Before our first trip to Hawaii, we always thought the North Shore was known for having the best beaches. Little did we know that the North Shore of Oahu has some of the best food trucks. They offer everything from authentic Mexican cuisine to mouth-watering Hawaiian garlic shrimp and so much more! If you’re visiting the area, you have to try out some food trucks.
If you have limited time on your vacation, this is a great way to try various foods without committing to one restaurant. It’s also a great way to save money while you travel since food trucks tend to be much cheaper than restaurants.
(1) Giovanni’s Food Truck
Before we went to Oahu, We heard so many great things about Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck. Usually, we are not the type to go with the hype and we tend to stay away from places that seem too hyped up but we decided to give Giovanni’s a try.
We are so glad we did because the food was excellent and it exceeded all of my expectations.
We ordered the famous garlic shrimp and the “no refund hot and spicy shrimp,” and both options were delightful.
The shrimp plates cost $15 a plate and they come with two scoops of rice as a side, and that is a win because rice is everything, haha!
One thing to note is that the hot and spicy shrimp was indeed too spicy, so if you cannot handle the heat, then order something else from the menu.
My nose was running and my eyes watering while eating these little devils, but it was worth it and I would order it again!
They have many great options on the menu and I can guarantee you that you won’t be disappointed with whatever you order.
(2) The Sunrise Shack
Location: 59-158 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712
This Sunrise shack totally deserves a spot on this list. They have some of the best acai bowls we have ever tasted, and they also have many healthy superfoods.
The acai bowls are delicious and fresh, plus they have so many great smoothies to choose from that will hit your taste buds in all the right ways.
I decided to order their basic acai bowl with granola, strawberries, and bananas, which came out delicious. The yogurt was very creamy, and it had everything I could ask for in a base to create a smoothie bowl.
Items on the menu can range from $4 to about $15 and the portions are more than generous.
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(3) Sugah Daddeh’s
Location: 56-565 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, HI 96731
Sugah Daddeh’s is another one of our favorite food trucks on the North Shore. Their sugarcane drinks are some of the best we have ever had.
Their fresh sugarcane juices start at $7.00, and they also have ice tea options starting at $4.00.
Order one of their refreshing drinks and you will thank me later.
Also, we ended up asking the owner if we could buy some sugarcane to eat and he said, “not a problem.” He cut up the pieces for us and it ultimately made our day.
I grew up eating sugarcane and haven’t had any in 20 years. I was so happy with the excellent customer service.
(4) North Shore Tacos
Location: 54-296 Kamehameha Hwy, Hau’ula, HI 96717
North Shore Tacos is another excellent option on the North Shore. Their fish tacos are our favorite, and they are very affordable too. The tacos start at $4.78 for a single taco. We also ordered the Da Kine Quesadilla and it was amazing!
The salsas are mouth-wateringly good and not spicy at all, which is a win for those who can’t do too spicy.
They have a few great options on their menu like burritos, quesadillas, and nachos. Plus they offer an array of drinks from pineapple tiki and ginger lemonade to Mexican cola.
(5) Impossibles Pizza
Location: 59-065 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712
Impossibles Pizza is another must-try if you are visiting the North Shore. They offer fresh and delicious flatbread pizza with so many different topping options to choose from that won’t leave you feeling disappointed.
They have different pizzas like supreme, barbeque Hawaiian, veggie, meat-lovers, and my favorite: spinach and garlic white pizza!
(6) Fumi’s Kahuku Shrimp Truck
Location: 56-777 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, HI 96731
Fumi’s Kahuku Shrimp Truck is a great place to eat if you crave seafood while on the North Shore. Their prices may seem high due to their location, but it is worth trying them out for yourself.
A plate will cost you about $15.00, which isn’t all the way bad.
They have a variety of sauces that go with your seafood, and if you are a sauce fan this is the place for you. The garlic butter sauce was our favorite!
They have several other food options on their menu but we recommend sticking with seafood if it’s your first time visiting.
(7) Mike’s Huli Chicken
Location: 56-565 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, HI 96731
Mike’s Huli Chicken has a variety of options, from fried rice to Huli chicken stir-fry and Kalua pork.
The prices here range from $9.00 to about $18.00 depending on what you order.
