Hawaii Food Trucks to be on Cooking Channel
Following the growing trend of roving eateries sweeping the mainland, the food truck craze has officially caught on in Hawaii over the past year. One only needs to walk down Ward Avenue (in front of Sports Authority) in Honolulu to regularly spot at least 3 trucks parked in line with portable generators humming away every Monday through Friday. Not only has the recent proliferation of food trucks that dot the streets of Los Angeles and Austin swept into Honolulu, but the Cooking Channel’s “Eat Street” is coming to document Hawaii’s street food culture. Four trucks have been selected to be filmed this week, including Soul Patrol, Opal Thai, FlipT Out Eats and Camille’s on Wheels. Soul Patrol is chef/owner Sean Priester’s first foray into the lunch wagon scene. Opened before his award winning Soul Restaurant on Waialae Avenue, Soul Patrol serves up the best fried chicken in Hawaii, bar none. For North Shore residents hankering for some food truck grinds that don’t want Kahuku shrimp, there is Opal Thai. Right across the street from Haleiwa’s McDonald, the owner is renowned for creating fantastic Thai cuisine. In an aim to bump up tourism in Hawaii, the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau pushed for the show to come film in the islands. Which begs the question, will travelers tour Hawaii for food?