If you’re visiting Hawaii, you obviously need to go and try a shrimp truck on the north side of da island. Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck is infamous – I’d be shocked if you haven’t heard of them. I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of food trucks as the ones back home are pretty terrible but I have enjoyed the ones in California. Hawaii seems to have a ton everywhere, especially in the Haleiwa area, so we were bound to try a few out.
We were originally going to go to Cafe Haleiwa after going out surfing (Puaena Point for any noobs that are curious) but when we were looking for parking, we ended up parking where all the food trucks were. This area is cramped and full – send a small prayer to the food gods that you can find a spot. There’s about 7 food trucks in total and we actually tried three of them while we were there. Nice way to sample a variety of different cuisines.
Giovanni’s was first on the list and they were definitely the busiest. The menu is small (three shrimp options to choose from), the lineup moves quickly and they give you a number ticket for your order. There’s some benches to eat at but beware of the flies.
Shrimp scampi ($13.00)
A dozen shrimp marinated in olive oil, fresh chopped garlic, and lemon butter. Served with two scoops of rice that is drizzled with garlic lemon butter and caramelized garlic. This is the OG dish that’s made them famous. We shared and have to say the shrimp were pretty solid. Not drenched in butter like our first shrimp truck experience, these were tasty. If you like garlic, you’ll be one happy camper.
There’s a reason Giovanni’s is popular with both the locals and tourists. Just wish I had known you could do half-orders ($6.50 for six) because we would have done that to try the two other flavours out! Bah. Oh well, we know for next time.
Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck
66-472 Kamehameha Hwy