Food pics: Latin Nights tapas pop-up

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It’s become one of Streetgrindz’ missions to surprise Honolulu, from time to time, with the haute levels achieved by certain food truck chefs. Which is why tonight and tomorrow, if you peek into a certain warehouse in Kakaako, you’ll see Baja Style parked on one side of a curtain, while the other side looks like this.

And the food? Twelve Latin tapas, the likes of which most of us have never seen before. Cheesy chips topped with shrimp. Marinated cactus, succulent and pliant. Slow-cooked goat, a surprise homerun. And a pair of desserts to die for. Here are the pics.

What: Latin Nights, a tapas pop-up
When: Aug. 10 & 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: 661 Auahi St. in Kakaako
BYOB? Yes; agua fresca bar also available
Tickets: $75 online

Latin Nights

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Kakaako warehouse, inside looking out. Exact location: Middle of the parking lot on Auahi Street between Hank's Haute Dogs and Whole Ox Deli, facing an auto body shop.


tapas, the best way to eat. i go to a place here in SD, La Grand Tapa. they have Spanish, Basque and Portuguese. sit at the bar, new people come and go. it reminds me of when i used to sit with my first wife and our Roppongi friends at the tempura bar in the Okura  in Tokyo, way back when. life is too damn short.


EO:  Looks great!  Out of curiosity, how do these pop ups from trucks work.  I thought fuud had to be prepared in a certified kitchen for public consumption.  Can a truck's kitchen be certified, i.e., running water, drain to grease traps, fire safety stuff over stove, etc.?

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 @Annoddah_Dave WAS great, really eye-opening. truck kitchens have to be health dept-certified. re running water, idk, but there was a lot of dishwashing going on back there. @streetgrindz?