When you’re taking a scenic drive on one of the beautiful Hawaiian Islands and you’re struck with sudden hunger, do you check out one of Hawaii’s countless incredible roadside restaurants, or did you stop by the nearest convenience store or Zippy’s for your go-to lunch? Based on looks alone, it can be hard to tell if any given roadside eatery will serve up mouthwatering food, but we’re certain you won’t regret stopping at any of these 11 roadside restaurants found across the Aloha State – from Kauai’s Kuhio Highway to Hawaii Island’s
1. Hana Hou Restaurant, Naalehu
For classic Hawaiian food and mouthwatering pie near the southernmost point in the United States, check out Hana Hou Restaurant. Their macadamia nut cream pie is a local favorite - and the perfect complement to one of their mouthwatering burgers or a loco mocos.
95-1148 Naalehu Spur Road, Hilo, HI 96720
2. Mike’s Kiawe Broiled Huli Huli Chicken, Kaneohe
This popular yellow food truck off Kamehameha Highway in Kaneohe has been serving up mouthwatering chicken broiled over kiawe wood and fruit smoothies since 2010, and has quickly become a local favorite.
47-525 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe, HI 96744
3. Ulupaluakua Ranch Store & Grill, Kula
This Maui restaurant isn’t your typical roadside eatery. Located on the grounds of a vineyard and featuring a charming gift shop full of souvenirs and work from local artists, Ulupaluakua is known for their mouthwatering burgers and other deli favorites
14800 Piilani Highway, Kula, HI 96790
4. Shrimp Station, Waimea
This modest roadside seafood shack on Kauai serves up mouthwatering shrimp dishes on paper plates at picnic tables. Shrimp Station even boasts having the best coconut shrimp in Hawaii, though don’t take their word for it.
9652 Kaumualii Highway, Waimea, HI 96796
5. The Coffee Shack, Kailua-Kona
Located one mile south of the Captain Cook Post Office, this island-style coffee shop is the place to go for stellar coffee, and amazing views – after all, the lanai overlooks 26 miles of gorgeous coastline.Enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee, or a variety of special homemade pastries, pies, cakes, freshly baked bread and sandwiches.
83-5799 Mamalahoa Highway Honaunau, Hawaii 96726
6. Sandy’s Sandwiches, Haleiwa
This local lunch spot found along Oahu’s Kamehameha Highway near the popular Shark’s Cove serves up some amazing sandwiches to hungry beachgoers. Their sandwiches and salads are organic - and quite delicious. We suggest trying the chicken pesto sandwich.
59-662 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, HI 96712
7. Down The Hatch, Lahaina
An iconic Maui watering hole, Down The Hatch is the place to go on Front Street for fresh fish. Be sure to order the Lava Lava Shrimp, as well as the mouthwatering Mermaid Fries.
658 Front Street, Lahaina, HI 96761
8. Honi Wai Cafe, Mountain View
Closed Sundays and Mondays is this small country restaurant serving up sandwiches, soups, and Hawaiian dishes. The inside of this roadside eatery is positively charming, and their kalua pork nachos are absolutely heavenly.
17-937 Volcano Road, Mountain View, HI 96771
9. HI-BBQ, Kahuku
Located on the northwestern shore of Oahu is this patriotic food truck that serves up some mighty fine barbecue, including brisket, pulled pork, and ribs.
56-970 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, HI 96731
10. Braddah Hutt’s BBQ, Hana
This hole-in-the-wall eatery is - quite literally - a food truck in the middle of nowhere, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not worth the journey. The atmosphere is that of a neighborhood cookout rather than a high-class restaurant, with prices ranging from $8 to $13 for generous portions served on a paper plate with a plastic fork.
5305 Hana Highway, Hana, HI 96713
11. Chicken In A Barrel, Kapa’a
This no-frills, walk-up eatery serves up barrel-smoked chicken, pork, beef and ribs. Outdoor seating makes this the perfect spot for a casual - but delicious - lunch.
4-1586 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, HI 96746
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