Who’s coming: Eat the Street Garlic

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Friday’s Eat the Street focuses on the pungent bulb we especially love here in Hawaii. That’s right, this month’s food truck rally will be all about garlic, with 33 vendors lined up to serve up delectably garlicky dishes.

Some dishes that caught our attention: Baja Style Mexican Food’s whole baby squid in a “Mojo de Ajo” garlic sauce; Shogunai Tacos’ I Dream of Garlic Taco; Tiki Truck’s “Sloppy Enchilads with Grrrlicky Cheese”; Fairycakes garlic cheesecake truffles and Lickety Split’s garlic chocolate dip.

Along with these intriguing creations, five trucks or vendors are making their ETS debut, including the beloved Tats Shaved Ice; brand-new vendor Beyond Burgers; Hawaii’s Fried Musubi (get the fried chicken); Wear to Go, which will be serving malasadas and fresh-roasted Waialua Coffee; and Na ‘Ono, which already has a farmers’ market following for its roasted Kahuku corn.

So come try the eats, and don’t forget your mints.

When: Friday, July 29 from 4-9 p.m.
Where: 555 South St. in Kaka’ako (at Halekauwila, kitty-corner from Restaurant Row)
Admission: Free
Parking: On-site and street parking
Organizer: StreetGrindz.com (Poni Askew), partnering with Kamehameha Schools, Kamehameha Schools Malama Card and Nonstop Honolulu

Here’s the lineup:

Achilles Grill

Contact: 808-387-0554; Achilles Grill on Facebook

On the menu: Pad Thai (chicken, beef and shrimp); papaya salad

Special garlic dish: Thai sauteed garlic chicken with coconut milk and lime juice

Malama Card special: Buy one plate lunch, get a $1 off next plate


Aloha Ice Cream Tricycle

Contact: 808-286-4699; @Cafeteaparlor (Twitter); An Oasis at Mission Houses Museum Cafe & Tea Parlor on Facebook

On the menu: Homemade Aloha Pops (chocolate toffee, pineapple, li-hing and lemon drop)

Special garlic dish: Garlic chocolate gelato pop

Malama Card special: Six-pack special: Any flavor 15 percent discount


Alonzo’s Lunchwagon

Contact: 808-216-7828

On the menu: Hawaiian beef steak; Lechon Kawali (Filipino roast pork served mixed with onions, tomatoes and a special soy-vinegar sauce)

Special garlic dish: Garlic roast pork; garlic chicken

Malama Card special: Free can of 12-ounce soda or bottled water with plate lunch purchase


Baja Style Mexican Food

Contact: 808-291-2096; @bajastylehi (Twitter)

Special garlic dishes: “Especial Soft Tacos” with Mexican baked goat in a red chile garlic rub; whole baby squid in a “Mojo de Ajo” garlic sauce; garlic cheese stuffed jalapenos topped with chicharones (smoky crispy local pig skin)

Malama Card special: $5 off any purchases over $25 @ Blaisdell Farmer’s Market


Beyond Burgers (new to Eat the Street)

Contact: beyondburgers@gmail.com; Beyond Burgers Honolulu on Facebook

On the menu: Gourmet burger sliders (three different ones offered on sampler plate); “Arnold Palmer” (iced-tea/lemonade) made with strawberry lemonade made with real strawberries

Special garlic dishes: Bacon-wrapped hotdogs served with an onion-bell pepper medley and a garlic aioli spread; garlic-mushroom swiss burger sliders

Malama Card special: Free beverage with sampler-plate purchase or $2 off purchase



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

On the menu: Bubble drinks (honeydew, strawberry and li hing pineapple); waffle dogs, Portuguese sausage waffle dogs

Special garlic dish: Garlic-flavored waffle dog; garlic-flavored Portuguese sausage waffle dog

Malama Card special: Buy a menu item at regular price, get the second 50 percent off


