Warm sun, sandy beaches, crisp water, and GOOD FOOD? This is what the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii is made of. It’s a crowd favorite and now I know why. What are the best things to eat here? My best friend, Brooke, and I had two goals for our adventure: to relax and to eat. (Yes, we are pretty easy to please.) The island life and food were more than impressive. Not only did we dine at each of these places several times, but have tried to re-create these masterpieces at home because we loved them that much. Let’s just say that we’re grateful for good cooks and plane tickets.
Sprout Sandwich Shop
This place deserved it’s own post and here is why. The combination of fresh, healthy ingredients in each unique, handmade sandwich is incredible! I haven’t been to a better tasting sandwich shop in my foodie career (a.k.a. life). It is amazing! Whether you’re feeling savory or sweet, hearty or light, these sandwiches will not leave you dissatisfied. Favorite menu items: Floater & Sproutwich sandwiches.
First things first: @haliewabowls. That’s all I have to say. This account will make you crave Hawaii and acai bowls like nothing other. That being said, yes this place makes the *best* acai bowls that you will ever eat! My friends and I took a trip last summer and bought one every single day of our trip. Yes, they are that amazing. We still talk and dream about these pieces of deletable art. Acai bowls have become a trend over the last couple of years, but Haleiwa Bowls has mastered the perfect ratio of ingredients. Plus, what’s better than enjoying one of these bowls while chilling on the beach? Nothing I tell you. Favorite menu items: Blend Bowl with regular toppings and added raspberries and chia.
The Beet Box Cafe
If you’re like me, though you love treats and enjoying yourself, my stomach does begin to get angry with me by the end of vacations. All the unhealthy food becomes hard to deal with! Luckily, the North Shore is home to one of the best healthy joints around. The Beet Box Cafe is a tasty, organic, authentic eatery with menu options for everyone. From burritos to salads and avocado toast to smoothies, this restaurant will make you tummy happy. Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or a meat lover, they’ve got all the healthy options for your pallet. Favorite menu items: Burrito Babe, Beet Box Salad, and “Hello” Burger.
Island Vintage Coffee Company
On the corner of Haleiwa Store Lots lies this classy coffee joint. To be honest, Brooke and I walked by this place multiple times simply because we only thought it served drinks. Once we took a second to walk in, we saw that this wasn’t short of amazing. An everything bagel sandwiches smoked salmon, capers, spinach, sprouts, locally grown tomatoes and dill green onion cream cheese creating one of the best lox bagels I’ve ever had. Another favorite treat we found on the North Shore was the locally made Coconut Peanut Butter. Yes you heard me right. Wow; and this place makes a sandwich with it! Hot panini with mango/papaya, honey, walnut-cranberry bread, and coconut peanut butter. Just try and imagine that party in your mouth. Favorite menu items: Lox of Bagel, Fresh Mango and Peanut Butter
Two words to describe Kono’s: good vibes. It’s such a chill-living, surfer dude-ing, yummy eating joint that everyone can love. Nestled in one of the popular town squares on the main road, this place is small in size, but big in personality. My favorite part (besides the food), are the employees. They were so helpful in assisting this indecisive food lover choose what she wanted to stuff her face with. Filled with breakfast and lunch foods alike, they even add a side of Maui Onion chips! My favorite!!! Favorite menu items: Avocado Veggie Wrap.
In the mood for treats and homemade goods? Yes this is the place for you. A bakery on a beach? Sign. Me. Up. I wanted to go back everyday and try something new. They’ve got everything from treats to sandwiches, and everything is homemade right in the shop. One of the best parts about this bakery is the vibe. The colorful interior and exterior make for a fun, inviting, happy visit any day of the week. Favorite menu items: homemade vanilla ice cream sandwiched between the Beach Comber and Coconut Dream cookies.
Matsumoto Shave Ice
I’m not filled with Oahu’s North Shore history knowledge, but I can guess that Matsumoto’s shaped this town. This shaved ice is known for miles and landmasses away. There is a reason that the line is always out the door and that every other shaved ice shop tries to feed off of this place. It’s a staple for this part of town! Melt-in-your-mouth, refreshing bowl of shaved ice is just one plane ticket away. What’s neat is that they have a flavor that not a lot others have: lilikoi, or passion fruit.
When a restaurant says Farm to Table, they should probably compare themselves to Kahuku Farms. This is definition of Farm to Table. They use all their ingredients straight from their own farm that is about 10 steps away. You can smell the freshness. It feels as if you grew the greens and are sitting down, eating and enjoying all of your hard work. The perfect definition of outdoor cafe. It gives you a sense of great gratitude for these people’s dedication and hard work to create wholesome, organic, healthy meals. Thank you farmers everywhere! Favorite menu items: Grilled Veggie Panini Sandwich and Farm Pizza.
Hello to yummy Dole Whip. On a waffle cone with a fresh piece of pineapple? Yes please! Refreshing, tart, sweet, and tasty is what this treat is all about. Take some licks while you take a tour around the pineapple plantation and learn about how crazy long it takes to grow one of these beautiful fruits. Favorite menu item: Dole Whip in a waffle cone.
South Shore Grill
I’ll be straight up with you, this one isn’t on the North Shore. BUT, I am giving you a tasty place that is near the airport. Everyone needs to eat well even on their way back home, right? Keep the vacation going and eat at South Shore Grill. Wow this will not disappoint. This place cooks up one of the best fish burritos I’ve ever eaten. My friends and I still rave about this meal. So remember, if you’re coming from, going to, or staying in Honolulu, make this the first stop on your list. Favorite menu items: Salmon Burrito.