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Da Spot Health Foods and Juices Food Truck (Hawaii 2018): Butter Garlic Shrimp

One of the iconic food items from Hawaii (aside from poke) is garlic shrimp… specifically from the countless food trucks that dot the North Shore of Oahu. But if you’re not in the mood for a road trip, you can find garlic shrimp in the heart of Waikiki. We came across a couple of food trucks on the corner lot of Kuhio Avenue and Kanekapolei, next to the Food Pantry.
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Banán Waikiki Beach Shack (Hawaii 2018): Go Bananas!

When I first saw the pictures of banana ice cream served up by a food truck called Banán, I knew that I wanted to try them out. However, with only a short amount of time in paradise, we never found the time to make it out to visit. As luck would have it, Banán has since opened up a location right in the heart of Waikiki, just steps away from the beach.
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Surf Lanai at The Royal Hawaiian (Hawaii 2018): The Royal Bake Shop Banana Bread French Toast and Pink Palace Pancakes

If you’ve been to Waikiki, you’ve probably seen The Royal Hawaiian… with the bright pink facade, it’s difficult to miss this long-standing resort nestled up on the beach. One of the things that they’re known for is their famous banana bread. While we’ve never stayed at The Royal Hawaiian, I’ve read that guests receive this in their rooms when they first arrive. However, you don’t need to stay at The Royal Hawaiian to experience it as they also have an on-site bakery that sells the banana bread.
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Uncle Tetsu’s (Hawaii 2018): Honeydew Cheesecake and Mango Cheese Tarts

A few years ago, we came across Uncle Tetsu’s in the Royal Hawaiian Center food court in Waikiki. We were intrigued by the offer of a Japanese-style cheesecake as we’ve never heard of it previously. As it turned out, this light and airy cheesecake was unlike anything else we’ve ever had and we managed to scarf down our jiggly cheesecake in a matter of minutes. Since that day, we’ve always looked forward to returning to Hawaii so we could get more.
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Modo Hawaii (Hawaii 2018): Mochi Donuts!

Our first experience with mochi donuts was with a Mister Donut in Akihabara in Japan where we got to try their famous Pon De Ring. For those of you unfamiliar, mochi donuts are dangerously addictive given how easy it is to polish them off. So when I saw that they opened up Modo Hawaii inside the International Marketplace, I knew that we would stop by here during our next visit to Waikiki.
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Morimoto Asia Waikiki (Hawaii 2018): Pan Asian Fare

As I mentioned on my post on Momosan Waikiki, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto has opened up not one, but two restaurants in the heart of Waikiki (both in the Alohilani Resort). Unlike the more casual Momosan Waikiki which serves up ramen, kushiyaki, and appies, Morimoto Asia Waikiki is a bit more formal and covers a more Pan Asian theme (with a decidedly non-Japanese leaning towards many dishes).
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The Veranda (Hawaii 2018): Breakfast Buffet at the Beach Bar

The Moana Surfrider is one of the most historic and picturesque hotels located in Waikiki. Situated right on Waikiki Beach, the views from here are amazing. We decided to visit The Veranda for breakfast (which, as the name implies, is served on the veranda of the Moana Surfrider). As it turns out, however, this coincided with Mother’s Day and they had a special Breakfast Buffet ($30) which was instead being served in the adjacent Beach Bar area, under the canopy of their large banyan tree.
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Momosan Waikiki (Hawaii 2018): Ramen and Kushiyaki

In our visit to Hawaii in May of 2018, we decided to stay at the newly renovated Alohilani Resort (formerly the Pacific Beach). One of the main draws to this hotel is that they have not one, but two restaurants run by Iron Chef Morimoto. Momosan Waikiki is his casual eatery that’s located on the first floor, across the street from the beach. While they have an inside bar area, the best place to sit is on the covered, outdoor patio that fronts Kalakaua and Liluokalani.
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Marukame Udon (Hawaii 2017): Nikutama Udon

Our last meal in Waikiki this year was appropriately at one of our favourite spots… Marukame Udon. If you haven’t enjoyed their special Sanuki-style udon noodles, you really haven’t lived.
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TR Fire Grill (Hawaii 2017): Shrimp and “Grits” and Shrimp Tacos

On our last day in Waikiki, we found a new spot for lunch on the corner of Kuhio Ave and Walina Street (across the street from the International Marketplace) called TR Fire Grill.
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Henry’s Place (Hawaii 2017): Homemade Guava Ice Cream

If you’re ever in Waikiki and looking for a way to cool down, you just need to head over to Henry’s Place. This no-frills ice cream shop is next to the Pau Hana Market on Beach Walk. The only indication that there’s an ice cream shop here is the groups of happy customers milling about in front of the store.
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Gilligan’s Beach Shack (Hawaii 2017): Garlic Shrimp and Shoestring Fries

There’s always free entertainment in Waikiki… if you know where to look. Whether it’s the torch lighting ceremony, the shows at the International Marketplace, or the ever popular fireworks at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Speaking of which, We were checking out the fireworks on our second-to-last day in Waikiki and decided to grab some food from Gilligan’s Beach Shack.
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