When looking for good food in Hawaii if you ask anyone where to eat on the North Shore of Oahu [averagetraveller.com] they’ll probably point you at the shrimp trucks in the town of Kahuku. While the shrimp trucks are good, my favorite roadside food stop in Kahuku is Tita’s Grill and Catering. More of a roadside food shack than a truck, Tita’s offers a broad range of classic Hawaiian fare.
Just 10 minutes North of the Polynesian Cultural Center, we decided to skip the famous but pricey Cultural Center Luau and try Tita’s Grill for some of the most popular food in Hawaii: garlic shrimp and plate lunches. Arriving around 6pm on a weeknight we found plenty of space at the patio tables, although there was a bit of a line-up with many people getting take-out. I was looking forward to trying some of their famous Polynesian bread, but when the person in front of us in line asked for a loaf they were told that they had sold out for the day. They had one loaf left that had a large air pocket in it so they gave it to them for free. We just missed out!
In the end not getting the bread was probably for the best as the serving sizes at Tita’s are enormous. I tried the Kila Moco which is basically the everything on it Loco Moco. 2 scoops of rice, 2 homemade burger patties topped with 2 fried eggs(!), 2 portions of fried spam, Portuguese sausage, mac salad, and a big ladle of brown gravy. I shouldn’t have eaten it all, but I did with very little effort. I don’t ever want to find out what how many calories from fat come in that foam box. Seriously, please don’t tell me. What I do know is that the yummy count is through the roof!
There was a bit of a wait for our food after we ordered it, but there were a lot of take-out orders ahead of us and I suspect a single cook in the kitchen pushing everything out. Despite that, with plenty of parking, friendly service, huge portions, and good food Tita’s Grill is an easy recommendation for me to make! Plus they gave us free chocolate cake (which we ate back in the hotel that night). More pics below the map.
Food in Hawaii: Tita’s Grill and Catering
56-485 Kamehameha Hwy,
Kahuku, HI, United States
Mon-Fri 7 am – 7 pm
Sat 7 am – 4 pm