What we ate in… Hawaii!

We’ve decided to start a series of blog posts to let folks know all of the unique, local, terrible, tasty, scary and/or delicious foods we tried while visiting different locations. We’ll often also throw in some new beers and wines because hey, we like beer and wine.

Our first post is dedicated to the things we ate in Hawaii. We tried to branch out and try new things that were unique to this island. No Hard Rock Cafe or Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. for us! Here’s what we tried while on Oahu…

Teddy’s Burgers
This was recommended to us by our hostel and it was fantastic! We devoured some meat and fries and were happy campers at the end. It was also nice that this was right around the corner from our hostel.

Pau Hana Market Waikiki (aka Food Truck Park)
We tried 2 different food trucks here – Fisherman’s Tacos and Barrio Korean Fusion. Both were vastly different and also wonderful food. We favored the Kimchee Fries we got at Barrio (minus the mayo on top) and the ribeye on the fries was amazing. Fisherman’s Tacos had some hefty tacos with tons of goodies on top that were quite messy to eat, but we managed to take care of it all 🙂

Rainbow Drive In
One of the foods we decided we had to try was a local Hawaiian fare called Loco Moco (which we kept accidentally calling Coco Moco). This is a delicious concoction that starts with white rice then hamburger patties and gravy over it all, topped with fried eggs and served with a side of macaroni salad. This was a “must try” for sure and it did not disappoint. We did some research on the best place near us to try this amazing dish and found the Rainbow Drive In. We’ll be back for more of this!

Of course we also tried some new beers that we have to tell you about. As many of you know, we both love Coors Light. And while we found plenty of Coors Light on this trip, we also tried a few new beers.

Aloha Beer Company’s Aloha Lager at Growler USA
We were walking to the grocery store our first day and stumbled upon Growler USA (a bar with tons of beers on tap) and figured we should catch the end of the Cowboys vs. Packers game and get some cold beer in us. The grocery store would still be there in an hour or two when we were done. This was a great decision since we found Aloha Lager and loved it!

Maui Brewing Co. Pineapple Mana at our hostel
Courtesy of a dorm mate that left us a few beers. They were interesting, not our normal type of beer, but free so why not?!

One thing to note was that most of our meals and beers really were not that expensive. We had heard the island was pricey, but it turns out if you share meals and look for bargains, it’s really not that hard on the wallet. It also helped that our hostel had free breakfast each day and free pizza for us on Tuesday night.


~ Kerry & Jenny

One thought on “What we ate in… Hawaii!

  1. moonmusic says:

    Love this series of local eats and drinks. Thanks so much for sharing about the Loco Moco in particular. You inspired me to look up recipes for it and I made it for my dad for his bday. Yum, can’t wait till when I can taste some authentic Loco Moco myself! 😉


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