Among O‘ahu’s many winning attributes is its abundance of delicious and affordable lunch spots. Head to one of these six food trucks around the island and prepare to have your tastebuds satisfied and your expectations exceeded. Fair warning, though: you may be tempted to take an afternoon nap afterwards!
1. Dat Cajun Guy
Head to Hale‘iwa for a food truck experience so good that it’s been featured on the Cooking Channel, Esquire, and Hawaii News Now. Dat Cajun Guy fuses the flavors of New Orleans with Hawai‘i, cooking up amazing island cajun flavors that are all his own. From shrimp po boys to jambalaya to beignets, everything on Dat Cajun Guy’s menu has received rave Yelp reviews. The secret’s out on this awesome truck, so be prepared to hunt for parking and wait a few minutes for your food. It’s well worth the wait, though!
2. Kau Kau Grill
Try the “Trust Me Combo” at Kau Kau Grill for a fan favorite. The combo platter of garlic shrimp and BBQ ribs is tender, juicy, and the portion is pretty big for lunch. The Kau Kau truck usually parks at the Makers & Tasters marketplace at 1011 Ala Moana Blvd in Honolulu, but be sure to follow them on Instagram for details for updates on special events and alternate locations.
3. Surf N Salsa
Get your Mexican food fix at Surf N Salsa in Hale‘iwa. Order the fish tacos, the chimichanga plate, or a quesadilla plate, served with generous portions and fresh made guacamole. The staff will serve you chips and salsa on the house while you wait for your feast. Tuesdays are a great time to check out this truck, when tacos are just $1.00 each!
4. Laverne’s Lunch Wagon
Head to Laverne’s Lunch Wagon for some Hawaiian food and other tasty plate lunch options. Stop by this little wagon if you’re near the Waikele Shopping Center: Laverne’s is parked in front of KMart, right next to Leonard’s Maladasamobile. You can’t go wrong with the smoked meat plate, or a Hawaiian combo plate of kalua pig, chicken long rice and squid luau.. For under $10.00, you’ll get a generous serving of your protein of choice, plus big scoops of rice and macaroni salad. You might need an afternoon nap after lunch at Laverne’s.
5. Aloha Plate
Winner of season 4 of Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race, Aloha Plate brought amazing Hawaiian comfort food all across America in 2014. Now they’re back in Oahu serving up great food around the island. Check out their website or visit their Facebook page to see where they’ll be located next.
6. Leonard’s Bakery Malasadamobile
If you’ve saved any room for dessert (or just want a sweet snack), you have to try Leonard’s famous maladasas. In addition to their Kapahulu location, Leonard’s conveniently has a “maladasamobile” so you can get their famous Portuguese doughnuts on the go. With original sugar, cinnamon, li-hing or an option filled with custard, Haupia and Dobash, you’ll want to try one of each or share with friends. These treats are light, fluffy, and served fresh and hot—just the way they should be.