Chicago Eatz

Contact: 808-482-0493; @ChicagoEatz (Twitter); Chicago Eatz on Facebook

On the menu: Vienna Italian beef sandwich

Special garlic dish: Roasted garlic and garlic pita bread

Malama Card special: Free garlic pita bread with a purchase of $10 or more


Cooking Fresh For You

Contact: 808-594-8224; cookingfreshforyou.com

On the menu: Thai beef salad; split garlic cornish hen with garlic-shallot dipping sauce; Tex-Mex quinoa Salad

Special garlic dish: Garlic steak with garlic cilantro butter

Malama Card special: Free drink with purchase of plate/salad ($1 value)


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: Pork adobo fried rice omelet; lechon special

Special garlic dish: Chicken Adobo Garlic Wings with Garlic Fried Rice

Malama Card special: $5 coupon for Elena’s Restaurant in Waipahu


Fairycakes Hawaii

Contact: www.fairycakeshawaii.com; @fairycakes808 (Twitter)

On the menu: Brownies; whoopie pies; cupcakes

Special garlic dish: Garlic cheesecake truffles

Malama Card special: Buy six cupcakes, get one free


Grandma G’s Kitchen

Contact: 808-542-2042; has booth at various farmer’s markets around Oahu; see Melissa Chang’s blog about Grandma G’s

On the menu: Supah Garlicky Shrimp; BBQ chicken

Special garlic dish: Garlic teri kim chee meatloaf or garlic fresh fish (weather permitting)

Malama Card special: Purchase any two plates at regular price, receive $1 off


Hawaii’s Fried Musubi (new to Eat the Street)

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

On the menu: Fried Spam musubi; fried desserts; original fried chicken; plantation iced tea

Special garlic dish: Mama’s garlic fried chicken

Malama Card special: Buy four plantation iced teas, get one free


Inferno’s Wood Fire Pizza

Contact: 808-375-1200; infernospizzahawaii.com; @infernopizzahi (Twitter)

On the menu: Cheese, pepperoni pizza slices

Special garlic dish: Garlic bread pizza

Malama Card special: Buy three slices, get free drink


Jawaiian Irie Jerk

Contact: 808-388-2916

On the menu:Jerk chicken; jerk pork

Special garlic dish: Garlic BBQ chicken on coco bread

Malama Card special: Spend $10, receive 10 percent discount


Jus’ Right Kettle Corn Popcorn

Contact: 808-351-8024; @Jusrightpopcorn (Twitter)

On the menu: Kettle corn

Special garlic dish: Garlic herb butter kettle corn

Malama Card special: Buy four, 4-quart bags, get another free


Koi Catering & Takeout

Contact: 808-845-4564; 2028 Dillingham Blvd. (formerly Pu’uwainani’s Plate Lunches)

Special garlic dishes: Garlic ahi with sweet wasabi sauce; shrimp dynamite with garlic masago aioli

Malama Card special: Free drink with plate purchase


Le Crepe Cafe

Contact: 808-988-8400; www.lecrepecafe.com; @lecrepecafe (Twitter); Le Crepe Cafe Hawaii on Facebook

On the menu: Crepes that can be filled with any of the following: fresh strawberries, bananas, chocolate, whipped cream, brown sugar, cinnamon, cheese, turkey, spinach, basil, green onions, tomatoes and eggs

Special garlic dish: TBD

Malama Card special: Buy two crepes, get a third half off


Lickety Split

Contact: 808-227-6499; Lickety Split Oahu on Facebook

On the menu: Floats; sundaes; cones

Special garlic dish: Garlic chocolate dip

Malama Card special: 50 cents off special


Local STOP

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

On the menu: Pastele stew; kalua pig nachos; malasada burgers

Special garlic dishes: Pastele stew

Malama Card special: $1 off King Kamehameha Burger


Na ‘Ono (new to Eat the Street)

Contact: 808-690-2705; Na Ono on Facebook

On the menu: Fresh roasted Kahuku corn with liliko’i butter and parmesan cheese (corn usually sold at various farmers’ markets across the island)

Special garlic dishes: Fresh roasted Kahuku Corn with butter and garlic herb seasoning; wasabi butter with garlic herb seasoning; lemon butter with garlic chili seasoning; roasted garlic and tomato bruschetta

