Who’s coming: The Best of Eat the Street

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First, the giant news: Eat the Street is doubling in size at a permanent new home. Friday’s edition will be at the old Fisherman’s Wharf site on Ala Moana Boulevard, with about 70 food trucks and stalls selling all kinds of made-to-order and packaged food right on Honolulu’s waterfront. Before we sink our teeth into the bacon, chocolate, garlic and spicy bites that’ll be dished up, let’s take a quick look at Eat the Street’s new home.

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Meet the 2.0 version of Honolulu’s street food scene. This is Makers & Tasters Kewalo, a food park with ambitions. Every day for weeks now, five food truck and stalls at a time have been serving up lunch and dinner here; that number will triple to 15 at a time. On the last Friday of every month, Eat the Street takes over. And when it’s completed this fall, the food park will feature multiple seating areas, bathrooms, a bar deck, stage and parking for 80 vehicles.

ms11Initially, Poni Askew of StreetGrindz says, the plan was to have semi-permanent MakerStations so vendors wouldn’t have to set up and break down every time. But because of permitting requirements, they switched to purchasing and refurbishing used food trucks. This way entry-level vendors get experience working in a food truck and the mindset of owning their own set of wheels one day. It’s all part of Askew’s vision to turn Makers & Tasters into a business incubator with a food truck school and other boosts for budding entrepreneurs.

It’s a huge leap and they need all the support they can get. You can pitch in this Thursday at an exclusive preview to raise the remaining $75,000 they need to buy and refurbish a food truck for vendor use at Makers & Tasters Kewalo. MT_BestOfETS_WebBanner_instagramFor Eat the Street this Friday, the wharf balloons to accommodate a whopping 70 vendors. That sounds about right, because Eat the Street’s three most popular themes of bacon, garlic and spicy come together in one giant celebration — it’s Honolulu’s largest street food rally yet!

When: Friday, August 28 from 5 to 10 p.m.
Where: 1011 Ala Moana Blvd.
Admission: Free

11218621_1005553876164227_8872675259584339525_nParking: See parking map

Lot 1 (Ward Ave & Ahui St) – $5 per car
Lot 2 (Ilalo & Ohe St) – $10 per car
Lot 3 (Kakaako Waterfront Park) – FREE
Lot 4 (Ahui & Ala Moana Blvd) – Metered parking, FREE after 6pm
Lot 5 (Ilalo & Keawe St) – $5 per car

Highlights of Friday’s street fest:

Foodbank Hawaii Perks Card• Live entertainment by Kapena Boy 6-8 p.m. and Ron Artis 8:30-9:30 p.m.

• Use your Hawaii Perks card for $1 off every $9 spent at a single food vendor. Show signed Hawaii Perks card at time of purchase

• Happy hour specials

• Hashtag #eatthestreet

Here’s the lineup and menus (more menus to be added as received):

 

BACON

 

Aloha Pops

alohapopContact: 808-286-4699; @AlohaTricycle (Twitter); alohapopshi.com

On the menu: Popsicles

 
 
 

Bobalicious

Contact: 808-591-7711; Bobalicious Boba Drinks on Facebook

On the menu: Creative boba drinks and desserts

 
 
 

Earl Sandwich

earlContact: Earl Sandwich in Kaimuki (808) 200-4354; @earl_sandwichexperience/ (Instagram), https://www.facebook.com/earl.sandwichexperience

What’s on the menu: Sandwiches

 
 

Five-O Ribs

five-o ribsContact: 509-668-0000; www.FiveORibs.com; ryan@fiveoribs.com; Five-O Hawaiian Style Smoked Ribs on Facebook

On the menu: Juicy baby back ribs and more

 
 

Ha‘a Ha‘a

On the menu: TBD

 
 

Hawaiian Fresh Farms

Hawaiian Fresh FarmsContact: 808-321-1567; Hawaiian Fresh Farms on Facebook

On the menu: TBD

 
 
 

