When we headed out to Hawaii, we did our homework and my sister-in-law Debbie heard, “You have to find Giovanni’s Shrimp truck, it is the best!”
In our rental car we cruised the north shoreline of Oahu seeking out the beautiful ocean views and keeping an eye toward the elusive Giovannis. It is amazing how many shrimp trucks are on the island.
Finally we found the truck at a flea market. Set up next to a covered pavilion, we (Keith and I and Debbie) ordered shrimp scampi. My brother-in-law Craig, not a seafood lover opted for a hotdog which actually had the scampi fixings.
Wonderful, marvelous, great are the words that come to mind. The shrimp truck is easy to locate because since Ed Hernandez from El Paso, Texas left his signature on the truck. Thousands of loyal fans have added their John Hancock as well. We truly didn’t see any room to add our own!
Part of the fun is that Giovanni’s business began working out of a 1953 bread truck that today is parked at their headquarters. In 1997 the website history states, “…we opened a second truck on the edge of what was then an overgrown, swampy field at 66-472 Kamehameha highway in Haleiwa town. Back then, no one wanted that land, now it’s one of the busiest spots in Haleiwa! Our truck there will forever be known know as “Across the street from McDonald’s”. Now that we were parked, our guests started to sign our truck so they’d be sure and see their signature the next time they visited!”
After winning several national and international cooking competition wins, their name got out and tourists just like us have been flocking to enjoy a bit of the great white shrimp concoctions offered by Giovannis!