If you have date night Fridays, keep them open every last Friday of the month because you never need a reservation at Eat the Street — a popular food truck rally in Kaka’ako that gets the foodie inside of everyone excited.
And there’s not just food — there’s lots of it. Over 40 trucks serving everything from plate lunches to street food, to smoothies and lemonade (home of Wow Wow Lemonade on Oahu!). There’s just about anything you can think of — plus music, live entertainment, and even face painting and balloon animals for the little ones.
Every Eat the Street has a theme — and the food trucks can prepare special items to add to their menus that incorporate that special ingredient. This week was chocolate. My ultimate dream theme (because if you can’t tell from all my baking, I definitely have a sweet tooth).
The thing I liked about this theme, besides the fact that I could have dark chocolate-vanilla swirl gelato for dinner, was that chocolate is an ingredient a lot of different trucks would incorporate into a special dish. I don’t see a lot of participation among all the trucks when it comes to certain themes, but when it came to this week’s sweet challenge, there was a lot of new stuff to try.
Our first stop of the night was at a truck called Five-O Ribs. Jake wanted to get some chili before he attempted any dessert. One of their special menu items was a strip of chocolate dipped maple bacon with sea salt for $3.
I opted for some pizza from Kiawe Pizza (which takes about 15 – 20 minutes for them to make, but you can walk around while you wait). So in the meanwhile, I scooped up the amazing gelato I mentioned earlier from Il Gelato Hawaii — an adorable little cart set up.
Jake got an affogato — a coffee drink made with a shot of espresso poured over a scoop of vanilla gelato — from the same cart. Something you realize after becoming an Eat the Street veteran is that sometimes your hands become full pretty quickly — faster than you can consume all the deliciousness!
If you run into this problem, there are places to sit down so you can get your hands free to chow down. There’s always an open air tent with tables and chairs underneath, as well as taller tables you can stand and eat at.
Or if you’re 21+, there’s always the option of heading to the beer garden where you can grab a tall one and munch on your food at one of the tables inside the gated area.
After grabbing a few macaroons, because a sweet night wouldn’t be complete without one of those tasty beauties, we made our last stop at the brightest pink food truck you will encounter here: Sweet Revenge. Here you’ll find a unique variety of sweet and savory little pies.
That night there were a lot more sweet ones than savory — and we ended up buying a “Chocolate Pig” pie for $8. Kind of expensive for the size, but it’s an experience.
The Chocolate Pig consisted of a chocolate crust, chocolate mousse, whipped cream, and bacon bits. A really interesting and yummy sweet + savory combination. A perfect way to top off our night of food!
Eat the Street is heading to Mililani next — this time with a bacon theme! Follow @StreetGrindz on Twitter for all food truck locations, updates, and events. Or check out @EatTheStreet on Instagram to get a sneak peak of all the great dishes.
What’s your favorite food truck or food truck dish?