I Love Tacos

Photo courtesy I Love TACOSContact: I Love TACOS on Facebook; @ILoveTacosHawaii on Instagram

Featured Item: Napalm bacon nachos

 
 
 

Infernos Pizza

Contact: (808)375-1200; Inferno’s Wood Fire Pizza on Facebook

On the menu: TBD

 
 
 
 

Kuuipo’s

On the menu: TBD

 

Local STOP

localstopContact: @localstop (Twitter); Local Stop on Facebook

On the menu: Local favorites

 
 
 

Nani Kore

nanikorefoodContact: www.nanikorehawaii.com; Nani Kore Hawaii on Facebook; @nanikorehawaii on Twitter

On the menu: TBD

 
 

Paradise Crepes

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 2.58.08 PMContact: Paradise Crepes on Facebook.

On the menu: Sweet and savory crepes made fresh

 
 
 

Primo Popcorn

Primo PopcornContact: Primo Popcorn on Facebook, @primopopcorn (Instagram)

On the menu: Unique and delicious flavored popcorn catering to all tastebuds and snackers

 
 

Sweet Revenge

10311271_1421938121413079_951106458_nContact: sweetrevengehonolulu.com

On the menu: Savory and sweet homemade pies.

 
 
 
 

Tacochino

On the menu: TBD

 

Tea on Fleek

Courtesy Honolulu Night + MarketContact: Tea on Fleek on Facebook.

Featured item: TBD

 
 
 

Three B’s

On the menu: TBD

 

Tin Hut BBQ

Tin HutContact: 808-492-8676; www.tinhut-bbq.com; Tin Hut BBQ on Facebook

On the menu: A variety of meats seasoned and smoked low and slow for hours

 
 

Ulu’s Lemonade

Source: StreetGrindzContact: Ulus Lemonade on Facebook

On the menu: Fresh fruit lemonades and tea blends

 
 

CHOCOLATE

Aloha Plate

alohaContact: 808-664-6647; http://alohaplate.com/

On the menu: Local favorites

 
 
 

Girls Who Bake Next Door

girls who bakeContact: 808-983-9989; @girlswhobake (Twitter); The Girls Who Bake Next Door on Facebook

Featured item: TBD

 
 

Island Breez

Featured item: Chocolate Covered Banana with Mac Nuts

 

LemonTea

72-350x225Contact: Kiosk at Pearlridge, Uptown II

On the menu: Various flavored chilled teas; flavored lemonades
 
 
 

Milk Tea Hawaii

milkteaContact: www.milkteahawaii.com; Milk Tea Hawaii on Facebook

On the menu: Organic black, sweet matcha latte and horchata milk teas. Featured item: mint milk tea

 
 

MoeJoe’s Stir Crazy

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On the menu: Chocolate fudge whoop whoops, red velvet whoop whoops, s’mores, Nutella brownies, brownie bread pudding

 
 

Nalo Juice Co

Day-1Contact: www.nalojuice.com

Featured item: Locally sourced and made cold-pressed juices

 
 

No Ka Oi Cookie Company

no ka oiContact: 808-489-2642; nokaoicookiecompany.com; No Ka ‘Oi Cookie Company on Facebook

On the menu: Fresh baked cookies, desserts, and sweets

 
 

OnoPops

onopopsContact: 808-354-2949; www.onopops.com; @OnoPops (Twitter); OnoPops on Facebook

On the menu: Gourmet, locally sourced pops in a variety of flavors

 
 

Pop Pop Donuts

poppopContact: 808-664-3287; poppopdonuts.com; @poppopdonuts on Twitter; Pop Pop Donuts on Facebook

Featured item: Pop Pop Chocolate Sundae with 10 hot mini donuts, 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, chocolate glaze, topped with whipped cream and peanuts.

