Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck

Shrimp scampi

Shrimp scampi

During my last trip to Hawaii, I finally tried Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck, which is both a tourist stop as well as a well-respected establishment by locals. Located in a lot in Kahuku, the truck opens around 11 am, and is surrounded by tents of crafts, shaved ice and roasted corn on the cob.

Sitting in the shaded eating area a little before 11, I eagerly waited for the truck to drive down the lane and park at the entrance. A line already formed before I could reach the opposite end, which gave me some time to peruse the menu. The choices are limited to 4 items, and we decided on the Shrimp Scampi ($13) and the Lemon Butter Shrimp ($13). The Shrimp Scampi is doused in garlic, lemon and butter and oh so tasty. The Lemon Butter Shrimp is a subset of the Shrimp Scampi without the garlic. Both are satisfying, but the Shrimp Scampi is a must have.

Down the path we also picked up freshly roasted Kahuku corn, which tasted as good as it looks!

Roasted Kahuku corn

Roasted Kahuku corn

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Rainbow Drive-In

I dream of Loco Mocos living in New York. One of the only places that serve it is L&L Drive-In on Fulton Street, which is a satisfactory alternative to the real deal served at Rainbow Drive-In in Honolulu.

There’s something about this concoction that just works…2 sunny side up eggs on top of hamburger patty with 2 scoops rice and thick brown gravy draped over everything. Oh yeah, can’t forget the macaroni salad. An acquired taste for sure as well as a love for carbs, it took me 18+ years to try this delicacy. The ironic thing about growing up in Hawaii is that I had never really been exposed to the local comfort food, which is partly a shame, since I no longer can get it at my disposal. I guess this is partly a good thing seeing as this should be consumed sparingly. Nevertheless, I will make a concentrated effort to visit Rainbow Drive-In at least once during my visits home.

Loco moco

Loco moco