Welcome to Part Two of Heck's take Oahu! I’m going to be dishing out all of my favorite spots to eat on the Island. Thanks to the tourism industry being incredibly high in Waikiki, there is such a great variety of places to eat, sweet treats to indulge in and lastly, coffee to sip! Hope you enjoy this guide to eating on Oahu- just writing this makes me want to go back and sit on the beach with some Hawaiian shave ice!
Fresh off the plane from Seattle, we stopped at Bubba Gump at the Ala Moana Mall. Named after the famous movie, Forrest Gump,you'll find an incredible selection of seafood and you guessed it, shrimp!
They source their beef from the big island of Hawaii so their beef is local, never frozen. Cheeseburger is the place to go if you're looking for a good burger! I recommend the aloha burger paired with a lava flow cocktail.
Located less than one mile from Pearl Harbor, this is the perfect place to take a load of from visiting the museums and enjoy some good eats on the waterfront! Their fish tacos are delicious!
If you are in the mood to splurge a bit, I highly recommend Hy's. Be sure to make reservations well in advance. We shared a crab cake appetizer and lobster bisque. I had the Steak Oscar for my entree which was incredible. The filet mignon was cooked perfectly, melt in your mouth tender and juicy pink in the center, just how I love it. Although famous for their banana's foster or cherries jubilee, we shared their flour less chocolate cake for dessert. Hy’s Steakhouse has complimentary valet so don’t worry about searching for a parking spot. Date night at Hy's is the ultimate luxury experience!
The noodle house is in the heart of Waikiki and although it doesn't look like anything special from the outside, these are some of the best ramen noodles I've ever had! The noodles are made fresh, in house, with a variety of classic toppings. After you choose your noodle dish, grab a second plate for the tempura bar. If you're lucky, you'll get there just before the rush. If you happen to catch the line, I promise, it's worth the wait!
The perfect reward after a sunrise hike up Kokohead trail! These hot malasadas (donuts) are heavenly! You can choose cinnamon sugar, chocolate filled or custard filled. They have two locations, their main shop or this donut truck!
North Shore Shrimp Trucks
Shrimp trucks are pretty famous on the island. If you’ve ever watched the show “Hawaii Five-O”, you know that good shrimp is hard to beat. I had heard of a shrimp truck called Giovanni’s Shrimp up on the north shore and planned to visit there for lunch while we were in the area. Giovanni’s is just in town on the north shore in a cute little food truck spot. I’ll warn you, Giovanni’s is quite popular so be prepared to stand in line for at least a half hour! We opted out and went to the truck next store for some lunch. I chose garlic shrimp while Dylan chose battered shrimp and fish. It was still delicious! There is a free parking lot just down the road from the food trucks, so you can park and walk over.
If you read "Heck's Take Oahu, Part One", you read about our experience at King's Diamond Head Luau! Their food is farm to table, fresh and full of flavor. Kahlua pork, roasted veggies, fresh poke and lots of tropical fruit!
Hidden in Waikiki, is an incredible breakfast spot called Eggs 'n Things. If you are a breakfast lover, like myself, this place should be at the top of your list! I chose Eggs Florentine (as I often do when eating breakfast out) and it came with a stack of three pancakes. It was so tasty, but definitely enough to share around the table!
Hawaiian Shave Ice
Having Hawaiian shave ice in Hawaii is like experiencing a cannoli in New York, or Sourdough Bread in San Francisco. No Oahu vacation is complete without this sweet treat! There are many spots to find shave ice. My recommendation? Ask the locals!
Although we didn’t get to eat at Duke’s Waikiki on this trip, I’ve been there several times before (we went there on our Honeymoon in Kauai), and I highly recommend going to Sunday brunch or getting reservations for dinner at sunset. Their hula pie is killer and definitely enough for the family to share.
If you're staying in Waikiki and looking for good coffee (not Starbucks), I could not recommend Olive & Oliver more! They have delicious coffee in addition to the cutest little shop!
One thing that helped during this trip was walking to most places. There is very limited parking in Waikiki, so I recommend walking to eat or grab a cup of coffee. And with 75 degrees and sunny, who wouldn't want to walk everywhere?!
Between the incredible eats and the jaw-dropping adventures, this was a trip to remember!
Where should we visit next? Comment below with your favorite vacation destinations!
-The Happy Egg