Kauai’s Coolest Food Trucks

Aloha! Prepare your taste buds as we discover the coolest food trucks on this tropical island. With mouthwatering flavors and experience the true essence of island cuisine can be found in over two dozen food trucks. These mobile kitchens on wheels are not just a passing trend; they are the epitome of coolness and culinary innovation. Pull up to one of our many food truck courts throughout the island with a vibrant array of food trucks, each one boasting a unique cuisine that tantalizes the senses. The air is filled with mouthwatering aromas, drawing you in like a moth to a flame. From sizzling tacos to juicy burgers, spicy Thai food to BBQ and chicken, savoring sushi to shave ice, these trucks have it all.

As you set foot on our tropical paradise, your appetites awaken, anticipating the delectable delights that lie ahead. First on our radar is the legendary “Big Monster Sushi,” a food truck tucked away under the banyan tree in old Koloa Town. With a menu that boasts a fusion of Hawaiian and international flavors, this truck is a culinary oasis. Picture yourself sinking your teeth into a succulent one of their large sushi rolls or taking a bite into a fresh poke bowl. If you are a vegan, they have a variety of veggies on the menu to choose from, the veggie sushi rolls are the best!

The “D Green’s BBQ” truck, adorned with vibrant pig, instantly transports us to the world off BBQ. The charismatic owner, a surfer-chef named Darren, welcomes us with a laid-back aloha spirit and introduces us to his unique creations. As I approached, I could see flames leaping from the grill, dancing with the succulent cuts of meat. The master behind the grill, a culinary warrior, skillfully wielded his spatula and tongs, creating a mouthwatering symphony of sizzles and cracks. Smoke billows from its grill, wafting through the air, and teasing your nostrils. The aroma of slow-cooked, tender ribs marinated in a secret sauce is irresistible. One bite, and you’re transported to the heart of the Deep South, where BBQ is a way of life. The smoky flavor, the melt-in-your-mouth texture, and the tangy BBQ sauce make it a feast fit for a carnivorous king. With a flourish, he served me juicy, perfectly marinated ribs that melted in my mouth, leaving behind a trail of smoky goodness. We can’t resist trying the lychee wood smoked pork, chicken and beef potato salad and delicious coleslaw. The Hawaiian BBQ pulled pork sandwich, topped with tangy pineapple salsa and nestled between fluffy buns. The explosion of flavors will transport you to a tropical paradise with every bite. Each bite is a symphony of flavors, with the tender pork melting in our mouths, perfectly complemented by the sweet and tangy smokey taste. It’s like riding a wave of flavors, a true celebration of local BBQ cuisine. Classic BBQ with brisket, links, baked beans, and a slice of bread. Darren knows how to BBQ. Ribs that fall off the bone, pulled pork, tangy and spicy BBQ sauce, and homemade hot sauce makes this joint a fan favorite on Kauai.

