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There are many things to be excited about when it comes to Aloha Gourmet Food Trucks Hawaii. Not only is this innovative concept changing the way locals eat, throw a party and fund-raise, but the idea to unite various top-notch mobile food trucks is just plain brilliant.
The man behind the operation is Army veteran Frank Diaz, who, after retiring from 34 years of military service, opened an all-encompassing barbecue food truck in 2012. Tin Hut Barbecue, whose slogan reads: “Serving America’s Finest,” offers the best of barbecue to the best, as the business finds its customer base among Hawaii’s military personnel at various military locations throughout the island.
Once the idea was born for Aloha Gourmet Food Trucks, Diaz began to add other equally talented mobile food operations to his group. Now up to six trucks, and growing, the core includes Biztro on Wheels, Olay’s Thai Express and, of course, Tin Hut.
Recently partnering with Hot Deals Hawaii, Aloha Gourmet Food Trucks is offering a special, which includes a $10 voucher good for $20 value to be used at any of the trucks. The time to purchase this deal by logging in online is running out, as there only are 10 days left. However, once purchased, the deal is good until Feb. 28 of next year (no cash value given for any unused hot deals). Only one voucher can be used per day/event, and this deal cannot be used toward catering, nor can it be combined with any other discount or coupon.
If you opt for Biztro on Wheels, expect unique Italian cuisine, such as Linguini Pesto with Bay Shrimp ($12). Or, get your fingers sticky with Furiyaki Fries ($6), a dish that Biztro owner Ron Maganis dubs a new creation. The dish includes crispy fries, teriyaki sauce, Japanese mayonnaise and furikake. You’ll also find a variety of chicken wings, including Honey Sriracha ($7 for five wings).
If you’re in the mood for Thai food, spend your Hot Deals on Olay’s Thai Express. With a kiosk at Navy Exchange in Aiea, the authentic cuisine also can be found daily at various farmer’s markets and at its dine-in Halawa location. Catering also is available.
Try Two-choice Plate ($11.50), which owner Macy Khounkeo suggests filling with either Sticky Rice or Pad Thai (or half and half of both) and a helping of Thai Basil Chicken and Pumpkin Curry Chicken (the establishment’s most popular item). Wash it all down with refreshing Thai Iced Tea ($3).
Now, for the truck that started it all, Tin Hut has marched its way into the hearts of many, especially service members stationed on Oahu. Diaz prides himself on offering a little taste of barbecue from all regions of the United States, and explains, “I wanted to bring home to them (military personnel).”
Patrons can opt for Smokin’ Ribs ($12) with a side of Mac and Cheez and Barbecue Beans, or walk away with the ultimate comfort food by ordering Grilled Cheese with Pulled Pork ($12). You can find Tin Hut’s truck at varying locations, as well as stationed in a kiosk outside of Navy Exchange Fleet Store on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Locations vary for each Aloha Gourmet Food Truck, but you can keep tabs on them daily by checking the business’ Facebook page (facebook.com/ AlohaGourmetFoodTrucks).
Furthermore, the food-truck alliance caters parties, large events, fundraisers (its most recent being Relay for Life, in which all of the proceeds were given to American Cancer Society), Eat The Street and more.
Aloha Gourmet Food Trucks Hawaii
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