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December 23, 2012

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As the popularity of food trucks continues to build among local diners looking for quality cuisine at affordable prices, Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood is, as its motto suggests, “as good as it gets” when it comes to serving a variety of delicious surf-and-turf options.

Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood is conveniently located at the corner of Kapahulu and Kaimuki avenues, across the street from Crane Park and just up the road from Leonard’s Malasadas. The food truck has occupied its current location for about a month now, and customers may recognize the eatery, as it has other outlets at International Marketplace in Waikiki, as well as trucks in the Haleiwa and Schofield areas.

Unlike most food trucks, where customers are forced to take their food to go because of a lack of eating space, Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood provides a large, covered eating area for its guests. The dining area is just steps away from the truck, and provides room for more than 20 patrons to enjoy their meals in cool comfort.

The food truck is open daily, and offers a host of breakfast selections from 7 to 11 a.m. Breakfast specials are available for $8.95, and include Eggs Benedict with a choice of Canadian bacon, salmon or vegetarian fillings; Fresh Fish & Eggs; Pork Chops & Eggs; or Steak & Eggs. Additionally, breakfast favorites such as Loco Moco ($6.95) and Omelettes ($8.95) also are available, the latter of which can be made with vegetarian, seafood or meat lovers’ tastes in mind.

Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood is known for its iconic Garlic Shrimp ($7.95), which includes six pieces of fresh, juicy shrimp bathed in a zesty garlic butter sauce that is made to order at mild, medium or spicy heat increments. All plates at the eatery also include two scoops of white or brown rice, corn, and a choice of potato salad or tossed green salad.

“It’s our signature dish, and as soon as you open it up, you smell the garlic butter sauce — I can eat that sauce with anything, at every meal,” says Gilbert Sakaguchi II, who co-owns the truck with Lesly Goo. “We cook with love in our food, every plate. We make the food as if we were making it for ourselves to enjoy. Everything is made fresh to order, and we receive fresh seafood daily.”

The eatery also offers an assortment of additional fresh seafood selections, including Fresh Salmon ($8.95) prepared in a garlic butter sauce, and a large, juicy Lobster Tail ($14.95). Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood also serves up a slew of “turf” to complement its “surf” options, including Pulehu Ribs ($8.95), which are flame-broiled to perfection and are so tender that they fall off the bone.

“The menu is seafood-driven, but we also cater to the local customers who want their meat and their steaks,” explains Sakaguchi, who recently graduated from the Kapiolani Community College’s Culinary Arts program prior to taking the helm at the truck/eatery. “We try to keep our prices low, and keep our customers coming back. The majority of our customers, we see them two or three times a week.”

As a way to service its growing Japanese customer base, Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood currently has two locations in Japan (Odaiba and Yokohama), and is expected to open seven more outlets in the country throughout 2013. Locally, the eatery will open another location Jan. 21 in the Shirokiya food court at Ala Moana Center.

Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood

1006 Kapahulu Ave., Honolulu
Open daily, 7 to 11 a.m. (breakfast) and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (lunch and dinner)