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New In Hanalei - Trucking Delicious

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New In Hanalei - Trucking Delicious

New food truck parked between Hanalei Liquor and Tropical Taco. Some friends had been raving about it, so the family gave it a try today. They specialize in "gormet" grilled sandwiches and cupcakes. I had the Lili's Cristo (Monte Cristo) $10 and my daughter just went with the Plain Jane (Grilled Cheese on Sourdough) $5 and my wife had the greek goddess - $8. Thought mine was great, but doubt it will overtake Village Snack for my #1 Hanalei takeout option.

The young girl Chloe that runs it is really nice - Kapaa HS grad who went on to KCC culinary arts as well as the Culinary Institute of the Pacific and worked at Bar-A-Cuda.

Open for late night munchies 12-10 Wednesday-Saturday 12-6 Sunday call (808)482-4101

I couldn't find a website, but here's a link to an instagram page:

http://pinsta.me/truckingdelicious_hi

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41. Re: New In Hanalei - Trucking Delicious

I've been on the French Polynesia forums quite a bit lately, and have only read glowing comments about the roulottes--food trucks that serve excellent, cheap meals. So, I don't really think food trucks originated on the mainland, although I know they've been around for many years.

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42. Re: New In Hanalei - Trucking Delicious

Quote: "I assume you are nothing but an occasional visitor..."

You know what they say about people who assume, LOL. You could not be more wrong. However, I am NOW nothing more than an occasional tourist. I will always respect the locals and the local culture over the wannabes that live on the mainland and do their best to turn such a precious island into their personal playground. All in the name of "someone I know used to live there"!!

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43. Re: New In Hanalei - Trucking Delicious

Aloha from Kaua'i!

"Les Roulettes" have been around in the Tahitian islands for many, many many years. Far longer than any food truck here in the Hawaiian Islands.....they are a unique part of the culture there, unlike Hawai'i.

There is a large area in Pape'ete along the waterfront that is dedicated to nothing but "les roulettes" - wonderful, cheap eats.

Malama Pono,

Janet

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44. Re: New In Hanalei - Trucking Delicious

koloagirl, definitely not "targeting" you, just trying to keep the facts straight on this thread I started. I'm kind of sorry I posted it to be honest. I just wanted to tell folks about a new great food option started by a very talented and energetic young local girl. Sadly, its turned into people rolling eyes back and forth and bashing a unique part of local hawaiian culture.

As for food trucks being "beneath" some of us out here, again I wasn't singling you out - there seems to be a faction of people who don't think they belong here. Not because they're not fancy enough, but because some think they're eyesores, unsanitary, or in your case they just don't seem to meet your lofty and commendable cultural standards.

I believe that these food trucks do have a place in Kauai's and Hawaii's local cultural history. Do you realize that Roger Kennedy had his Tropical Taco wagon parked at Pine Trees before the first Les Roulette rolled into Papeete? How about the legendary Manapua Man on Oahu or long before him the plate lunch wagons on Oahu? Oahu is currently celebrating this decades old local tradition with their "Eat the Street" festivals.

I think Kauai22 is right, we're giving the mainland too much credit for our local tradition.

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45. Re: New In Hanalei - Trucking Delicious

A quick google turns up a caterer in Syracuse, NY called, would you believe, Trucking Delicious. Local? Maybe not. Innovative and unique? Probably not either.

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46. Re: New In Hanalei - Trucking Delicious

^^^Syracuse and Hanalei probably have more in common than we realize...

Another quick google search shows there's a yelp page now up for the Hanalei version. Add a review if it's not beneath you :)

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47. Re: New In Hanalei - Trucking Delicious

Just an FYI, the food trucks in Tahiti are called roulottes. Roulette is a casino game. I'm sure that's a common mistake, though. tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g294352-d2…

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48. Re: New In Hanalei - Trucking Delicious

BNB, I think you did make a good point about the quality of the food and the great new local owner. I certainly understand your point. In MHO, I just think food trucks are an "eye sore".

22Kaua'i.....some people look really GREAT in speedos; but most people that chose to wear them don't!

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49. Re: New In Hanalei - Trucking Delicious

Aloha from Kaua'i!

I think food trucks have their place here in Hawai'i, they have been around (as I mentioned earlier) for many, many years in small numbers, at beach parks or especially on O'ahu in the industrial areas where they acted like the mainland "roach roaches".

If we only had a few of them it would be great and good to have less expensive dining options, but the proliferation of them all over the place, and parked indiscriminately in almost every spot (there was one here in Old Koloa that parked right next to the historic original Koloa Sugar Mill smokestack, but they were forced to move) that you can imagine is what I personally have an issue with.

Anything is fine in moderation, but I don't see moderation in what is happening right now here on Kaua'i.

Again, my own opinion only, and by the way...mahalo for the comment ..."or in your case they just don't seem to meet your lofty and commendable cultural standards." LOL!! I'm glad you aren't "targeting" me.

Malama Pono,

Janet

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50. Re: New In Hanalei - Trucking Delicious

I think you nailed it with this comment Janet:

"Anything is fine in moderation, but I don't see moderation in what is happening right now here on Kaua'i."

Now I've given everyone a much bigger and brighter target. (Don't hurt Koloagirl! LOL)

Edited: 24 May 2014, 17:28