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  • Monday 07:00 AM - 02:00 PM
  • Tuesday 07:00 AM - 02:00 PM
  • Wednesday 07:00 AM - 02:00 PM
  • Thursday 07:00 AM - 02:00 PM
  • Friday 07:00 AM - 02:00 PM
  • Saturday 07:00 AM - 02:00 PM
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  • Hawaiian

When you venture to the North Shore, Da Bald Guy food truck is a must-go destination. Located in the Kahuku Sugar Mill parking lot in Kahuku, Chef James Martin and his father, Leonard Nombris, cook delicious Hawaiian-inspired food with the freshest seafood and produce available.

Hawaii has a tradition of the plate lunch, a main protein with two scoops of rice and a scoop of macaroni salad, and Da Bald Guy serves some of the best plate lunches on the island. The line can be long, especially since the Netflix Street Food episode and The Great Food Truck Race on the Food Network, but it goes quickly, and soon, you will be digging into some of the tastiest food you have ever had.

Chef James combines his knowledge of Hawaiian culture and food with his experiences in other restaurants to bring the unique flavors you won’t get anywhere else. The truck opens at 6 am and closes at 2 pm or until they sell out of everything. The Fried Poke Plate is one of the favorites of the truck and its patrons. This is Chef James’ twist on the normal raw poke found all over the island. Instead, he pan-fries the seasoned tuna with caramelized onions, drizzles it with a flavorful aioli and teriyaki sauce and tops it with furikake.

Other favorites are the Boneless Galbi, boneless beef marinated for over 24 hours in a Korean kalbi sauce and slowly cooked til mouthwateringly tender, and the Peeled Garlic Shrimp, 11 peeled shrimp sauteed with the truck’s special garlic butter sauce, they are lip-smacking good. And if you are having trouble deciding, you can get a combo plate of two selections with the rice and macaroni salad.

You can start your day off right with a breakfast plate at the food truck. They open early, at 6 am, and serve breakfast every day until 10 am. All the breakfast plates come with rice and eggs. You can choose from the popular Galbi, the BBQ Rib-eye Steak, Sausage, a Crabmeat Omelet and the ever-popular Spam served two ways: plain and with teriyaki sauce and furikake. The lunch menu is available all day so you can have one of the tasty lunch items not on the breakfast menu, too.

Da Bald Guy, Chef James, has been serving Hawaiians and tourists for years and is even expanding. The flavors of the food from this truck are bringing people from all over the world. Chef James uses only the freshest ingredients and his unique takes on Hawaiian dishes. If you are in Hawaii on the North Shore of Oahu, you have to make sure that you plan a trip to Da Bald Guy’s food truck. You might even get to meet Da Bald Guy himself. The lines can get long, and because it is a food truck, they run out of items, so be aware of this and try to get there early.

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  • Suzi Hambruch
    Suzi Hambruch
    a month ago

    Stopped here on a recommendation and it didn’t disappoint. Arrived right before closing but staff was nice. Chopped steak was delicious! Yummy Mac salad! I don’t expect much atmosphere from a food truck so not going to knock it for that. Seating was fine.

  • Omar Ramos
    Omar Ramos
    4 months ago

    Great local spot featured on Netflix’s Oahu’s Food Trucks. The hype is totally right for once. The portions were huge, lots of flavor and a definite must do while in Oahu. Be patient because the place does get busy but it’s worth it. I had the steak plate while my friends had the fish and shrimp dishes. All of them were amazing. I’m not a fish type of guy, but the spicy salmon was actually delicious. The prices are decent for Hawaiian prices. So, be ready.

  • Paul Nguyen (Dukie Travels)

    this place was recommended by a friend. was told this truck was featured on a Netflix episode. we drove 1hr 11m from Waikiki to try it out. It was okay. We tried the garlic shrimp & chopped steak plate. kalbi was sold out and the furikake fish was sold out. it wasn't that busy when we arrived around 11am on a weekday but by the time it was our turn they wouldn't allow us to do a combo plate anymore. my buddy had the pan fried poke and he said it was good. The food is good but not worth going out of the way for. steak plate had nothing special about it I've had other steak plates that are better. the Mac salad wasn't as good as it looked. I think rainbow drive in is better. garlic shrimp is solid but there are other places just as good but closer to Waikiki. I guess I had really high expectations for this place but it didn't deliver. at least we gave it a try.

  • Cassie
    Cassie
    3 months ago

    Got the combo platter of pan fried poke (definitely suggest the spicy variation) and beef. Both delicious - would say the beef was very reminiscent of Korean Galbi gim and super tender. We arrived around 11:30am on a Friday, and by noon, we overheard from the cashier they sold out of the shrimp. So if that’s what your vying for, you should definitely plan to arrive before then

  • atreus solis
    atreus solis
    5 months ago

    This place had the best poke. I tried the garlic shrimp, pan fried poke, crusted fresh fish and chopped steak and they were all very delicious. The portions are huge and come with rice and mac salad. Get there early as they run out of food, and the seating section is small but there’s plenty of benches near by. I highly recommend this place!!

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