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DINING IN KAKAAKO
November|December 2013 Island Homes Collection
By Lisa Scontras | Photos by Camera Cliq
No doubt about it. Eclectic dining is part of Kakaako’s DNA. Whether you’re in the mood for noodles, Mexican food or something to satisfy your sweet tooth, Kakaako is the right place to find just what you are craving.
Plenty of great restaurants — both old favorites and trendy new ones — are part of Kakaako’s appeal, but none are quite so happening as Eat the Street.
Eat the Street is a food fest, Ho‘olaule‘a style, which takes place every month in Kakaako in a parking lot between South and Keawe streets (on the corner of South and Pohukaina streets). The event was founded by Poni Askew, CEO of StreetGrindz, and launched in 2011 as a way to connect food truck vendors in a single venue.
The popularity of food trucks has exploded to craze proportions in Kakaako, perhaps making the neighborhood the lunch wagon capitol of Oahu. More and more food trucks are popping up, serving up what started as the standard, two-scoops of rice, macaroni salad and teri chicken, plate-lunch style, but has now evolved into meals that are on leaning more to the gourmet side. One truck has retrofitted a wood-fire brick oven for made-to-order pizza.
“Eat the Street is a really fun way to taste a wide variety of creative cuisines all in one place,” says Kai McDurmin, Realtor at Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties and Kakaako resident. “It’s sort of a walking international tasting dinner where you can have everything from ahi tuna sliders to a pineapple/basil popsicle for dessert.”
So, what can you find at Eat the Street? A little bit of everything.
There is something sinfully wonderful about eating food that is made just seconds before you take your first bite. Devouring a malasada straight from the 350-degree hot oil it was fried in. Ditto for a super soft homemade Mexican tortilla.
If you’re looking for the traditional plate lunch, this is also the place — old favorites like lau lau, teri chicken, kalua pork, barbecued spare ribs and garlic shrimp are plentiful. And for the adventurous, try something new like sushi sliders, followed by the original malasada burger, or southern smothered pork sirloin — there are plenty of novelty eats and more gourmet options as well.
Always order the same thing at restaurants? Boring. Eat the Street is a celebration of food, specializing in all things local, where you can wander from booth to booth, sampling the latest creations of local chefs — including specialties from celebrity chefs like Alan Wong.
The venue is both social and festive. The street carnival atmosphere includes music, and the venue draws regular Kakaako residents, as well as students, families and retirees. The selection of food temptations, often grilled fresh or cooked up in woks while you wait, is so vast, there is something for healthy eaters, vegans, nibblers who are looking for the a la carte samples, and those looking for the full-on meals.
Past events have offered Waffle Dogs, Shanghai Lumpia, Soul Patrol, and Baja Style Mexican food.
Desserts are abundant. Pick from a rainbow of Gelato flavors, or try an original local treat —OnoPops, which start with a core of vanilla ice cream on the inside and are then hand-dipped into flavors including strawberry lemonade, mango, watermelon hibiscus, dragon fruit, strawberry beet lavender, apple banana, pineapple vanilla, lilikoi cheesecake, and butter mochi. The long line at this booth is a testament to OnoPops’ popularity and onoliciousness.
Baja Style Mexican Food, famous for their delicious pork carnitas nachos and crispy quesadillas and for the Enchiladas Rosa con Huitlacoche, which is fresh local corn truffles and melted cheese topped with a special salsa, frequents Eat the Street events.
Soul Patrol food truck offers the same delicious recipes from the restaurant formerly on Waialae, including shrimp and grits and delicious fried chicken.
“Another fun event is Discover Kakaako,” adds McDurmin. “This monthly event feels like a mini block party with creative food, great local musicians, and fashion events.
“There is a real convergence in Honolulu toward living in a more urban lifestyle. With that comes creative ideas to use urban spaces in a fun, casual way. What I love most about it, is that you see everyone from visitors, keiki, 20-somethings ready for a night out, and older folks all at the same event.”
Much Aloha to Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties and Island Homes Collection, Who bring wonderful neighborhoods and some of our favorite dining options.