, lau lau, pork tofu, chicken katsu and hamburger steak; Aiea; www.igeslwcatering.com.
  • Simply Ono: hamburger steak, garlic chicken, Hawaiian plates, furikake ahi, pork and squash soup, and crab and mushroom baked macaroni and cheese; University and Kakaako; www.simplyono.com.

North Shore Shrimp Trucks

  • Giovanni’s Original White Shrimp Truck: The oldest and most well known of the North Shore shrimp trucks, which serves a variety of shrimp from its graffiti-covered white truck in Kahuku and a second location in Haleiwa.
  • Famous Kahuku Shrimp Truck: Offers one of the largest menus of all the shrimp vendors on the North Shore, serving up favorites such as coconut-breaded shrimp and Western BBQ shrimp; www.hishrimp.com.
  • Macky’s Sweet Shrimp Truck: Look for the giant red prawn painted on the side; serves butter-garlic, lemon pepper and spicy hot shrimp plates.

New Kids on the Block

  • Gogi Korean Tacos: Offers Korean-style Mexican food, including burritos, gogi sliders and creamy kim chee fries. www.eatgogi.com.
  • Jawaiian Irie Jerk: Serves spicy Jamaican dishes, such as jerk chicken and pork, roasted fish and Caribbean curry chicken; parking lot across from the Hawaii Convention Center.
  • Melt: Kicked up grilled cheese sandwiches, including the Melt of Shame, a quarter-pound beef patty between two grilled cheese sandwiches, and a Triple Melt, made with gruyere, cheddar and gouda cheese; www.melthonolulu.com.
  • Opal Thai Food: Serves authentic Thai cuisine, including pad thai, spring rolls and curries; Wednesday through Sunday in Haleiwa.
  • Shogunai Tacos: An eclectic, globally inspired taco and quesadilla menu, which includes Zeus’s Glory Greek Taco, Mardi Gras Shrimp Taco and Baja Rally Mexican Quesadilla; www.shogunaitacos.com
  • Soul Patrol: Affordable Southern cuisine, such as buttermilk fried chicken, corn bread, jumbalaya and collard greens; downtown Honolulu on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month and at the Hawaii State Art Museum on the first Friday of every month; pacificsoulhawaii.com
  • Zaratez Mexicatessen: Authentic Mexican food, such as made-to-order tacos, burritos, quesadillas and mulitas; Kapahulu Ave.; www.facebook.com/zaratez.

For more information about locations, menus and hours of operation, please visit the provided websites.

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Shara Enay

Shara Enay is a writer for Hawaii Business magazine. She is a graduate of Kaimuki High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, traveling and watching UH sports.

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