Who’s coming: Eat the Street ‘Eat Local’

Eat the Street returns to Kaka’ako Friday, with a timely “Eat Local” theme to coincide with Kanu Hawaii’s Eat Local Challenge, which inspires islanders to eat local for a month.

All 39 food trucks and vendors have been asked to prepare at least one dish that includes a locally grown or raised ingredient. Fresh produce from Otsuji Farm was offered to all ETS vendors. Judging from the menu, it seems many vendors have enthusiastically embraced the theme, with plans for creative, fresh eats that tap into Hawaii’s rich supply of fruits, vegetables and meats.

Four trucks or vendors are making their ETS debut — Lava Wok, with its wontons and homemade soymilk in a bag; The Curb, a mobile coffee truck; Ono Steak, which serves steak and shrimp plates; and Otsuji Farm, which will be dishing up Hawaiian Nachos and sushi slider tempura.

When: Friday, Sept. 30 from 4-9 p.m.
Where: 555 South St. in Kaka’ako (at Halekauwila, kitty-corner from Restaurant Row)
Admission: Free
Parking: On-site and street parking
Organizer: StreetGrindz.com, partnering with Kamehameha Schools, Kamehameha Schools Malama Card and Nonstop Honolulu

Here’s the lineup:

Achilles Grill

Contact: 808-387-0554; Achilles Grill on Facebook

On the menu: Panang curry; lemongrass beef sticks; Pad Thai; papaya salad; spring rolls; Thai tacos

Eat Local dish: Stir-fried eggplant with chicken, garlic and Thai sweet basil (eggplant and basil are locally grown)


All Kine Ice Cream Truck

Contact: 808-635-9987; @allkine (Twitter); All Kine Ice Cream Truck on Facebook

On the menu: Sweet Bread Stack (waffled and toasted sweet bread ice cream sandwich with + one topping); Waffle Napoleon (waffle, ice cream, toasted mac nuts and sauce); Marshmallow Devil (brownie, torched marshmallows, ice cream, whipped cream, sauce and toasted mac nuts); Bananas Foster Sandwich (almond croissant bananas foster ice cream sandwich)

Eat Local dish:Sweet bread papaya-banana bread pudding a la mode


Aloha Ice Cream Tricycle

Contact: 808-286-4699; @AlohaTricycle (Twitter); alohatricycle.com

On the menu: Homemade Aloha Pops (chocolate peanut butter, strawberry lemon drop, pineapple li-hing)

Eat Local dish: Watermelon basil Aloha Pops made from locally grown watermelon and basil


Baja Style Mexican Food

Contact: 808-291-2096; @bajastylehi (Twitter)

Eat Local dishes: Kuahiwi Ranch beef tamales with Sugarland Farms salsa fresca; Shinsato Farms chicharones burrito; Shinsato Farms Pork & Cheese Enchiladas; Waimanalo Farms Huitlacoche corn truffle quesadilla with Pit Farms guacamole and Sugarland Farms salsa fresca


Beyond Burgers

Contact: beyondburgers@gmail.com; Beyond Burgers Honolulu on Facebook

On the menu: Bacon-Bleu Burger; The Bacon Redondo: Bacon-wrapped hot dog; strawberry lemonade; watermelon lemonade

Eat Local dish: All burgers made from grass-fed Kulana Beef



Contact: 808-591-7711; Bobalicious Boba Drinks on Facebook

On the menu: Li hing pineapple and honeydew bubble drinks. All drinks will have the multi-flavored popping boba (lychee, strawberry and mango)

Eat Local dish: Strawberry-banana and Blue Hawaii smoothie (with local bananas from Sugar Land Farms)


Chicago Eatz

Contact: 808-482-0493; @ChicagoEatz (Twitter); Chicago Eatz on Facebook

On the menu: Vienna Italian beef sandwich; Kronos gyros; Cubbies Size Chicago Eatz Sampler: Gyro, Italian beef sandwich and hot dog

Eat Local dish: Cubbies-size Kalua Pork Poi Boys with Kava Drink (with Hanalei Poi)


Elena’s Home of Finest Filipino Foods

Contact: Elena’s Restaurant in Waipahu 808-676-8005; www.ElenasRestaurant.com; @ElenasFilipino (Twitter), www.facebook.com/ElenasRestaurant

What’s on the menu: Pork adobo fried rice omelet; pork/chicken adobo; lechon special

Eat Local dish: Sari-Sari (signature Elena’s dish with locally produced vegetables cooked with crispy lechon and bay shrimp)



Contact: www.fairycakeshawaii.com; @fairycakes808 (Twitter)

On the menu: Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake; 3 Bar Sampler Pack; Pumpkin Whoopie Pie

Eat Local dish: Deep-fried coconut Mochi from Waimanalo


Grandma G’s Kitchen

Contact: 808-542-2042; has booth at various farmer’s markets around Oahu

On the menu: “Supah Garlicky Shrimp”; boneless kalbi; mochiko chicken

Eat Local dishes: Kanu Plate: Kalua Pork with Otsuji Farms bok choy and choy sum


Hawaiian Waffledog Company

Contact: hawaiianwaffledogcompany.com

Eat Local dish: Ka Lei eggs in waffledogs batter and ginger in teriyaki sauce from Hilo’s Ginger Ridge Farms


Hula Shrimp Co.

