There are few places as beautiful as Windward Oahu (East side of Oahu in Hawai’i). The Windward side offers sweeping mountain vistas, lush tropical rainforest, both rugged and serene coastline with fifty different shades of blue water, and much more. It also offers some amazing food choices…and if you have a taste of BBQ whether Southern or Hawaiian style…you are in luck.
Mike’s Huli Chicken in Kahalu’u started out as a food truck but has grown into much more. From Garlic Shrimp and Kiawe smoked huli-huli (turn-turn) chicken it has grown to one of the most sought after meals on Oahu. Mike Fuse is a locally grown North Shore chef who took two local ingredients – kiawe wood and Hawaiian sea salt and turned it into something that locals and visitors can’t get enough of. I haven’t been to the Waikiki location, but trust me – make the trip to Kahalu’u on the windward side – just north of Kaneohe on the Kamehameha Hwy. It’s been featured on Diners, Dives, and Drive ins and most importantly for me – my tastebuds are always pleased with a visit there. This is a plate lunch place with the usual scoop of rice and scoop of mac salad…do not forget to get the sauce…it makes the chicken taste even better.
Further north in the tiny town of Kaaawa – you will find Uncle Bobo’s Barbecue – a strange fusion of Southern BBQ and burritos. Bobo and his wife serve up some serious slow cook pork and beef brisket bbq. They slow smoke their meats with a combination of hickory and tropical woods. Not ideal for large groups but if you have a family sized group – you are in luck. There is virtually nothing on the menu for vegetarians because it is a barbecue place. On the Kamehameha Hwy in Kaaawa next to 7-11. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.