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Big Shrimpin'! Our guide to North Shore Oahu shrimp trucks and stands



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Big Wave Shrimp


The impressive mounds of fresh garlic on our Big Wave shrimp plate got us almost as excited as the appealingly pungent "stinking rose" aroma. Taste, though, was a different story. The shrimp here were sweet and buttery, but surprisingly very little garlic flavor came through unless we piled garlic on our bites of shrimp and rice. Too mellow for us. 

Visible garlic:
   A

Visible butter:   A

Overall taste:  C+

Shrimp per plate:   9

65-521 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa • (808) 630-3171 • Website


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Macky's Sweet Shrimp Truck

The garlic and butter shrimp at Macky's confused us. There was very little buttery flavor or visible butter. We could see bits of garlic, though tasted little of it. And the restrained dusting of garlic topping had a salty, umami flavor reminiscent of Southeast Asian cuisine. Tasty stuff if we had a craving for Vietnamese food, but nowhere near the buttery or garlicky bliss we expected. Ideal for non-traditionalists.

Visible garlic:
   C

Visible butter:  D+

Overall taste:   B

Shrimp per plate: 9

66-632 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa • (808) 780-1071


Photos: Dawn Sakamoto Sugar + Shake blog for HAWAII Magazine; Derek Paiva (pg. 1, top only)


(This feature was originally published in the November/December 2013 issue of HAWAII Magazine.)


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