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Matsumoto’s Shave Ice
66-087 Kamehameha Hwy | Haleiwa | 637-4827
The food capital of the North Shore very well may be Matsumoto’s Shave Ice. This landmark, M. Matsumoto Grocery Store was established in 1951 and has been serving their famous shave ice with homemade syrup almost since the beginning. It’s not hard to find, just look for the line out the door.
According to the store’s website, on a warm sunny day, the store dishes up 1,000 shave ices. It’s impressive that half the customers are tourists, many coming from around the world to visit the store. But even more impressive is half the customers are locals — and no one knows shave ice better than Oahu’s locals.
“This is the most popular place in Haleiwa to get shave ice and the line reflects this,” says Carl Higgins, who is a Realtor at Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties and a North Shore resident. “I recommend getting the vanilla ice cream in the bottom of your shave ice.”
In addition to shave ice, customers can buy t-shirts and a variety of other souvenirs.
Flavors include strawberry, pineapple, coconut, banana, vanilla, bubblegum, watermelon, mango, cotton candy, lychee, guava, green tea, creamsicle, or combinations such as Rainbow. You can order your shave ices with ice cream or Azuki beans, if you like. They are all delicious and the perfect treat on a sunny day.
Jameson’s By The Sea
62-540 Kamehameha Hwy | Haleiwa | 637-6272
Romantic and rustic, charming and cool, intimate yet invigorating, Jameson’s By the Sea, open for lunch and dinner, is the kind of place where you can be comfortable all day. Ask for outdoor lanai seating where you’ll be able to watch the ocean and sunset — it’s fun place to wind down with your fav adult beverage. Or try something new, like the Happy-Tini martini — using Valencia oranges from Florida and Brazil and Mandarin oranges from Italy — guaranteed to put a happy smile on your face.
Don’t skip the appetizer. Jameson’s crab stuffed mushrooms are to die for. Shrimp lovers love the monster-sized shrimp in the shrimp cocktail, both pupu pair nicely with the Chalone Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Monterey, California for $8.50.
The main course selections include more seafood favorites. Top of our list? Try the seafood stir-fry with black bean sauce, or the seafood combo with shrimp, scallops and fresh fish. Seafood not your thing? Entrée choices include steak options, salads, as well as vegetarian choices. The lunch menu includes a selection of sandwiches and salads, as well as several hot meals, with chicken, fish or steaks.
Sunset dining at Jameson’s is unrivaled. The food is excellent, is affordably priced and the views, priceless.
66-011 Kamehameha Hwy | Haleiwa | 637-8005
Sporting great views of Haleiwa harbor and Waialua Bay from the lanai, Haleiwa Joe’s is where big name surfers go to celebrate after big wins on big North Shore surf.
So it’s no surprise that Joe’s interior has a definite surfing theme (check out the board room). But rest assured, the food there is ono to the max.
“I have heard it has the best prime rib on the island, since it almost always sells out,” says Higgins. “But I can tell you the fresh fish that they bring in from the Haleiwa fishermen is delicious!” Higgins says they have a great bar too —always friendly.
And not kidding about the Board Room, it’s a fun part of the restaurant to dine. “Get there early for dinner, or expect a wait,” says Higgins. “It’s that good.”
66-200 Kamehameha Hwy | Haleiwa | 341-2838
Looking to take sandwiches to the beach for a picnic lunch? Hands down the very best sandwiches (and baked goods) on Oahu, Waialua Bakery builds their sandwiches with home baked bread and fresh ingredients including veggies grown from local farmers — ask for the turkey and cranberry sandwich — as well as fresh fruit smoothies from locally grown fruit.
“It does not get better than this for a lunch place,” Higgins says. “It is a well visited spot from locals and tourists. Super friendly crew.”
Menu favorites include a bakery club with roasted turkey, bacon, avocado, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions and sprouts for $8, or the roasted veggie sandwich with roasted onion, eggplant, bell pepper, carrot, zucchini, hummus, lettuce, tomato and onion for $6.
Save room for a couple of freshly baked cookies. They’ll even sandwich them with ice cream.
Blue Water Shrimp Wagon
Jonesing for some garlic shrimp? You’ll want to stop in at the popular Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood wagon, which (go figure) is a painted blue lunch wagon parked in Haleiwa at the 76 Station.
Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., there is no bad time to come — business is booming all day long. Plate lunches range from hamburger steak, to fish and chips, to steak and shrimp combos and, of course, the garlic shrimp, all served with two scoops of rice and a green salad. Prices are reasonable from $6.95 to $12.95 and portions are large. (For an extra buck, they’ll de-shell the shrimp for you.)
Much Aloha to Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties and Island Homes Collection, Who bring wonderful neighborhoods and some of our favorite dining options.