As we ventured to the coastal town of Poipu, we stumble upon a food truck that promises to satisfy our cravings for all things sweet and indulgent. The ” Waikomo Shave Ice” is in a trailer near the famous Da Crack Mexican take-out window. Some say this is the best shave ice on Kauai. Their flavors, fluffy ice, and bits of fruit make for a refreshing experience. A short drive from Poipu Beach.  We can’t resist trying the “Loco Coco Bowl” a luscious concoction of creamy coconut ice cream, drizzled with warm caramel sauce, and topped with a sprinkle of toasted macadamia nuts. Each spoonful is a tropical delight, with the velvety ice cream melting in our mouths, and the crunchy Coconut shavings adding a delightful texture served in a coconut. It’s like diving into a pool of tropical sweetness, a true paradise for dessert lovers, especially on a hot day in paradise. A perfect spot on the way to Lihue Airport for your morning flight off the island or if heading to Kalapaki Beach from the airport. The “Aloha Liege Waffle” food truck offers excellent Belgian-inspired waffles served all day, a friendly staff, and espresso to start your morning off right. Only 2 miles from the airport. Look for the black trailer with umbrellas. If you’re looking for something sweet with your coffee, their waffles with heaps of toppings won’t disappoint. Our next stop on this culinary journey takes us to the bustling streets of Kapaa Town, where we stumble upon a food truck that immediately captures our attention. Painted in vibrant hues of blue and green, the “Al Pastor Taco’s” truck exudes an irresistible charm. As we approach, the tantalizing aroma of spices filling the air, beckoning us closer. The friendly owner, an islander named Fawn, greets us with a warm smile and introduces us to her island-inspired creations. We can’t resist trying their fish tacos, quesadillas, burritos and more. The tacos are the best with a fiery fusion of succulent shrimp marinated in a secret blend of spices, topped with a zesty mango salsa that ignites our taste buds with a burst of tropical flavors. As we savor each bite, the crispy outer layer of the shrimp gives way to a juicy explosion of flavor, transporting us to a culinary paradise. It’s like a fiery volcano erupting in our mouths, leaving us craving for more. The moment you take your first bite of their zesty fish tacos, your taste buds explode with a symphony of flavors. The combination of crispy fish, tangy salsa, and a hint of lime takes you on a culinary journey to the sunny beaches of Mexico.
We can’t leave the island of Kauai without indulging in the sweet offerings of “Small Town Coffee.” This food truck is a coffee cafe, serving fresh coffee and baked treats that will uplift your day as you cruise the beachside paradise. Sink your teeth into a creamy pastry, topped with toasted coconut flakes and a latte. It’s a taste sensation that will make your taste buds dance with delight. As the sun rises on our food truck adventure every morning, we realize that Kauai is not only a haven for natural beauty but also waking up with coffee in paradise. The coolest food trucks on this island offer an array of flavors that will leave you craving for more, however this little truck will get you ready to enjoy everything else. As we traverse Kauai’s only highway, let us venture to the sun-kissed shores of Hanalei, where we stumble upon a food truck that promises to share the roots of Kauai, “Holey Grail Donuts.” This food truck is a treasure trove of culture and coffee. Brace yourself for a Hawaiian rollercoaster ride as you savor their signature dish, the “taro donuts.” These sweet delights are filled with mouthwatering kalo, fried with our signature donut batter that will set your taste buds ablaze. On Kauai, the sizzling summer heat was no match for the fiery flavors that awaited me at the food truck rally. As I made my way through the bustling crowd, the tantalizing aromas of exotic spices and smoky barbecues danced in the air, beckoning me closer. The food trucks, like colorful warriors, stood proudly, ready to conquer my taste buds with their culinary delights. I couldn’t help but marvel at the sheer diversity of cuisines on display. The food trucks were like a fleet of epic voyagers, each one boasting its own unique culinary treasure. From sizzling tacos that promised to transport me to the vibrant streets of Mexico, to the rooted “taro donuts” that whispered tales of Hanalei’s lands.
The food trucks on Kauai were not just vendors of sustenance; they were the gatekeepers to a world of flavors that awakened my senses and ignited my spirit. So, the next time you find yourself craving an extraordinary culinary experience, seek out the food trucks that roam the little towns of Kauai. Let them be your guides to their humble kitchens where lies a world of flavors waiting to be shared. Embrace the appreciation of diversity, embrace the flavors, and embark on a foodie voyage that will leave you craving for more here in paradise. With each bite, you feel like an explorer discovering uncharted flavor territories. Kauai’s food trucks are cool because they share diverse cultures, flavors, and stories. They are a melting pot of culinary creativity, where traditional recipes are reimagined, and new taste sensations are born. These mobile kitchens are more than just a place to grab a quick bite; they are a hub of community and connection. As you savor each mouthful, you can’t help but strike up conversations with fellow food enthusiasts, sharing stories and recommendations. So, my fellow food truck lovers, the next time you spot a food truck, don’t hesitate to dive headfirst into the world of foodie wonders. Follow your nose, trust your taste buds, and let the food trucks take you on a Hawaiian ride through a universe of flavors. After all, in this realm of culinary excitement, every meal is an adventure waiting to be devoured.