Five Kauai Food Trucks

Sample local cuisine from one of these food trucks


 

Kauai Food Truck, photo by Jonathan Moeller

Food trucks have really made a name for themselves on Kauai, where you can find a wide variety of options, from regional Hawaiian fare to Mexican food. The best part? Most stay parked in the same spots, so you’ll always know where to find them. Here are five to try.  

Kauai Food Truck 

For years, Jolene Grace worked on her father’s food truck, which was one of the first to appear on the island close to 30 years ago. But when she was given a truck of her own as a gift, she started up a business serving signature island comfort foods in historic Old Koloa Town. Known for her fish taco trio and garlic shrimp plate, Grace also serves up a deluxe Texas wild boar burger. Try it “Aloha style” with pineapple, teriyaki and cheese. (5371 Koloa Rd., Koloa)

Chef George of Da Jungle

George Levendis opened his quirky food truck, complete with a woven grass awning, about two years ago, after more than a decade working in New York kitchens. Try his two most popular dishes: the Greek Gyro Burger (free-range lamb patty, toasted poi bun, tzatziki sauce, feta cheese, cucumber and organic greens) and the OooONOoo Fish Burger (crispy tempura fried ono wahoo, toasted poi bun, local greens, nori, kimchee, shoyu jelly and wasabi aioli). Ono, by the way, means delicious in Hawaiian—and this truck doesn’t disappoint. (5443 Kuamo’o Rd., Kamokila Hawaiian Village, Wailua, Kapaa)

Al Pastor Tacos 

This is one of Kauai’s most talked-about taquerias, thanks to the talented duo behind it—Faun Lewis, who was born and raised in Kauai, and Paulino Hernandez, who hails from Oaxaca, Mexico. Their namesake dish, the Al Pastor tacos, are considered among the best on the island thanks to their roasted, marinated pork, house-made pico de gallo and perfect guacamole. (Kuhio Highway, across from the Kauai Products Fair, Kapaa)

Shave Ice Tege Tege

There are numerous Hawaiian shave ice stands on Kauai, but the options at Shave Ice Tege Tege are really special, thanks to the use of a traditional, hand-cranked Japanese ice machine called the Hatsuyuki (meaning “first snow”). The ices here don’t contain those ubiquitous fluorescent, multi-flavoured sugary sweet syrups; instead, they are mixed with organic local fruit, local cane juice and condensed milk, and then transformed into billowy and refreshing creations. (4, 1604 Kuhio Hwy., Kapaa, or 4480 Hookui Rd., Kilauea)

Anatta’s Authentic Thai Food 

After working for a competitor who she felt wasn’t making “real” Thai cuisine, Anatta Komers ventured out on her own, opening up this funky truck that now sits on the corner of the ACE Hardware parking lot in Lihue. She has since established a big local following, thanks to heavenly dishes that include curries spiked with chili, lemongrass and kaffir lime, as well as delicious spring rolls and pad thais. (4100 Rice St., Lihue)

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