We’re heading out of town to see what’s happening around O’ahu this summer. The first episode of our short story Foodie Field Trip Series takes us along the Kamehameha Highway from Kailua to Kahuku, with some nice stops along the way.
Eighty chicken sandwiches
In a stealthy gray trailer behind Giovanni’s signature shrimp truck, Adam Wade does one thing and one thing only: Southern-style fried chicken sandwiches ($17). Eighty of them, in fact. He also makes hand-cut fries and ranch and blue cheese dressing, but technically, those are the props. The huge sandwiches can be served plain, spiced, or half-dipped (we recommend half-dipped to get the best of both). New Dad, Wade is only open on weekends and often sells out quickly, so we recommend arriving early with an empty stomach.
Open Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. sold out, 56-505 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, @eightychickensandwiches
SEE ALSO: Local O’ahu Road Trip Guide: Waialua to Kahuku
The Corn Dog Co.
The Corn Dog Co., located at the traffic light in Kahuku, is the after-school snack we all wish we had. Their signature is the Sweet Honey Dog Combo with Fresh Fries. Dog options include the Epic, a foot-long corn dog ($8); the Red, a Hawaiian Winners corn dog from Redondo ($4); fried cheese bombs ($4) and candy bars ($5) – all on sticks. Order any Korean-style item ($1 extra) to make it crispier with panko and sweetened with a dusting of sugar (optional). We love a good corn dog and these, with their perfectly crispy batter and simple toppings, don’t disappoint.
Open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 56-481 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, (808) 282-3672, @thecorndogco.hi
I came across Badabingsu while researching our excursion itinerary and for the name alone, I couldn’t pass up. Whip up multiple lunches to reward yourself with the Mango Bingsu ($9), with generously layered cubes of juicy mango in a powdery, soft milk snow. It’s simple, perfectly sweet, and way better than the artificially flavored shaved ice here. Other flavors include Cookie Butter, Pineapple and Melona and are equally divine.
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., 56-565 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, @badabingsuhawaii
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