Malama Card special:TBD



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

On the menu: Thirty flavors of Onopops

Special garlic dish: TBD

Malama Card special: 50 cents off each Onopop


Ronnie’s Express

Contact: 808-384-2295

On the menu: Crab cake slider; pulled pork slider

Special garlic dish: Garlic ahi slider

Malama Card special: Purchase four sliders, get one free


Shogunai Tacos

Contact: shogunaitacos.com; @Shogunai_Tacos (Twitter); Shogunai Tacos on Facebook

On the menu: Osaka Jo

Special garlic dish: I Dream of Garlic Taco: Garlic chicken over garlic mashed potatoes with garlic aioli and a secret topping

Malama Card special: Free drink with combo purchase


Simply Ono

Contact: 808-728-0441

On the menu: Chocolate-covered bacon; garlic seafood pasta; bread pudding

Special garlic dish: Broiled garlic musubi and seared ahi with garlic shoyu

Malama Card special: Free pound cake with $10 purchase


Soul Patrol

Contact: 808-735-7685; pacificsoulhawaii.com; @pacificsoul (Twitter); Soul Patrol on Facebook

On the menu: Buttermilk fried chicken; crab macaroni and cheese, BBQ spare ribs

Special garlic dishes: Garlic shrimp and cheesy grits; roasted garlic BBQ smoked beef brisket po’ boy

Malama Card special: $1 off $12 or more; $2 off $22 or more; $3 off $32 or more


Tacos Vicente

Contact: 808-356-9111; www.tacosvicente.com; @TacosVicente (Twitter); Tacos Vicente on Facebook

On the menu: Tacos al pastor; carne asada; burritos

Special garlic dish: Garlic chicken

Malama Card special: Buy four tacos, get one free


Tats Shaved Ice (new to Eat the Street)

Contact: 808-221-7525; @TatsShavedIce (Twitter); whereistats@gmail.com

Special garlic dish: Traditional, Hawaiian-style shaved ice

On the menu: Garlic powder for shaved ice

Malama Card special: Spend $10, get $1 off


The Hawaiian Waffledog Company

Contact: hawaiianwaffledogcompany.com

On the menu: Original smoky wiener; Portuguese sausage dog; string cheese waffle

Special garlic dish: Waffledog with sweet hot garlic mustard

Malama Card special: Buy four waffledogs, get one free


Tiki Truck

Contact: @tikitruck (Twitter); Tiki Truck on Facebook; see Mari Taketa’s look at Tiki Truck

On the menu: Crab ‘n Artichoke Nachos

Special garlic dishes: Hella Grrrlicky Shramp Tacos; Sloppy Enchilads with Grrrlicky Cheese; The Twisted Gyro with Grrrlic Steak

Malama Card special: 50-cent drink with purchase of any two items


Wear to Go (new to Eat the Street)

Contact: streetgrindz@gmail.com

On the menu: Malasadas; iced coffee; fresh-roasted Waialua Coffee

Special garlic dish: Garlic fries

Malama Card special: Buy six malasadas, get one free



Contact: 808-454-7954

On the menu: Dinosaur Bone; shrimp dish

Special garlic dish: Garlic karaage chicken

Malama Card special: $1 off $10 purchase


Xtreme Tacos

Contact: 808-954-5477; www.xtremetacos.com; @xtremetacos (Twitter); Xtremetacos on Facebook

On the menu: Tacos

Special garlic dish: Garlic chicken shawarma taco

Malama Card special: 5 percent off food bill


Zsoli’s Chimney Cake Hawaii

Contact: 808-631-8070 (Neighbor Island); www.chimneycakehawaii.com; @chimneycakes (Twitter)

What’s on the menu: Chimney cakes

Special garlic dish: None

Malama Card special: $1 off a chimney cake (one per card)


See our past Eat the Street coverage:

Eat the Street Pig Out!
Eat the Street May
Eat the Street April
Eat the Street Japan
Eat the Street Kaka’ako
Eat the Street debut