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From street vendors to five star dining, Oahu knows how to eat

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There is no shortage of dining options on Oahu. Your biggest problem is going to be choosing what meals to fit into your stay. Celebrate a special occasion with dinner at Roy’s, Alan Wong’s, or Chef Mavro. These three chefs present some of the island’s best fine dining at their respective locations. At the oceanfront Shorebird Restaurant, you’re the chef. Salads and side dishes come prepared for you, but the main course comes to the table raw - you grill it to your liking. It’s a fun atmosphere with a great sunset view.

 

For simpler fare, you’ll want to try a Hawaiian-style mix plate. Ono means delicious in Hawaiian, and that’s what you’ll get at Ono Hawaiian Foods, a hole-in-the-wall favored by locals. For a quirky lunch, stop by Hula Dog, where the hot dogs come in special buns with a hole toasted right into the bread. 

 

A luau is a must for first time visitors to Hawaii. There are several to choose from on Oahu, including Germaine’s, Paradise Cove, or the Royal Hawaiian Luau. All offer an exciting Polynesian show along with a buffet dinner that typically includes kalua pig, lomi salmon, teriyaki chicken, poi, and haupia (coconut pudding) for dessert. 

 

Indulge your sweet tooth with sugar coated Portuguese doughnuts called malasadas at Leonard’s or sample one of Liliha Bakery’s famous coco puffs. And of course, you can’t leave without a shave ice from Waiola Shave Ice or Matsumoto Shave Ice in Haleiwa.

 

If you’re traveling the North Shore, you’re sure to notice the shrimp trucks parked along the highway. Some may look a little sketchy, but in spite of their rough appearance, the food served out of these famous trucks is excellent. Romy's Kahuku Prawns & Shrimp is housed in a vivid red shack (not a truck) and offers up shrimp they've raised themselves. Large prawns doused in butter and garlic require plenty of napkins. 

 

If you’re lucky, your stay in the islands will coincide with an Eat the Street event. These one-night festivals draw huge crowds who come out to taste fare from the best of Oahu’s street vendors. Locations vary from event to event.