 

Pt. Suisse Crepes

Contact:808-351 5871; @PtSuisseCrepes (Twitter); Pt Suisse Crepes on Facebook

On the menu: Chocolate Bomb with chocolate chip cake with pudding, whipped cream and carmel toffee crumble

 
 

Stir it Up

Courtesy Honolulu Night + MarketContact: Stir it Up on Facebook

On the menu: Boba drinks and milk tea

 
 
 

Tea Girls

Photo Courtesy Tea Girls Contact: Tea Girls Hawaii on Facebook

Feature item: Koko Alaisa, a Samoan chocolate dessert drink

 
 
 

Thirsty Coconut

TheThirstyCoconutContact: The Thirsty Coconut on Facebook

On the menu: Coconut water lemonade slushes, coconut cream slushes, organic pineapple coconut water

 

Wow Wow Lemonade

IMG_5637Contact: 530-638-4969; Wow Wow Waffle on Facebook; @wowwowwaffle (Twitter); www.wowwowwaffle.com

On the menu: Fresh-pressed lemonades (lilikoi, blackberry lavender, strawberry, pineapple li hing, strawberry li hing, classic); Mason jar lemonades.

 
 

 

GARLIC

 

Aloha Aina Poi Co.

11010983_1569385986675315_1415463814746208478_nContact: Aloha Aina Poi Co. on Facebook

On the menu: Paiai bowls, Da Hawaiian Samplah, kulolo sashimi, Kauai kulolo, fresh coconut water

 
 

Beyond Burgers

beyondburgers-150x150Contact: beyondburgers@gmail.com; Beyond Burgers Honolulu on Facebook

On the menu: Specialty burgers and hotdogs

 
 

Big and Beast

1601556_1612499738968863_2203197730824526758_nContact: 808-971-1754; 801 Cooke Street

On the menu: Philly cheesesteak, Mexican taco Philly, Philly fries and carne asada fries

 
 

Bonfire Pizza Co.

bonfireContact: (808) 321-7799; www.bonfirepizzaco.com; @bonfirepizzaco on Instagram

Featured item: SSG garlic pizza with Italian sausage, fresh local spinach, kiawe roasted garlic

 

Flavors of the World

flavors of the worldContact: Flavors of the World on Facebook

On the menu: TBD

 
 
 

Hawaiian Twisted Tater

twisted taterContact: Hawaiiantwistedtater@yahoo.com

On the menu: Deep-fried spiral cut potatoes with creative toppings and dressings.

 
 

Hawaiian Waffledog

WaffledogContact: Hawaiian Waffledog on Facebook

On the menu: Original Waffledogs and slushies

 
 

Hawaii’s Fried Musubi

Contact: 808-391-3835; @friedmusubiHI (Twitter), Hawaii’s Fried Musubi on Facebook

Featured Items: Fried musubi stuffed with garlic pork and garlic butter Mama’s fried chicken.

 
 

Kau Kau Grill

Contact: 755 Kapahulu Ave.; 284-8293; Kau Kau Grill on Facebook

On the menu: BBQ baby back ribs, spicy spareribs, pulehu short ribs, garlic shrimp, spicy and shoyu poke bowls

 
 

Koi Catering

koi1Contact: 808-845-4564; 2028 Dillingham Blvd.

On the menu: Local favorites

 
 
 

Liquid Pleasure

Contact: 808-780-9288 or email streetgrindz@gmail.com

On the menu: Smoothies, shakes, frappes, espresso

 
 
 

Mahoes Island Delights

On the menu: TBD

 

Mega Load Burgers

megaloadContact: Mega-Load Burgers on Facebook

On the menu: Burgers, sliders, fries, and other American favorites.

 
 
 

Nosh

Contact: Nosh on Facebook

On the menu: Brazilian cheese bread called pao de queijo. Featured flavors: Italian cream (creamy fresh tomato and basil with roasted garlic and lemon & garlic cream.

