Nobody in their right mind would sit around for an hour and wait for some food truck shrimp now would they? My response would have been no, as well, but like the rest of the poor spirits on the side of the road on the North Shore of Oahu, we did. And now, I can agree with what everyone else said was true. It was worth it! We were in a mind battle over which truck to visit as there are a number of them around the northern point of the North Shore a little bit past Sunset Beach. The most popular as most locals and tourists will tell you is Romy’s and Giovanni’s. Being the Romy’s was the first of the two that we saw, the decision was rather easy and we had heard that waits could get a bit long as lunch approached. As we pull up, the bright red shrimp truck/restaurant sticks out like a sore thumb. Luckily there were only a couple of people in line and a few in the tented areas on each side. We make our way to the line, which is only a few deep, but this is where you better have your Island Time hat on, because there is no rush here. Amidst the person ordering I can faintly hear what sounded like our current wait is an hour. What? An hour! What we didn’t expect or realize is that the tour bus companies come through here on a daily basis and they order their food in advance. Ahhh, order in advance. We didn’t even know that was an option and as we soon find out from some locals who populate the line behind us, they don’t always answer the phone, so maybe that wasn’t even an option to get bitter over. What is the option is the food and the aroma coming from the kitchen. Man it smells good! The menu isn’t large and there are a few things you need to keep in mind when you come here. This is a cash-only business and the prices run around $14-$17 per plate if that’s what you order. We personally chose the garlic shrimp, the sweet and spicy shrimp and the Sunfish. As we found out, you can’t go wrong with any of these but we found the Sunfish to be especially good!
There’s not much to do while you wait but I would recommend as we did, to have a cooler of beer close by as you can bring any items you want to the tent with no issues. And if you’re just hanging out near the North Shore, isn’t a beer exactly what you’re looking for? Drink one or three and wait for your name to be called. Soon, without fail your name will be heard and you will be fed. Go ahead, make this stop no matter how touristy you think it is. After all, you’re a tourist!