The Food Trucks of Oahu’s North Shore

The best eats often come from tiny restaurants on 4 wheels.

I’ve always been a fan of food trucks, which is why I was so pumped when our AirBnB host told us that there were many to choose from right down the street from our surf shack in Haleiwa.

And as soon as we heard that news, we decided that one of the days during our three day stay on the north shore was going to be dedicated to trying cuisines from as many food trucks as our bellies would allow.

How many did we try that day? Three for lunch, one for a snack before dinner, then one for actual dinner. Not too bad!

If you’re going to Oahu, be sure to head to the north shore to dine on the streets and eat some delicious meals from these food trucks! There’s even a food truck park in a different area that is great for sunset dinner views across the street from Shark’s Cove.

The food trucks I’m mainly focusing on in this post are in downtown Haleiwa on Kamehameha Hwy.

First, here’s a picture of the beach that was right across the street from our AirBnB. Dreamy, right?

Okay, now for the food.

Island Fish & Chip

Yummy, fresh fish and fries served with tartar sauce and a lemon squeeze. This one was not crowded whatsoever, and I don’t know why – I couldn’t have been happier with it!

Japanese No. 7

Next we walked across the street to this fine establishment. Sushi, poke bowls, and more. The poke bowl was SO tasty! I loved every bite. We ordered the mini size so that we could keep ‘trucking’ along with our mini food tour. But I highly recommend ordering the regular size – it’ll be worth it!

The Garlic Shrimp Food Truck

Literally right next door to Japanese No 7 was the Garlic Shrimp Food Truck. Is this really what it was called? I honestly can’t remember. This is clearly not the famous Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck, which we did not try while we were there. Shocking, I know. But if you wanted shrimp quick, here’s your best bet! 

Here’s a quick break in the action of food trucks to show my boyfriend ordering an acai bowl from a super cute stand in the same area:

Okay, back to the food trucks! Our AirBnB host told us this next one was a MUST. Luckily, it was open late, so we could check it out for dinner one night after exploring.

Surf N Salsa

Ah, Mexican food. Kay was not wrong! These tacos were very good. We didn’t know to order ahead, so there was a bit of a wait. But, they had an awesome patio area stringed with lights to chill out on and they provided us with chips and salsa. You can’t go wrong here. This one is a bit further down the highway, but worth the journey. They do Taco Tuesdays – $1 tacos from 5-8pm. Go then!

The options are truly endless on the north shore when it comes to food trucks!

You’d think we’d be completely stuffed the next day and not want to look at food, but that’s where you are wrong.

We went straight to this adorable cafe and loaded up on some insane breakfast.

Cafe Haleiwa

Just as adorable as these food trucks, this cafe has some great options for early risers and is so friendly inside. We ate here before hiking, so don’t judge me for my order 🙂

If you’re craving food from a tiny restaurant on 4 wheels, Haleiwa is the place for you. Just make sure you take me with you, pretty please!


I'm Abby - a weekend getawayer, lover of beach volleyball, grilled cheese enthusiast and puppy dog admirer.


  1. f you vacation in Hawaii, you’ll probably stay near Waikiki. After spending one day in Waikiki, you’ll want to find a way out of there. North Shore is is the complete opposite of Waikiki.

  2. Nice post! Will you be visiting again to try out the food trucks? Would love for you to try is out. Spicy Indian Chick.

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