Contact: Hulashrimp@yahoo.com

Eat Local dishes: Pulehu steak; guava chicken


Inferno’s Wood Fire Pizza

Contact: 808-375-1200; infernospizzahawaii.com; @infernopizzahi (Twitter)

On the menu: Scrambled eggs and Spam breakfast pizza

Eat Local dish: Guava-smoked BBQ pork pizza (Shinsato Farms pork, baby portabella mushrooms, Maui onions, green onions, local-made BBQ sauce)


Jawaiian Irie Jerk

Contact: 808-388-2916

On the menu:Jerk chicken; jerk pork; fish escovitch

Eat Local dish: Ital Stew with local ingredients, including sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, onions and peppers, which are simmered in Hawaiian coconut milk and spices


Jus’ Right Kettle Corn Popcorn

Contact: 808-351-8024; @Jusrightpopcorn (Twitter)

On the menu: Li-hing-infused kettle corn; multi-colored kettle corn

Eat Local dish: TBD


Koi Catering & Takeout

Contact: 808-845-4564; 2028 Dillingham Blvd. (formerly Pu’uwainani’s Plate Lunches)

Eat Local dish: Grilled mahimahi with pesto linguini (made with locally grown Thai basil from Khamphout Farms)


Lava Wok (new to Eat the Street)

Contact: Lava Wok on Facebook

On the menu: Homemade soy milk (in a bag); Lava fried rice; Lava fried noodles; Volcano wontons (dessert)

Eat Local dish: Poi wontons


Le Crepe Cafe

Contact: 808-988-8400; www.lecrepecafe.com; @lecrepecafe (Twitter); Le Crepe Cafe Hawaii on Facebook

On the menu: Crepes filled with fresh strawberries, bananas, chocolate, whipped cream, brown sugar, cinnamon, cheese, turkey, spinach, basil, green onions, tomatoes and eggs

Eat Local dish: Waialua Estate chocolate crepe with raspberries


Lickety Split

Contact: 808-227-6499; Lickety Split Oahu on Facebook

On the menu: Vanilla soft-serve sundaes in cones

Eat Local dish: Waialua Apple-Banana Royale (vanilla soft serve, hot fudge, apple bananas, whipped cream and nuts)


Liquid Pleasure

Contact: 808-780-9288 or email streetgrindz@gmail.com

On the menu: Smoothies; espresso

Eat Local dish: TBD


Local STOP

Contact: @localstop (Twitter); Local Stop on Facebook

On the menu: King Kamehameha Malasada Burger; Try Wait Malasada Burger; Local Stop Malasada Burger; lilikoi oatmeal and strawberry cheesecake cups; Aunty Elaine’s mango bread

Eat Local dishes: Panedesia on Aloun Farms mixed salad; loco moco malasada burgers with sweet Maui onions and Ka Lei eggs; mango baby back ribs


Madre Chocolate

Contact: 808-377-6440; madrechocolate.com

On the menu: Lilikoi, coconut milk and ginger chocolate; Hawaiian single-farm dark chocolate

Eat Local dish: Chocolate-dipped, frozen apple bananas (apple bananas from the Big Island, cacao grown on Hamakua Coast); pink peppercorn & kiawe-smoked sea salt dark chocolate; lilikoi dark chocolate (lilikoi from Tin Roof Farms on North Shore)


Na ‘Ono

Contact: 808-690-2705; Na Ono on Facebook

Eat Local dish: Fresh-roasted Kahuku corn; Asian-style braised beef on Kahuku corn mash; fresh steamed artichokes with herb aioli


Ono Steak & Shrimp Wagon (new to Eat the Street)

Contact: 808-688-4117; Ono Steaks on Facebook

On the menu: Steak & garlic shrimp combo plate; fresh furikake ahi with wasabi aioli; fresh fish tacos with papaya-mango salsa; Waimanalo Sweet Corn-on-the-Cob

Eat Local dish: Fresh ono with papaya-mango salsa (made from locally grown papaya, cilantro and Japanese cucumber)



Contact: 808-354-2949; www.onopops.com; @OnoPops (Twitter); OnoPops on Facebook

On the menu: Various flavors of Onopops

Eat Local dish: Waialua Estate mocha pop (chocolate and coffee from Waialua Estate)


Otsuji Farm (new to Eat the Street)

Contact: 808-368.1135; otsujifarm.com

Eat Local dishes: Hawaiian Nachos (with Otsuji Farm taro, ahi, fresh-grated coconut milk, yuzu, Otsuji Farm green onion, chili pepper, Hawaiian salt); sushi slider tempura (fried Otsuji Farm kale with spicy tuna, topped with eel sauce and green onion)


