I have been increasingly busy these days, so this week’s Food Fridays is being edited and uploaded late. Sorry, readers!
While the sales tax in Hawaii is cheap, food can be quite expensive. In fact, this is one of the things that I was often warned about before my trip. If you want to be fancy or go to luaus, be prepared to pay up. Otherwise, there are actually many reasonably cheap and delicious eats around the island. Remember: Yelp is your friend, and so is this blog post!
Cheap and delicious island fare
- Ono Seafood: Ono Seafood may look like a hole-in-the-wall, but it is actually incredibly popular and was previously on Yelp’s Top 100 in the US! If you’re a sashimi fan, you will absolutely love this poke place. A poke bowl (one type of poke over rice) costs $7, while a combo poke bowl (two types of poke over rice) costs $9.
- Marukame Udon: Marukame is a cafeteria-style udon restaurant located in the heart of Waikiki, and it is awesome. I visited twice during my one week stay! Order your style of udon and then move on to the self-serve tempura area. They also sell onigiri and spam musubi. Entrees average $5/bowl and tempuras average $1.50/piece!
- Magoo’s Burgers: This food truck is located in the Diamond Head parking lot. I highly recommend their smoothies, $4 for 16oz. I ordered the guava and it was so yummy–such a refreshing post-hike treat! Magoo’s also offers cheap burgers and snacks. I didn’t try any myself, but the Yelp reviews sure sounded good.
- Bubbies Homemade Ice Cream & Desserts: Bubbies is popular for their mochi ice cream. They have tons of flavors, including guava, sakura, and lychee. Each one costs $1.15.
Moderately priced… but totally worth it. And, hey, you’re on vacation!
- Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck: Giovanni’s shrimp scampi plate is #1 on my list of must-eats in Oahu. The $13 plate comes with big, juicy shrimp, topped with garlic and served over two scoops of rice. They also offer half plates for $6.50, but you’re definitely going to want a full 🙂
- Dat Cajun Guy: Get the New Orleans BBQ Shrimp Plate! The shrimp is breaded and deep fried, and comes with a delicious Cajun barbecue sauce and baguette slices. Pricing is the same as Giovanni’s–$13 for a full plate and $6.50 for half.
- Duke’s Waikiki: Go to Duke’s for the calamari ($13) and lava flow ($10), both of which were the best I’ve ever had.