Tacoako Tuesday Grows

Tacoako Tuesday

Tacoako Tuesday,” A weekly gathering of food trucks in Kaka’ako, welcomes another vendor today: T.I.K.I. Truck, run by traveling chef and mortgage broker Abe Jazmmin. Mari Taketa of Nonstop Honolulu interviewed Abe on video last week:

Also on hand today will be Tacoako Tuesday organizer Jesse DeRamos of Flip’t Out Eats, and Camille’s on Wheels. Sending regrets are Fairy Cakes. No word yet from Xtreme Tacos or Shogunai Tacos.

Photo by Ed Oshiro/Kakaako.com.

Food vendors sought for Eat St. show, app

Eat St. on OahuThe creators of a street food television show and iPhone app are looking for new vendors to feature.

Paperny Films and Invoke Media, the partnership behind Eat St., say that they’ve built “the most comprehensive list of street food vendors in North America,” and are hoping to see it continue to grow.

“Since the launch of our iPhone app and TV show, both products have been doing well,” writes Invoke Media intern Justine Yu. “We’re beginning to film a second season of the show… [and] we’re encouraging vendors across North America to enter their cart in our database to increase the chances of being featured on television.”

The Eat St. mobile app (see my review on Nonstop Honolulu), which marked 100,000 downloads a few weeks ago [PDF], helps vendors connect with their customers and helps customers find vendors anywhere in North America. It features full profiles of each vendor who signs up, including location, type of food, hours of operation, menus, specials and Twitter feeds.

Street food vendors, including food truck owners, are encouraged to claim their businesses in the database.

Claim Your Cart

As for the television show, Eat St. consistently ranked among the top 10 programs on Food Network Canada. The show airs Wednesdays at 9:30pm ET/10:30pm PT on Food Network Canada and Tuesdays at 8PM ET on The Cooking Channel in the United States.

Producers hope Season 2 will feature vendors in Hawaii, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Florida, Georgia, California, Portland, the Midwest, and Canada.

About Eat St.

“Eat St. is a lip-smacking celebration of North America’s tastiest, messiest, and most irresistible street food. From Tijuana-style tacos served out of an Airstream trailer and pizzas baked in a brick oven on wheels, to classic hot dogs with all the fixings and sirloin burgers slathered in bacon jam — food cart fare is the most delicious trend going. The stars of the show are the vendors — food mavericks with creative takes on mobile meals and inspiring stories.”

SushiSan

Peculiarly located just mauka of Ala Moana Center, SushiSan is a conveyor-belt sushi shop that aims to be a step up from the now ubiquitous Genki Sushi chain. Boasting three separate conveyor belts and hot water taps at each table (to make your own tea), the setup makes a strong first impression.

The dish prices are higher than at most sushi restaurants, though, and while some items are new and an unexpected delight, some tried-and-true items are a disappointment. More selection on the belt actually means some pieces spend a lot of time going in circles. The service was friendly but forgetful (we had to ask about our missing order a few times), and on the day we went, an open door in the kitchen meant some flies playing hopscotch on the food.

Overall a decent alternative to the usual (my kids declared it better than Genki, so we’ll be back), but they have to work on consistency.

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SushiSan
1409 Kapiolani Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 944-0670
http://www.sushisan.com

Mitch’s Fish Market & Sushi Bar

At times, we have champagne dreams on a beer budget, and sometimes, those dreams do come true.

I was fortunate to celebrate another year on this planet, and, my friends took me to Mitch’s Sushi in the airport industrial area for this occasion. They knew this place was on my bucket list as one of the premier places to eat in Honolulu – Hale ‘Aina Award winner – and now, I can scratch this off my list.

Mitch’s Sushi is a unique place where the core business of this establishment is a wholesale seafood distributor for hotels and restaurants throughout the state of Hawaii. The restaurant occupies the front of the warehouse on the corner of Ohohia and Ualena Streets that includes a five seat sushi bar with a few tables.

We ordered almost everything on the list of nigiri sushi; toro, maguro, hamachi, etc. All of the seafood on menu is flown in from all over the world and the manager can show you the holding tank in the warehouse where the lobster and abalone are kept for optimal freshness.

Mitch’s Sushi has menu service available with a BYOB option, and reservations are highly recommended.

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Mitch’s Sushi
524 Ohohia St.
Honolulu, HI 96819
(808) 837-7774
www.mitchsushi.com

Megs Drive-In

This past Saturday morning I headed west to Megs Drive-In on Waiakamilo Road in Kalihi for the world famous banana pancakes, but, I couldn’t just stop there. I had to order the two egg breakfast accompanied with homemade corned beef hash and two scoops of rice too.

For all you people on Twitter out there, Megs has a Twitter special for a limited time only. Just mention that you’re on Twitter and receive a free Green River drink of any size with your meal. Of course, I ordered a large drink that made me feel like a camel after downing it.

I highly suggest that you go down to Megs Drive-In soon for the very affordable onolicious food and enjoy the local ambiance — I ended up “talking story” with the other customers for a while.

You can follow Megs Drive-In on their Facebook page and on Twitter @MegsDriveIn.

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743 Waiakamilo Road
Honolulu, HI, 96817-4336
(808) 845-3943

Quick Bite: Pauoa Chop Suey

When I’m in the Pauoa area this is where I come to satisfy my appetite. Brought my friend who lives nearby to eat and talk story. I ordered the dinner plate special – even at lunch you can order this – and my friend ordered the roast duck w/ noodle in soup. We both were very satisfied w/ the quality and quantity. I had the “kanak attack” an hour later that proves to me that this place is a “winnah.”

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Pauoa Chop Suey
1997 Pauoa Road
Honolulu, HI 96813-1569
(808) 536-4204

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