You're starving and you've got 15 minutes between meetings to get lunch and pound it. But the thought of a greasy McMeal makes you want to McHurl. Instead, hit the streets and check out one of Honolulu’s choice lunch wagons that deliver big variety and amazing quality (despite tiny digs) for itty-bity prices. They’re fast, so you can keep on truckin’.
Dine in a Dash
The Eats: No one will believe a box filled with prime rib, oysters on the half shell, or beef Wellington is from a truck. That’s because Simply Ono has elevated street food to an inexpensive art form. Weekly specials vary, but you can stop by today for the furikake-crusted swordfish or the homemade lasagna, and Wednesday for the French Dip made with leg of lamb.
The Streets: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., alongside the Frank Fasi Municipal building on Alapai Street (between King Street and Beretania Street)
The Deets: Weekly menu posted on their website, here.
You’ve Got Soul
The Eats: For healthy Southern food with some sass hit up the Soul Patrol: Mobile Pacific Soul Cuisine wagon. Run by Chef Sean Preister, formerly of Top of Waikiki, it serves up a mouthwatering array of down home dishes, like buttermilk fried chicken, vegetarian black-eyed pea chili, honey cilantro coleslaw, Kahuku corn bread, and Ma’o collared greens.
The Streets: On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m, (except this Thursday when it will be at the Kailua Farmers Market from 5 to 7:30 p.m.) on Kawaihao St. (between South Street and Cooke Street) and on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Blaisedell Farmers Market.
The Deets: For daily specials, call 808.542.8749, follow Soul Patrol on Twitter, or click here.
The Eats: Pick up a delectable Parisian treat, savory or sweet, at the Le Crepe Café wagon. The Tsunami Crepe, packed with cheese, oven-roasted turkey, and your choice of tomato, green onion, basil or spinach, will overwhelm your taste buds. Or, fall in love with the L’amour Crepe, a heavenly combo of nutella and diced bananas.
The Streets: This and every other Wednesday at the Blaisdell Farmers Market (corner of Ward Avenue and Beretania Street) and every Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Haleiwa Farmers Market.
The Deets: For more info, call 808.372.3989 or click here.
The Eats: Permanently parked, the North Shore’s Sharks Cove Grill lunch wagon serves up three squares from its prime location. Try their specialty: meaty grilled skewers, like the pine nut pesto shrimp or the smokey salt-rubbed tri-tip steak.
The Streets: Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 59-712 Kamehameha Highway, Pupukea
The Deets: Full menu and directions available here.
Jerk It Out
The Eats: Spice up your lunch routine with a delicious plate of West Indian cuisine from the Jawaiian Irie Jerk Lunch Wagon. Try Chef Cassie’s flavorful staples, like the jerk chicken or pork, roast fish, or veggie patties, or dig into something more adventurous, like the West Indian curry chicken or the Jamaican seafood chowder.
The Streets: Monday through Saturday, 12:30 to 7 p.m., on the corner of Kapiolani Boulevard and Kalakaua Avenue (across from the Hard Rock Café)
The Deets: For more info, call 808.388.2917 or click here.
Ice, Ice Baby
The Eats: Kon Tiki Shave Ice keeps it old school, peddling their frozen treats from a bright blue vintage mail truck complete with retro ice cream truck tunes. Menu wise, they’re serving up a new take on shave ice, pairing the traditional syrup flavors with yummy fresh fruit toppings, like mango, pineapple, orange, bananas, and strawberries. Plus, they’ve got every ice cream snack imaginable, from drumsticks and giant cookie sandwiches to lemonade cups and fudgesicles.
The Streets: Throughout Aiea and Pearl City
The Deets: For daily routes, call 805.669.8165 or click here.