My husband Chris and I are food truck fanatics. We swear by the $1.25 cup of coffee from our local corner cart. Half of his weekly meals come from “the lamb salad guy” on 95th street. While living in San Diego, I got paid to follow food trucks around and write about them (tough job, I know. FYI – check out this sweet ride if you’re in SD). Naturally, when we heard there were a handful of shrimp trucks dishing out deliciousness on the North Shore of Oahu, we had to work them into our honeymoon itinerary.
North Shore locals argue over two favorite shrimp trucks: Macky’s Sweet Shrimp Truck and Giovanni’s Original White Shrimp Truck (see this one on the Travel Channel’s Man V. Food.) Both serve up generous portions of shrimp, pan-fried in one of a few different sauces including garlic butter, sweet and sour, and coconut. Each truck has its pros and cons. Macky’s offers a much cleaner seating area, although being right off the main highway, it lacks any scenery. Giovanni’s sits across the street from the beach (the World Cup Surfing Championships were taking place when we visited), but is infested with flies and roosters. Macky’s has a cute shrimp painted on the side, Giovanni’s is signed by patrons in black marker. If we’re talking strictly food, however, Macky’s wins hands down. The shrimp were more tender, the sticky rice more plentiful, and the flavor unforgettable. We’ll be back on an anniversary trip, for sure.