North Shore, Oahu is one of our most favorite family vacation destinations. Often times we find that the small food stands, trucks and stores are the best places to find the freshest more tasty foods. We last visited in Spring of 2016 and here are my Top 5 Tastiest Treats in North Shore!
Matsumoto Shave Ice
Matsumoto Shave Ice is a state in Haleiwa. Smalls are plenty and there are tons of different flavors. Matsumoto’s has evolved into a sundries type of store and they also sell souvenirs and tee shirts. The surrounding buildings are being renovated to create a courtyard atmosphere but right now there are a few ratty benches outside the store to sit and enjoy your shave ice.
Island Vintage Coffee
Island Coffee is a newer coffee shop in downtown Haleiwa that offers up some delicious brew and rustic breakfast and lunch dishes for a quick bite to eat. The shop also has tables inside but it was nice to take our coffee outside and people watch. Early mornings are the best time to visit when Haleiwa is still quiet and the shops along the main street are just opening up.
Crispy Grindz is a small food truck along Kamehameha highway that serves the best acai bowls. Pronounced ah-sigh-ee, acai is a fruit blend that is native to Brazil. Crispy Grindz creates different bowls with different toppings that include fresh fruit, coconut and granola. It’s fresh, not too sweet and a light snack to partake on especially hot days on the North Shore. Parking can be tricky but there are tables to eat at so if it takes you a bit to find a parking spot, you can enjoy your treat right next to the food truck.
Ted’s Bakery does plate lunches but they are known for their delicious pies. The shop is just outside of Haleiwa and off the Kamehameha highway with plenty of parking and tables to eat. Try the chocolate haupia pie or macadamia upside down cake!
Foodland may be an unusual choice because it’s a local grocery store but it has delicious fresh poke and produce. It’s a great spot to shop for lunch and dinner or for snacks to take to the beach. Sign up for the frequent visitor card even if you don’t live on the island. You can save quite a bit of money!