They also offer great drinks like passion iced tea and Hawaiian cola. If it’s your first time trying those drinks out, try the passion iced tea because it is life-changing.
(8) Hale’iwa Bowls
Location: 66-030 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712
Hale’iwa Bowls has some of the best acai bowls on the island, and their smoothies are spot on too. They also serve up some fresh juices with fruits and vegetables. This is an excellent place for those of you that are more health-conscious.
Their acai bowls range from $9.00 to $14.00 plus toppings. They have a few seating spots in front of the truck, but it is more like a grab-and-go place.
(9) Aloha Shrimp
Aloha Shrimp is yet another winner on the North Shore. They have a few Hawaiian options like poke and fried rice, but their shrimps are to die for.
I chose the classic garlic shrimp and it was worth every penny. The portion was generous and the price was just right too.
Their prices range from $10-$12.
(10) The Elephant Truck
Location: 59-186 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712
The Elephant Truck has some of the best Thai food on the island. They have some of the best pad thai, fried rice, and Panang curry, to name a few.
Their prices are reasonable and the portions are very generous.
(11) Seven Brothers
Location: They have multiple locations, including one in Haleiwa, one by Sharks Cove, one in Laie, and one in Kahuku at the Mill.
If you are looking for something different and are craving burgers and fries, look no further than Seven Brothers.
This family-owned and operated business is known for its fresh, made-to-order burgers using only the finest ingredients. They pride themselves in using NEVER frozen beef.
The beef patties are juicy and delicious, and they offer a wide variety of burger options to choose from.
They even offer a vegan option, the Keep the Country Country, which has grilled pineapples, sauteed mushroom, melted swiss cheese, and fresh avocado.
This is, without a doubt, one of the best burger spots in Oahu!
(12)Leonard’s Malasadas Truck
While not on the North Shore, Leonard’s has the best malasadas we have ever tasted, and that’s coming from someone who grew up eating them.
We stopped on the way back to Waikiki since it was on the way. They were calling my name the minute I got off the plane in HNL, so I made sure we made the stop somewhere along the way!
You can choose from different flavors, but I always stick to the basics and order the original. In my opinion, they are perfect just the way they are, and why ruin perfection?
I also get mine without all the powdered or regular sugar on top, and it tastes even better. On the other hand, my boyfriend loves the extra sugar, so he gets some with sugar and some without to balance it out.
If you love malasadas or donuts with filling inside, we highly recommend the custard-filled kind.
The Malasadas are very affordable at $1.35 a piece and $1.80 for the malasada puffs (with fillings).
Worth mentioning: the lines here might be long, but it’s totally worth it. Trust me!
North Shore Food Trucks Frequently Asked Questions
Is there an APP in Hawaii for food trucks?
Yes, there is! It’s called “Huli”, and it’s a great way to find new food trucks while in the area.
Are the prices at food trucks higher than at restaurants?
It depends on which food truck you go to, but most are pretty reasonable for their portion sizes. The only thing that may be a bit expensive is the seafood.
Do food trucks in Hawaii take credit cards?
Only a few of the food trucks accept credit cards. Most only take cash. I would recommend bringing cash with you if you plan on eating at the food trucks.
How long does it take to get to the North Shore from Waikiki?
Generally speaking, it takes about an hour to get from the Waikiki area to the North Shore of Oahu. Keep in mind that this will also depend on which part of the north shore you plan to visit and the traffic.
What is Hawaiian garlic shrimp, and why is it popular?
It’s just shrimp with garlic butter sauce, but it’s so delicious! It’s mainly a thing because it’s a very popular food truck dish and was made famous by tourists.
How much does the food at food trucks cost?
Food truck prices range from $1.20 – to $20 depending on the menu item. The seafood is a bit more expensive, but it’s fresh and worth trying if you are on the North Shore!
Where are food trucks in Waikiki?
Most of the food trucks that are located in Waikiki are parked on Kuhio Ave between Maile St and Kalakaua Ave.
Waikiki has a limited number of food trucks. You will find more food trucks on the North Shore. I usually frequent supermarkets in Waikiki for food/groceries and stick to the North Shore for food trucks.
The Wrap Up
So there you have it, these are some of the best food trucks on the North Shore. You really can’t go wrong with any of these options, and we hope that you enjoy them as much as we did!
Mahalo for reading our post! Until next time, Aloha!