56-485 Kamehameha Hwy
Kahuku, HI 96731
Two years ago my parents came across this little outdoor restaurant on the way up to North Shore. On a return visit I had to visit this place to try for my self. Goodness this food is good! The place is on the corner right across from the Kahuku high school.
Ok on to the food! Garlic Shrimp Plate ($13.00) is what all the locals rave about, and even those on Urban Spoon have said this is a must to order, so we ordered one to split. Mom never had that good of shrimp because the shrimp is fresh, fresh from the shrimp ponds up the road. You cannot even get shrimp fresh in Seattle, nor as big,. The shrimps are huge, plump, juicy and the garlic butter was not over powering of the shrimp either. Usually the shrimp in Seattle restaurants have a dry rubbery texture and swimming in liquid which is disgusting to say the least. At the price of the shrimp plate, was worth the amount. In Seattle shrimp cost twice as much for a small-sized plate and small-sized shrimp.
The menu had other things than shrimp. I ordered the Teriyaki Beef Plate ($9.50) which had melt in the mouth taste. Most of the “plates” come with macaroni salad and rice. Lots of places in Hawaii serve lunch plates like this. I’m glad it did not come with spam! Nana ordered the Health Shrimp Salad ($9.50) which had the same large shrimp as the garlic shrimp plate. The only thing different is it does not come with mac salad and rice.
The food items are large portions so splitting between two people is not uncommon. Watch out for the drink proportions because a “small” is like a medium, “medium” is a large, and “large” is an extra-large. I ended up with the small instead of the medium for a drink. After our meal the owner of the place was coming around with fresh pineapple- Dole pineapple. The guy said its great for advertising and to say thank you to all the customers for making it number one place to eat on Trip Adviser ( Urbanspoon rates it as a 90% overall). The pineapple was crisp and cold and perfect ending to our lunch.
2017 Correction: It is a cash only establishment.