This post talks about some of my favorite spots I ate at while exploring Hawaii. Some of these came as recommendations, while others we stumbled upon. I hope you enjoy it!
Giovanni’s Shrimp truck: The black and white truck in the middle of the North Shore, Giovanni’s is the place to go and eat the best shrimp with garlic and sticky rice. It’s a very popular place especially those driving around the island that need to make a pit stop. This place is a must!
Address: 66-472 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712
Duke’s Waikiki: The most famous bar/restaurant in Waikiki beach, Duke’s serves classic dishes such as surf & turf, as well as an assortment of delicious Hawaiian drinks such as Mai Tai and my favorite drink in the world: Lava Flow. You HAVE to try it. It’s an amazing mix of pineapple, strawberry and coconut rum, and it’s just the BEST. I had so many of those at different places, and they were all AMAZING!
Address: 2335 Kalakaua Ave #116, Honolulu, HI 96815
808 Grindz Cafe: This little breakfast café was very close to our hotel, and serves all the local food, including the classic “Loco Moco”, which is white rice, topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg, and brown gravy. It tastes better than it sounds! They also have many dishes with Spam (canned ham) but too much for my stomach to handle lol. In fact, spam is used in many Hawaiian dishes including sushi. The relationship dates back to World War II, as it was an easy meal for the army to serve soldiers since it was cheap and non-perishable.
Address: 843 Waine'e St, Lahaina, HI 96761
Monkeypod Kitchen: This place was recommended to us from a friend and it couldn’t have been any better. They offer a variety of appetizers, wood fired pizzas, burgers, seafood and steaks. We had butternut squash raviolis for appetizer, which was to die for. For the main dish, I had mahi mahi (very common in Hawaii) and my husband had the burger, which was all so delicious. To finish this great meal, we had a huge slice of banana cake.
Address: L/1, 2435 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI 96761
Aloha Mixed Plate: Another local restaurant in an outside open area, next door to Old Lahaina Luau, this place serves all the classic Hawaiian dishes. The ambiance is very Hawaiian, plus you can hear all the music from the Luau spot next door. The Lava Flow from this place is one of the best I had in Hawaii (I had 4 of those that night lol).
Address: 1285 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761
Tahiti Nui Restaurant: This place is an authentic Hawaiin restaurant in Hanlei, with live music nightly serving up the original Hawaiian pizza. A favorite local hang-out, Tahiti was featured in the movie “The Decadents” with George Clooney.
Address: 5-5134 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714
St Regis rooftop: The best way to start the night, drinking and watching the sunset in the luxurious St. Regis in Princeville. The bar and restaurant are open to everyone, you do not need to be a guest. We didn’t eat there, but the drinks and views were awesome.
More info: www.marriott.com
Bar Acuda: In our last night in Hawaii we decided to go to this tapas bar that had a very nice and modern ambience. It’s a very popular spot that I would recommend, although not a typical “hawaiian” spot.
Address: 5-5161 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714
Since I went to Hawaii almost 2 years ago, and I didn’t have my blog those days, I didn’t write a lot of notes or take too many pictures at these spots. Hopefully I’ll be back in Hawaii soon so I can update this list with a lot more cool places to eat. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram (@eat_travel_andlove) and share this post with your friends.