If you’re wondering where to eat in Kauai, the latest craze is a variety of food trucks in Hanalei Town. As you head from Honu Point toward the end of the road at Kee’ Beach, you’ll drop down to sea level and cross the historic one lane bridge over the Hanalei River. Following the river you’ll come to the beginning of Hanalei Town. Just past the Dolphin Restaurant you’ll see your first two food trucks. The first one is Hanalei Taro & Juice Co. where the Rice Mill Tour meets (see earlier blog post). The menu is heavy on all things made with taro, but also includes local food like a Kalua Pig Plate for $11.00 and deli sandwiches.
Just next to this truck in the shade of the trees is the Wishing Well Shave Ice truck. Here you can cool off with a flavorful shave ice, so popular in the islands.
Continue down the highway just a bit and right next to the Hanalei Liquor Store, on your right, is a small parking lot with five unique food trucks from which to choose. Banandi offers sweet and savory crepes. They also have a restaurant in the Ching Young Shopping Center further down the road. Trucking Delicious (love that name) is a turquoise truck serving local style plate lunches.
Next is Fresh Bite. Their menu includes fresh salads, wraps and sandwiches from $10 to $12. Their Kauaian Salad is made up of local kale, seasonal roasted vegetables and macadamia nuts with a honey mustard dressing. Add a tropical fruit salad and top it off with an organic ice tea and you’re good to go.
The fourth truck in this food court is Cafe Turmeric which claims to have the “True Taste of India.” From Humble Dal to Coconut Shrimp Curry, their prices range from $7.00 to $16.00.
Last, but not least, for those who would like a traditional burger kind of lunch, there’s Kauai Burger. Using local grassfed Kauai beef, a short menu of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, teri-burgers, and vegan patties are offered for your choosing. Don’t forget the homemade sauces!
With five different varieties of food it might be hard to choose, but fortunately not everyone has to order from the same truck. Each may choose what they prefer and then come together at the covered picnic benches provided. Better yet, drive to Hanalei Bay and eat your grinds under a palm tree or at the end of the pier.
Further on down the highway you’ll come to the latest food truck which has all the locals talking. You must look closely because it’s easy to miss. Drive to the Ching Young Center, located in the heart of Hanalei Town, and look to the left of Big Save. Kealia Poke is tucked right up next to the grocery store. Choose between Poke Salads or Poke Bowls. Each entree is made with fresh, local fish with lots of different sauces and toppings from which to choose. The prices range from $12 to $18. Onolicious!
Last, but not least, is Aloha Juice Bar, located between Big Save and the Post Office. Not only do they have juices, smoothies, Acai Bowls and chocolate dipped bananas, they also have lots of fresh local fruit for you to grab and take with you for later in the day.
So, if you’re looking for an alternative to a sit-down meal, give one of these Hanalei food trucks a try. You’re likely to get some yummy food without the wait, and they are just an eight minute drive away from Honu Point.
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