 

Otsuji Farms

otsujifarmsContact: 808-368.1135; otsujifarm.com

On the menu: Fresh dishes made with produce from Otsuji Farms

 
 
 

Paul’s Poppers

paulsContact: 808-351-7583; Paul’s Poppers on Facebook; paulspoppers.com

Featured flavors: Bruschetta

 
 
 

SPICY

All Kine Grindz

all kine grindzContact: 808-368-4799; habilitat.com/all-kine-grindz.html; All Kine Grindz on Facebook

On the menu: BBQ chicken, steak, kalbi, spicy pork, spicy tuna bowls, pulehu ribs, crab cakes, garlic shrimp, seafood platters and surf and turf

 
 

Aunty Nees Kitchen

Contact: Aunty Nee’s Kitchen on Facebook

Featured items: Pastele, metuda, roast chicken, and roast pork plates with gandule rice and bacalao salad

 

Elena’s Home of Finest Filipino Foods

Contact: Elena’s Restaurant in Waipahu 808-676-8005; www.ElenasRestaurant.com; @ElenasFilipino (Twitter), www.facebook.com/ElenasRestaurant

What’s on the menu: Elena’s pork adobo fried rice, gisantes, chicken adobo, sari sari, dinuguan and pork adobo combo, and the crowd favorite lechon special. Featured item: Flaming lechon special.

 

Firehouse

Contact: Firehouse Food Truck on Facebook

On the menu: Chamorro food from Guam with spicy chicken kelaguen, BBQ ribs, red rice, fresh local greens, and finadene

 

Fish Lady Hawaii

Contact: www.fishladyhawaii.com; @FishLadyHawaii on Instagram

Featured items: Smoke ahi jalapeño poppers and beer battered fish and chips with spicy aioli and original tartar sauce

 

Flyin’ Ahi

Contact: Flyin’ Ahi on Facebook

On the menu TBD

 

Hula Shrimp

hulashrimpContact: Hula Shrimp on Facebook

On the menu: local favorites and garlic shrimp plates

 
 

Il Gelato

ilgelatoContact: 501 Sumner St.; 808-542-9276; @IlGelatoHawaii (Twitter); Il Gelato Hawaii on Facebook

On the menu: Gourmet gelato, pitaya and acai bowls, sorbetto smoothies, gelato drink specials. Featured item: Maple bacon gelato with spicy pecan verigate

 

Kamitoku Ramen

Beefy WildContact: http://www.kamitokuramen.com

On the menu: Spicy beef ramen

 
 

La Roux

Featured item: Fried Boudin Balls

 

La Taqueria

11112461_1591802577755743_4987104429184051108_nContact: www.lataqueriahawaii.com; La Taqueria Hawaii on Facebook

Featured items: Picosa pero dulce salsa

 
 

LaLa Land

Featured item: fried jalapeño mac n cheese ball and the buffalo chicken mac and cheese ball.

 

Olay’s Thai

Contact: 808-487-4001; Olay’s Thai Food Express on Facebook

On the menu: Thai curries and noodle dishes

 
 
 

Pacifico Pizza

Featured items: Spicy Carbonara pizza with bufala mozzarella, spinach, yellow onions, bacon, garlic and our special spicy sauce and the Sriracha with San Marzano tomato sauce, bufala mozzarella, grape tomatoes, ricotta cheese, bacon, Sriracha sauce and fresh basil

 

Smokin Wings and Things

wingsandthingsContact: Smokin’ Wings & Things on Facebook

On the menu: Signature wings, paninis, and pupus

 
 
 

Taste of Indonesia

Taste of IndonesiaContact: CHEF HANA on Facebook

Featured item: Rendang and chicken Curry

 
 

Uncle’s Kitchen

Contact: 808-208-0679

Featured items: Spicy ahi, Spicy kalua pork, Dynamite chicken, Curry loco moco, and Kimchee pork flavored musubis

 

Waimanalo Country Farms

Screen-Shot-2014-10-14-at-4.18.01-PMContact: Waimanalo Country Farms on Facebook

Featured item: Hawaiian Chili Pepper