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Giovanni's Shrimp Truck

56-505 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, HI
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  • Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
    Wayde's World Hawaii
    5 Aug 04, 2012

    Here at Wayde's World Hawaii it's all about the little dives and budget grindz you can get around Oahu...We know GIOVANNI'S is no secret, it's the MOST FAMOUS food Truck of them all. This was the first Shrimp truck I went to all those many years ago in the 90's and you know what...I would make it my last if my life ever took me off these islands.

    If you're going to talk or review the MOST FAMOUS Shrimp Truck on the North Shore of Oahu you should make it a point to know a little something actually about it, their history and their shrimp!

    Like most of the Shrimp Trucks in Kahuku most of the shrimp on Oahu's north shore come from Shrimp Farms which is a well-known shrimp aquaculture area. You can't miss all the Shrimp Farm Pools while driving through the small town. These shrimp you are eating are not coming from some thriving underwater ecosystem from the pacific ocean...sorry. Even so all the Shrimp trucks in Kahuku are good, but Gio's has always been just a little bit ahead of the others.

    GIO's is best known for their GARLIC SHRIMP SCAMPI...Second in line are the LEMON BUTTER SHRIMP and the INSANE HOT & SPICY...if you get this you better love and be able to handle HOT...there are no refunds! Their Shrimp dishes have gone up over the years...I remember when their prices had been far cheaper, but the world changes, inflation and all and now you have a $13.00 Shrimp Plate. Do I believe their price reflects partially because of it's name...YES...about $3.00 more then it should be charging, but even so the Shrimp are still the best on the North Shore if you are a Choke Garlic Lovah! You can buy a soft drink here or you can hit up the SMOOTHIE TRUCK next door which I always do...Banana/Coconut is my my Fav, but there are so many combo's you will find something you like! If you get the change don't miss out on the BBQ CORN which is another little venue in the back...so while you are with your group send someone to get the shrimp plates, someone to get smoothies and someone to get some yummy BBQ CORN! (I will be reviewing these two locations so watch for them on my guide to Oahu)

    Gio's started business from a small bread truck back in the early 90's, but they didn't have it parked all day...they drove it around the North Shore stopping at all different locations a few hours at a time...This was the first shrimp truck on the North Shore and a MOBILE ONE AT THAT! After word spread around the island they choose to park the shrimp truck and have the customers come to them in the late 90's. Once business picked up they bought a second truck which is parked across from McDonald's in Haleiwa Town, along with other shrimp trucks, but many either don't know this or don't care because they wish to go to the original one in Kahuku...

    About 12 years ago Gio's became SO POPULAR they just couldn't manage the Orders and so retired the original Shrimp truck. For the past 12 years or so the New TRUCK in Kahuku has been serving LARGE AMOUNT OF CUSTOMERS...so many that Gio's built a Pavilion for them to protect everyone from the sun and inclement weather if it came by.

    I have been coming here for almost 20 years now and it's just a place you feel at home...I love coming here, bringing friends and visitors...it's just the place to bring them when you think of the North Shore for grindz...There is always a sense of joy here...a place of memories that I love returning to. Every time I bite into one of those juicy, garlic butter shrimp I can't help but think of yesteryear...Just nothing beats it.

    NOTE: DON'T FORGET TO LEAVE YOUR NAME ON THE TRUCK with a marker! You can't miss "WAYDE'S WORLD HAWAII" on there!

    open till 5 so get here by 4:30...they are one HAWAIIAN TIME HERE!

    Recommended for:History Buffs
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  • Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
    Daisy N
    5 Jul 24, 2012

    SOOOOO GOOOOOD! Love this place! Garlic slathered huge shrimp served with rice. This is a must do when you are in Oahu! We come here each time we are on the island! I'm craving it now!

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  • Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
    Nathan Nowack
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Shrimp trucks in Hawaii are becoming a big popular thing. There are tons up on the north shore and North East side of Oahu. They are all about the same, but some have different choices. I personally like the spicy ones, usually called Volcano sauce. But again, you can't go wrong for how many shrimp you get in one order. Great value. Not the nicest places, or biggest areas to sit, but they have their personal touches. Giovanni's was one of the first. So I would definitely start here.

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    hanwook
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Great big shrimp. Piles of garlic. The "hot" is really spicy even for me, but if you like spicy its worth the try. Its on the expensive side, but it was worth going once.

