Foodie Field Trip: 3 Food Trailers to Check Out in Kahuku This Summer
Load up on corn dogs, chicken sandwiches and Korean shave ice at this one-stop smorgasbord of food trailers on O‘ahu’s North Shore.
We’re getting out of town to check out what’s hot and happening around O‘ahu this summer. The first episode of our new Foodie Field Trip series takes us along Kamehameha Highway from Kailua to Kahuku, with ‘onolicious stops along the way.
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Eighty Chicken Sandwiches
In a stealthy gray trailer behind Giovanni’s iconic shrimp truck, Adam Wade makes one thing and one thing only: Southern-style fried chicken sandwiches ($17). Eighty of them, in fact. He also makes triple-fried hand-cut fries and ranch and blue cheese dressings, too, but technically they’re the sideshows. The enormous sandwiches can be had plain, spicy or half-dipped (we recommend half-dipped to enjoy the best of both). A new dad, Wade is open only on the weekends and often sells out fast, so, we recommend arriving early with an empty stomach.
Open Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to sellout, 56-505 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, @eightychickensandwiches
The Corn Dog Co.
The Corn Dog Co., located at the traffic light in Kahuku, is the after school snack we all wish we’d had. Their signature is the sweet Honey Dog combo with fresh kettle chips. Dog options include the Epic, a foot-long corn dog ($8); the Red, a Redondo’s Hawaiian Winners corn dog ($4); fried cheese bombs ($4) and candy bars ($5)—all on sticks. Order any item Korean-style ($1 extra) to make it extra crispy with panko and sweet with a dusting of sugar (optional). We love a good corn dog and these, with their perfectly crisp batter and simple toppings, do not disappoint.
Open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 56-481 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, (808) 282-3672, @thecorndogco.hi
I stumbled upon Badabingsu while researching our field trip itinerary and for its name alone, could not pass up on going. Power through multiple lunches to reward yourselves with the Mango Bingsu ($9), with generously layered cubes of juicy mango in powdery soft milk snow. It’s simple, perfectly sweet and far better than the artificially flavored shave ice common up here. Other flavors include Cookie Butter, pineapple and Melona and look just as divine.
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 12 to 7 p.m., 56-565 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, @badabingsuhawaii
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