Whenever people ask me what is one of the best parts about living in Hawaii, the first thing that comes to mind is definitely the food. Hawaii is blessed with many different cultures and all the amazing food that comes with it. Now when it comes to great food, our Red Knot Honolulu store location is apart of a downtown community thriving with deliciousness everywhere! And we’re located 10 minutes from a magical place where you can get just about anything you could possibly want – Eat The Street!
Oahu residents have been flocking to this monthly food festival for the past four (going on five) years and the community has been changed ever since! Month after month, friends would tell me all about the delicious food they ate and how I just had to try it one day. So finally, on August 28th, I caved in and went to experience the event that has been slowly taking over our Fridays and our Instagrams.
Eat The Street is an event that happens on the last Friday of every month where vendors set up booths to sell food from 5-10 pm. There is a new location that recently had a grand opening called the Makers & Tasters in Kewalo that has over 40 vendor booths overlooking the harbor. Each event features a different theme and the last event featured all the savory favorites from past Eat The Streets: bacon, garlic, spicy, and chocolate!
I arrived at 6 o’clock and it was decently crowded but I never had to wait in line for more than a couple of minutes – which was a pleasant surprise! My first stop was to pick up something to drink from the famous Wow Wow Lemonade. For $10 we were able to not only get refreshing lemonade but also a cute mason jar with the brand’s logo on it. I’m a huge fan of the mason jar trend so that definitely sealed the deal for me. What’s great about it is that not only can you get refills for only $5 if you bring your jar with you to any event or stand, it helps to reduce waste and encourage the use of reusable drink receptacles!
After a quick lap around the entire lot, we settled on some fried pork belly, seasoned fries, and a waffle dog!
The fried pork belly had a spicy garlic sauce with salad and rice on the side. I’m a fan of good ol’ pork belly right off the grill but the spicy garlic sauce helped kick things up a notch. It was a little spicier than I usually go for but the rice and salad definitely helped balance it out. For those who are just wanting to try a little bit of everything, it was the perfect amount to split between two people.
The seasoned fries were definitely a hit with me. I mean, who doesn’t love fries? The special mayo sauce with furikake sprinkled on top was a great alternative to a traditional chili & cheese or garlic fries. This was also a great portion size for two people to share!
Next stop? The Hawaiian Waffle Dog Co. for…waffle dogs, of course! I chose to drizzle some syrup on mine but there were a few other topping choices – including dried minced garlic! It was a perfect mix between sweet and salty. Just watch out for the possible messiness if you decide to go with syrup like I did!
Before we ended the evening with ice cream sandwiches from No Ka ‘Oi Cookie Company, we sat next to the water and watched the weekly fireworks go off in Waikiki. What a beautiful way to end the night! Fireworks go off around 7:40pm every Friday so make sure you time your visit to Eat The Streets so you can enjoy the show while you munch. It’s a great view!
All in all, this is a great place to stop by and hang out with friends or spend some time with your family. I’d definitely recommend at least going once to enjoy what our local street food vendors have to offer! Save the date for the next event on September 25th for some Oktoberfest themed treats!