One of the best ways to explore a foreign destination is through experiencing their food. Oahu is no exception, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the best-kept culinary secrets the island has to offer.
Try one of Hawaii’s famous ‘plate lunches’ at Rainbow Drive-In. Plate lunches originated in the early 1800s to describe the multi-national lunch plates of workers at sugar plantations who would swap items with one another to diversify their eats. Today, a ‘plate lunch’ is simply a plate with your choice of different foods accompanied with rice. At Rainbow Drive-In portions are large and the price is reasonable, usually around $8 USD per serve.
3308 Kanaina Ave, Honolulu
Vegetarians, Beetbox Café is the destination for you. Located in the tiny surf town of Haleiwa (where you'll also find the famous Pipeline), this vegetarian-only café serves up amazing dishes such as burritos, pizzas, acai bowls, burgers, salads and a range of smoothies including our personal favourite, the Himalayas (banana, almonds, dates, maca, raw cacao nibs, sea salt and almond milk).
66-437 Kamehameha Hwy, Suite 104, Haleiwa
Highway Inn opened in 1947 and is still owned by the same family today. Here you’ll get a taste of authentic Hawaiian home-style cuisine. Order one of the laulaus (meat wrapped in taro leaves then pressure cooked in a steamer until tender) or the pua`a kalua (oven roasted pulled pork) and finish it off a the haupia (Hawaiian flan made with coconut milk.)
680 Ala Moana Blvd, #105, Honolulu
Scratch Kitchen & Meatery
No matter which meal you're after, Scratch Kitchen has you covered. Chef and Founder Brian Chan has made it his mission to put a spin on tried and tested favourites. Try the "milk & cereal" pancakes with berries, banana and their special milk syrup.
1170 Auahi St, Honolulu