Honolulu's Food Trucks

Lunch wagons, or food trucks, as they are now known around the country, have been an island staple for plate lunches for decades. With the taco-truck craze and the emergence of social media, Oahu’s fleet is growing like crazy. Some make it, some don't, but the variety and array of flavors make them hard to turn down.

You can check the trucks’ locations and daily menus on Twitter or Instagram, or try a sampling from more than two-dozen vendors at the monthly Eat the Street food-truck rally. Visit www.eatthestreethawaii.com for details. Also check out the assortment of trucks that gather for the monthly Honolulu Night Market in Kakaako, the free monthly outdoor film screenings at the iconic IBM building in Kakaako, and the assortment of food trucks that gather at the Wednesday-evening farmers' market at Blaisdell Center or the Saturday-morning market at Ward Village.

Here are some of our favorite lunch wagons:

Elena’s (www.elenasrestaurant.com) is an extension of the popular, family-run Filipino restaurant in Waipahu. There are three trucks, in Campbell, Mililani, and the airport area. Try the AFRO, an adobo–fried rice omelet, or the famous lechón (roast pork with onions and tomatoes) special.

The Girls Who Bake Next Door (www.thegirlswhobakenextdoor.com) are just that—two friends who love to bake. Their cupcakes, cookies, and other sweet treats show up at events all over Honolulu.

Chubbie's Burgers Burgers and fries, every which way. Sometimes the staff even set up tables and chairs and play some music. (www.chubbiesburgers.com).

Sweet Revenge (www.sweetrevengehonolulu.com) serves up pies of all types, all in the individual size, and all for around $8. Everything from quiche to chicken potpie to s'mores pies and chocolate Twix pies.

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