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    Fumi James Langston
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Yummy! it is a MUST thing to do, if you visit North Shore. Flavor, taste, smell... everything is perfect!

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  • Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
    Rachel Slough Eastin
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    After visiting all of the beaches along the north shore you need to get in the car and stop at one of those roadside food vendors for a coconut! They will cut it for you and put a straw in it. After drinking that you need to get in the car and stop at Giovanni's Shrimp Truck and you will be in heaven! Best, most buttery shrimp ever!

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  • Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
    cece
    3 Jul 05, 2012

    You should try it as it's one of the must tries on the island. But honestly I think all the shrimp trucks taste the same. Be sure to leave a marking on the truck somewhere! :)

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  • Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
    Gerard R Tischio
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Keep your eyes out for a Giovanni's white food truck on the left heading East. Don't leave without a plate of his garlic shrimp, delicious, reasonable and plentiful.

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  • Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
    Ben
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Shrimp are just about the most prefect bite sized foods that can be plumed from the depths of the ocean. Thanks to a thriving underwater ecosystem, the shrimp offered up around the islands are very fresh and hearty. They are served with gusto at all the major restaurants around Hawaii, but no matter how they try and fancy them up, it's hard to beat the shrimp served up on the North Shore by Giovanni's Aloha Shrimp. Smothered in garlic butter, these delectable treats are more than worth trying out, and at just over ten dollars for a dozen, are sure to be the best value and taste of any shrimp dish you will have in Hawaii.

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  • Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
    ualfadawn
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    On the north side,there is the most amazing food-you'd never guess it.If you love shrimp,if you love garlic this mecca!Just look at pic, and your mouth waters!

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  • Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
    Nam Nguyen
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Garlic....butter...giant prawns....rice.

    Am I in heaven?

    Close-- I've just found myself hunkered down at one of Giovanni's picnic tables with a heaping plate of goodness in front of me.

    No trip to O'ahu is complete without this drive off of Kam Highway to the best shrimp truck on the islands. Don't let the competitors fool you. Yes, you'll see several other trucks along the way out to Giovanni's but fight the urge and press on to the original--you won't regret it. In fact, Giovanni's has a location in Haleiwa but it just doesn't have the same charm as this flagship location.

    Giovanni's menu offers several variations of their white shrimp and even has a garlic hot dog. But I'm a purest and always order the Scampi. Buttery, garlicy, and hot off of the grills. I chuckle when I read reviews that others claim to be able to make Scampi better than Giovanni's. But hey, if you truly got those skills, open a truck in Northern California and this gal will be your number one customer.

    My advice, grab TONS of napkins (heck, break out the Wet Naps) and pack a few cold ones to go along with your Giovanni's Goodness---YUM!! Our favorite pairing with a Giovanni's meal? Cold Red Strip and cheap sparkling wine

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  • Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
    Phung Nguyen
    5 Jan 09, 2014

    Hands down the best shrimp truck on the island.

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  • Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
    Donna
    5 Oct 27, 2013

    you can smell the truck a mile away
    awesome shrimp

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    Miko L
    5 Jul 30, 2013
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    Debbie W
    3 Jul 30, 2013
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    Ana M
    5 Jul 26, 2013

    The best place for garlic shrimp

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  • Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
    Lily Rodriguez
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    5 May 28, 2013

    finger lickin good. you must try when in town.

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    Keiko N
    3 May 27, 2013

    Everybody loves Giovanni's Shrimp. Don't miss it!

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    Kahea K
    5 May 08, 2013

    Best Shrimp in the North Shore - only a 5 miles from the house.

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    Brew R
    5 May 06, 2013
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4.5 out of 5
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The Oahu North Shore is famous for a lot of things. It has a unique surf culture that lends a trendy feel to the entire area, it is home to some of the best and biggest surfing breaks in the entire world, and it offers up some of the best shrimp anywhere from the comfort of a number of "shrimp trucks." If you normally wouldn't consider buying your lunch/dinner from a truck, this is a great place ... read more
to forever change that bias. Giovanni's Aloha Shrimp in particular breaks the mold by offering up absolutely delectable food from the cramped quarters of a restaurant on wheels. Smothered in garlic butter, and priced to sell, one bite of the seafood offered at Giovanni's is sure to pleasantly surprise patrons who stop in and give dining here a chance.

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