Paul’s Poppers

Contact: 808-351-7583; Paul’s Poppers on Facebook; paulspoppers.com

On the menu: House popper flavors such as spinach & artichoke, pepperoni pizza, pork jalapeno and cheddar cheese

Eat Local dish: Caprese popper (with herbs from Harvest Farm in Waianae)


Puffettes Egg Puff

Contact: eggpuff@rocketmail.com; Puffettes Egg Puff on Facebook

On the menu: Custard egg puffs; banana egg puffs

Eat Local dish: Egg puffs made with Ka Lei large brown eggs


Ronnie’s Express

Contact: 808-384-2295

Eat Local dishes: Huli huli chicken sliders with Nalo micro greens; crab cake sliders with Nalo micro greens; Paniolo-pulled pork sliders with island cole slaw


Shogunai Tacos

Contact: shogunaitacos.com; @Shogunai_Tacos (Twitter); Shogunai Tacos on Facebook

Eat Local dishes: Osaka Jo; Zeus’ Glory; South of the Border tacos. (All three include locally grown cabbage; Zeus’ Glory and South of the Border use Sugarland tomatoes.)


Simply Ono

Contact: 808-728-0441

On the menu: Chocolate-covered bacon; smoked meat with onions; kalua pig with lomi salmon; fresh poke bowl; baked mac & cheese with artichokes, mushrooms and pancetta; warm bread pudding with creamy vanilla sauce; fresh poi (Taro brand)

Eat Local dish: Candied Okinawan sweet potato from Rafa Farm


Soul Patrol

Contact: 808-735-7685; pacificsoulhawaii.com; @pacificsoul (Twitter); Soul Patrol on Facebook

On the menu: Jamabalaya; catfish with togarashi tartar

Eat Local dish: Pacific Soul sampler: Kuahiwi Ranch beef brisket and Small Kine Farm (in Waimanalo) mushroom and cheesy grits; Naked Cow Dairy buttermilk fried chicken; Kahuku cornbread with Hawaiian honey butter; and Mohala Farms Waialua collard greens


Tats Shaved Ice

Contact: 808-221-7525; @TatsShavedIce (Twitter); whereistats@gmail.com

On the menu: Tropical Rainbow (with pineapple, lime and coconut flavors)

Eat Local dish: Locally grown natural lilikoi syrup


The Curb (new to Eat the Street)

Contact: The Curb on Facebook

On the menu: Lychee Bomb; guava tea lemonade

Eat Local dish: Iced Coffee — A 12-hour cold-brewed coffee, locally roasted by Mt. Kaala Coffee on the North Shore; Latte Nectar — an iced latte sweetened with 100 percent Hawaiian Hula Girl honey


Tiki Truck

Contact: @tikitruck (Twitter); Tiki Truck on Facebook

Eat Local dishes: Tacos (soft corn tortilla with choice of fillings (Pulehu steak, grilled pork or chicken adobo), crack sauce, pickled Wahiawa-grown papayas, red onions and cilantro); Twisted Gyros (toasted pita, choice of filling, crack sauce, Waimanalo greens, Japanese cucumbers, Hamakua, tomatoes, red onions and cilantro); Banh Gyro (Banh Mi but with a pita, choice of filling, crack sauce, pickled Wahiawa-grown daikon, carrots, Japanese cucumbers, plum sauce and cilantro); Kona Brew Braised Bratwurst (topped with pickled Wahiawa-grown papayas, crack sauce, Hamakua tomatoes, onions and cilantro)


Ultimate Burger

Contact: 808-329-2326; ultimateburger.net; @ultimateburger (Twitter); Ultimate Burger on Facebook

On the menu: House-made lemonade

Eat Local dish: Fresh-cut fries seasoned with organic thyme, parsley and kosher salt, with housemade aioli (seasonings from Ma’o Farms and Nalo Farms)



Contact: 808-454-7954

On the menu: Dinosaur Bone

Eat Local dishes: Crab-encrusted ahi plate with Nalo micro greens and rice; Kahuku shrimp plate with Hawaiian garlic sauce


Xtreme Tacos

Contact: 808-954-5477; www.xtremetacos.com; @xtremetacos (Twitter); Xtremetacos on Facebook

On the menu: Pastele burrito; Baja fish taco

Eat Local dish: Grilled corn quesadillas with Kahuku corn and Hamakua tomatoes


Zsoli’s Chimney Cake Hawaii

Contact: 808-631-8070 (Neighbor Island); www.chimneycakehawaii.com; @chimneycakes (Twitter)

What’s on the menu: Cinnamon, pecan, chocolate and rainbow-sprinkled chimney cakes

Eat Local dish: Chimney cakes made with Maui cane sugar


See our past Eat the Street coverage:

Eat the Street Mililani
Eat the Street Spicy
Eat the Street Garlic
Eat the Street Pig Out!
Eat the Street May
Eat the Street April
Eat the Street Japan
Eat the Street Kaka’ako
Eat the Street debut