The 2016-2017 Winter Surf Season is almost here. The HIC Pro holding period has already begun and the flocks of professional surfers are slowly arriving to the North Shore of Oahu. Despite my extreme displease for crowds and bumper to bumper traffic, I have to say winter on the north shore is exciting. Pro surfers shredding the waves, adrenaline pumping surf, celebrity sightings, surf contests every week, and the anticipation of the Eddie Aikau contest makes me brave the minor unpleasantries.
As the international surf craze continues to grow, so does the development and businesses on the north shore along with some new restaurants and eateries. Here are a few of my new Foodie Finds on the North Shore of Oahu.
This food truck located near Shark’s Cove on Kamehameha Hwy serves some delicious Thai food. They use locally sourced produce, much of it from farms within 10 miles of the north shore. They grow their own Thai basil, holy basil, mint, Thai chilis, and lemon grass. The prices are reasonable, portions are large, and the food is made fresh.
This fruit bowl and smoothie shop with California roots has just opened their first location on Oahu right next to the Chevron gas station near Sunset Beach. Handcrafted bowls and smoothies are made with quality non-GMO ingredients. The menu here is extensive and the bowls and smoothies are huge. Banzai Bowls is my new favorite after-surf treat!
I was excited to hear that Uncle Bo’s opened a second location in Haleiwa town. This modern casual dining restaurant serves up delicious gourmet food. The menu is extensive from local items such as poke and sashimi, Kalua pig sliders and pizza, to full seafood entrees and pasta. This place is great for big groups for pupus and drinks or that couple’s date night.
It was sad to see Ola at Turtle Bay Resort go out, but nice to see an oldie but goodie Roy’s come in and take its place. This casual yet upscale open-air restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. You really can’t go wrong ordering the signature Roy’s dish Misoyaki Butterfish and dining beachside.