If you know me, you know I love food. I like to eat and then… eat some more.
So here’s a foodie itinerary, made by yours truly.
All you need is a car (or uber), an appetite, gum, and some cash.
GET READY because you’re going to be driving around the entire island while making pit stops at the best places to eat. Now let’s get started:
1ST STOP: ALICIA’S MARKET FOR POKE
Start at Alicia’s market for some of the best poke you’ll ever have. It’s also one of the most recommended spots in Oahu by locals. They’ve been around since 1949 and has been a neighborhood staple.
Walk through the market and head straight to the back for free samples. Along with poke, they also serve some of the best Chinese-style BBQ meats. Get the combo meal for the best of both worlds.
What to order: masago wasabi ahi poke & roasted pig
PS: There are no tables or seats at Alicas’s, so you have to take your food to-go.
267 Mokauea St
Honolulu, HI 96819
2ND STOP: BUBBIES- MOCHI ICE CREAM
For a light refreshing snack make your way to Bubbies.
While they have many flavors of ice cream, milkshakes, floats… what you REALLY want to try is their MOCHI! They’re little bite size ice creams wrapped in a sweetened rice dough.
Pro tip. For your instagram moment, take it outside and shoot it fast before it melts!
7192 Kalanianaole Hwy
Honolulu, HI 96825
3RD STOP: GIOVANNIS- SHRIMP TRUCK (A must visit!)
If you’ve asked anyone for recommendations, then chances are you’ve already heard of Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck in North Shore.
Some people say it’s overhyped, but I beg to differ. My trip to Oahu is never complete until I stuff my face with their Shrimp scampi- drenched in lemon butter and garlic!
PS: It’s cash only.
Pro Tip: bring an extra pack of gum after this meal. You can thank me later.
Address:66-472 Kamehameha Hwy
Haleiwa, HI 96712
4th STOP: HAWEILA BOWLS FOR ACAI
Haleiwa Bowls is a two-minute drive from Giovannis for some of the best acai on the island. It’s refreshing and exactly what you need after a mouthful of garlic and shrimp.
You can choose from the Hapa Bowl (smoothie-like texture) or the Mana Bowl (sorbet-like texture).
Each acai bowl comes with bananas, coconut flakes, granola, and honey. Extra Toppings are $0.75 each and they have many toppings, so choose wisely!
Address:66-030 Kamehameha Hwy
Haleiwa, HI 96712
LAST STOP: HELENA’S AUTHENTIC HAWAIIAN BBQ FOR DINNER
For an authentic Hawaiian experience, Helena’s Hawaiian Food is where ALL the locals go for lunch and dinner. The restaurant won a James Beard Award back in 2000 and is a beloved restaurant by everyone.
While the food isn’t photogenic, this was probably one of my favorite meals on this trip. The plates are small so you can try a good variety after ordering their set menu with a few extra items. I 100% recommend coming with a group of friends so you can share everything family style.
What to order: kalua pig and short ribs, poi and lau lau.
Address:1240 N School St
Honolulu, HI 96817
And that concludes our foodie adventure for the day! Shoutout to everyone who gave me their recommendations in the comment section of THIS POST!
If you guys want to see all other places we went to, check out my YouTube video for my Top 10!