Food truck frenzy
Henry "Hank" Adaniya, left, of Hank's Haute Dogs stopped by Melt, a new food truck focusing on grilled cheese sandwiches, during its soft opening last month. Also pictured are Melt co-owners Alejandro "Aker" Briceno, second from left, and Martha Cheng, in truck; not pictured is co-owner Lindsey Ozawa.
TEXT AND PHOTOS BY JASON GENEGABUS / firstname.lastname@example.org
With so many new additions to Honolulu's mobile culinary landscape, it's fair to call 2010 the Year of the Food Truck.
That's not to say we're in the midst of a "Food Truck Revolution," or that the rookies in town are really doing anything different other than elevating the ingredients involved and/or offering different cuisine than what's been available.
And let's not forget about the good old-fashioned manapua truck, which can still be found in many neighborhoods on the island. Another option is the ice cream truck, like the one pictured at right (find it on the North Shore). Head out to the leeward side, and you'll be able to find trucks like these in neighborhoods from Waianae and Ewa Beach out to Maili and Makaha.
Still, with the options now available for both foodies and those looking for a cheap, quality meal, along with the explosion of taco trucks in recent months, you could spend days eating all of your meals outdoors at all the different spots open on Oahu.
And that's exactly what this columnist tried to do over the last few weeks. The interesting thing about food trucks? The more you pay attention, the more you'll find in operation.
Lunch wagons are ubiquitous in many parts of urban Honolulu during the midday hours, while on the weekends it's easy to find one near the beach parks and other recreation areas frequented by local folks. For every five you know exist, there are another five or even 10 trucks you've never seen before.
Even some of Oahu's most popular bricks-and-mortar eateries are getting into the food truck game. While some, like Haili's Hawaian Foods and Magoo's, went the mobile route when their restaurant operations failed, others are looking to make the jump in reverse.
Cholo's, located in the North Shore Marketplace, is one of those restaurants. They've spent the last few months buying and shipping a heavy duty food truck to Oahu, and are almost done getting all the necessary permits to operate. Look for their new truck, pictured at right, on the North Shore during the upcoming Vans Triple Crown of Surf.
Click here to take a virtual tour of 20 different food trucks, including a few that have yet to start serving customers. It's not a comprehensive list, so don't be surprised if your favorite lunch wagon isn't included. Our goal was to list a variety of food choices, including a few "old school" favorites and some of the newest players in the game.
Want more food truck picks? Wondering what happened to a mention of the iconic shrimp trucks on the windward side?
Check back with The Pulse in a few days for a post focusing on the food truck options available on the North Shore of Oahu as part of an upcoming feature on the neighborhood.