Hawaii Mom Blog: What to Eat While on the North Shore of Oahu




June 15, 2020

What to Eat While on the North Shore of Oahu

Since tourism is virtually shut down thanks to COVID-19 and the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for incoming travelers (incl. local residents), a lot of residents such as ourselves have taken this opportunity to go to places around the island that are normally flooded with tourists.  One such area is the North Shore. 

Our first stop to  any visit to the North Shore is at Paalaa Kai Mini-Mart. It has a lot of prepared foods that are ideal for taking to the beach.  Many people say this is the best fried chicken on Oahu.

I discovered the Korean vegetable pancake last year and I've been buying this ever since.

After the beach, we headed to Matsumoto's Shave Ice. Usually the line is out the door and resembles a line that you would see at Disneyland, but since there are no tourists, the line was much shorter. One of my sons loves to order a "traffic light" colored shave ice (that's what he calls it) with mochi balls.

For me, I prefer to snack on an acai bowl from Island Vintage Coffee which is a few steps away from Matsumoto's. 

Before heading home, we ventured to nearby Waialua  town to check out the Waialua General Store, at the suggestion of a friend.  She said the cascarons (Filipino deep fried mochi balls) and poke were outstanding, and she was right!

We are putting Waialua General Store on our list of places to stop at whenever we go to the North Shore, and we will also be recommending this to anyone who asks us where to eat while on the North Shore!

Paalaa Kai Mini-Mart
66-1425 Kaukonahua Rd
(808) 637-9182

Matsumoto's Shave Ice
66-111 Kamehameha Hwy (Haleiwa Store Lots)
(808) 637-4827

Island Vintage Coffee
66-111 Kamehameha Hwy (9Haleiwa Store Lots)
(808) 637-5662

Waialua General Store
67-272 Goodale Ave
(808) 637-3131

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