Honolulu: Food Trucks Converge for Round Two of ‘Eat The Street’ (Video)

By 3DHawaii.com

Honolulu may be isolated — equator-adjacent and Pacific-surrounded as we are — but we’re as in the thick of the food-truck craze as any other metropolis.

A few weeks ago, Eat The Street debuted at a parking lot on Kapiolani Blvd. — a convergence of these food trucks in one place at one time. You could jump from truck to truck and sample from cuisines ranging from Korean to gourmet grilled cheese to Hawaiian laulau to soul food.

A few of us from the office planned to be there, but it was the night of Hawaii Business Magazine’s Small Business Awards gala (we won!), so we planned to hit it up afterward. However, a quick text to friends at the soiree revealed the trucks were running out of goods — fast. Apparently, more than 1,000 swarmed the area and most of the food was kaput after an hour or so. We missed it.

But obviously the demand for a food-truck rally had been established. So here comes Eat The Street 2.0, on a larger lot (courtesy of landowner Kamehameha Schools) and with the backing of local entertainment and events site Nonstop Honolulu. It’s coming Friday, Feb. 25 from 5-9 p.m. It’s a fast cab ride from Waikiki, so if you’re visiting you won’t want to miss it.

Nineteen trucks are on board and two DJs will spin throughout to keep your digestive juices flowing. Sample morsels from Melt Honolulu, Gogi Korean Tacos, Soul Patrol, Xtreme Tacos, Stacy’s LauLau and Grindz, Malia’s Pasteles and Poke, T.A.S.T.E., Let Them Eat Cupcakes, Dixie Grill, Elena’s Home of Finest Filipino Foods, Chimney Cakes, Camilles on Wheels, Jawaiian Irie Jerk, Lickety Split, The Cafe Truck, Kakaako Kool (shave ice), Fairy Cakes and Aloha Ice Cream Tricycles.

Many of these vendors have the best food on island. You will definitely want to leave room for Let Them Eat Cupcakes. Full disclosure: founders Kawehi and Nick are good friends of mine, but I’ve had their cupcakes fully vetted by the 3DHawaii staff and they’ll back me up on the following statement — their cupcakes are the best you’ll ever have. Super moist cake, not overly sweet buttercream frosting whipped into the creamiest texture ever laid upon your tongue. (That’s their red velvet cream cheese with vanilla buttercream at left.) They sold out in about 45 minutes last time, but I think they’ll be bringing quite a few more cupcakes this time around.

Eat The Street: 555 South Street (catty corner to Restaurant Row in Kakaako). Friday, Feb. 25, 5-9 p.m. Below: Scenes from the first Eat The Street event.