Known for its diverse culture, Oahu’s local food scene is indeed vibrant. From the shrimp trucks on the bucolic north shore to lunch wagons in the urban areas, there is a wide assortment of foods exhibited by the tiny island.
Starting from the capital of Hawaii, Honolulu, there are several delightful places to dine at. There are plenty of places offering affordable and tasty Hawaiian food. At Ono Hawaiian Foods and Helena’s Hawaiian Food, one can tuck into traditional fare, such as poi (taro paste), laulau (leaf-wrapped meat or fish bundles), kalua pork, pipikaula-style spare ribs and lomi-lomi salmon. If you are looking to satisfy your late-night cravings for omelets, pancakes and waffles, try Eggs ‘n’ Things in Greater Honolulu. Besides eateries, there are cafés such as the Contemporary Café within the Contemporary Museum and Wailana Coffee House, where wonderful coffee, sandwiches, salads and soup can be savored.
Besides local delicacies, you can find plenty of Oahu restaurants serving international cuisine. While in the capital, check out at Brasserie du Vin for French food, Keo’s in Waikiki for Thai cuisine, Soul de Cuba Café for Cuban favorites, Matteo’s for Italian delicacies, as well as Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar for Japanese delights. Budget diners may choose to have their meals at the Makai Food Court, where a myriad of foods is served. Here you can find Korean barbeque fare, Japanese bentos and refreshing ice-cream.
If you are staying on the north shore, be sure to indulge in the signature chocolate truffles, Italian soda and fresh espresso at Chocolate Gecko. Mexican food can also be found in the area at Cholo’s Homestyle Mexican. If you are craving for pasta dishes or pizzas, look no further than Spaghettini.
Feeling thirsty? Regardless of where you are in Oahu, some of the must-try drinks include freshly-squeezed tropical fruit juices, such as pineapple, papaya, lychee, mango and coconut. In addition, savor the famous Kona coffee, which is simply rich and aromatic.