A few years ago, when my husband and I were honeymooning in Maui, we made a challenge for ourselves: to visit all of the accessible Hawaiian islands. So, after Maui we did Kauai, and most recently, we did Oahu.
We had both been to Oahu before, but this was the first time we traveled there together. Our vacationing style is this: sleep in, stay active, and taste the food you can only get in that place! We're both foodies (clearly) so today I'm sharing our favorite dining spots on the island of Oahu. Some of the spots were our own discovery, and others were bucket list items because they've been featured on popular TV shows or are otherwise well known. In any case, if you're traveling to the island of Oahu, here are some spots you should check out...
1. Leonard's Bakery - We stumbled on a Leonard's food truck after spending a day snorkeling in Hanauma Bay. We were both hungry, so we started off with burgers (more below) and finished our meal with the most delicious dessert I've tasted in who knows how long: Cinnamon Malsadas! If you aren't familiar with malasadas (and I wasn't), they're are a type of fried dough--kind of like beignets. They can be rolled in cinnamon or sugar, glazed, or they can have a filling.
They're originally from Portugal, and they taste like magic. We were so impressed with the malasadas that we talked about franchising a food truck, and we made a special trip to the only other Leonard's location on the island before catching our flight home. (There are only three in the world: the food cart we visited after snorkeling, the Honolulu bakery we visited before our flight, and one in Tokyo). Dozens of tourists were there to snap photos in front of the old-school sign. We tried different malsadas, but cinnamon remained our favorite, with regular sugar coming in a close second. Here's my point: if you're in Oahu, you must go to Leonard's.
2. Giovanni's Shrimp Truck: We came here because it was listed as one of Buzzfeed's most popular food trucks - and for good reason. The shrimp is freshly caught, cooked in olive oil, fresh herbs, and butter. And the food truck vibe is cool, if you're looking for an authentic local experience that really delivers. We visited the truck in the North Shore while on our way to Turtle Bay.
3. Teddy's Bigger Burgers: Teddy's is a small chain that started with two guys, Ted and Rich, having backyard barbecues in Hawaii. The burger options have aloha flair - lots of pineapple, smoked pork, and Kilauea BBQ sauce. At Teddy's, burgers take a little longer, but they're well worth the wait because everything is freshly cooked. They use high quality meat and source as much as possible locally. To quote my husband, a burger connoisseur, "Teddy's is one of my favorite burger experiences ever!" Teddy's locations are all over the Hawaiian Islands... check them out here: TBB locations.
4. Goofy's Restaurant: When we landed in Hawaii, we asked a local where to eat. She said, "you have to try two places: Eggs & Things and Goofy's in Honolulu!" From the outside, Goofy's didn't look like anything spectacular, but it was one of my favorite dining experiences because it the hidden charm and local flair on the inside. For example, they provide a map of where every single food item is sourced and they're all sourced around the Hawaiian islands! We went for breakfast and they brought out our organic eggs in our own mini cast iron skillets. The food was fresh and simple and the restaurant had so many amazing, healthy options! If you're in Oahu, check out Goofy's for clean, delicious eats and organic, locally-sourced faire.
5. Eggs & Things: This was another local suggestion, and for good reason. Eggs & Things was packed, but the food was classic and delicious. It reminded me of a 50's diner. They had the fluffiest buttermilk pancake, coconut cream syrup, and really really good coffee! This is a great spot for breakfast if you're in Waikiki, but be sure to get there early to beat the long lines!
6. Banan: If you're looking for a dairy-free treat while hitting the streets or beaches in Waikiki, you have to check out Banana. They use local Hawaiian bananas to make a dairy-free, gluten-free soft serve! It was SO tasty! They serve bowls, smoothies, and ice cream.