#37 of 211 Kauai Restaurants

Trucking Delicious

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Trucking Delicious Cafe - A Casual, Quality Eatery with Mobile Roots
Local Expert's Rating:
5.0 / 5
The Bottom Line:

The Trucking Delicious Cafe was once nothing more than a truck packed with quality ingredients and talented culinary professionals. Though the vehicle is gone, the food lives on in a permanent locale. The young chef, Chloe Sorey, serves up Hawaiian favorites and creative twists for breakfast, brunch, and lunch in an unpretentious location. 

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Trucking Delicious was once a food truck, one that stole the hearts (and taste buds) of many people on Kauai. Now, it’s the Trucking Delicious Cafe, a great place to stop for coffee, breakfast, brunch, and lunch. From the large portions to the friendly service, this casual place to eat is serious about its menu.

The place may have a new location (between Tahiti Nui and Kalypso), but the chef is still the same. Known for her inviting smile and inventive (and ever-changing) menus, Chloe Sorey is a young culinary wizard who has managed to elevate dishes with her own signature flair. You may recognize her if you watch Food Network’s Cooks vs. Cons, as she appeared on the 4th season (and won the first round). 

The original food truck concept was all 1970s, paying homage to the decade with a mix of bright teal and psychedelic lettering. Now, Sorey’s business has taken over the Wake Up Cafe. Her new location is a chance for locals to fall in love with her creations all over again, but this time with more seating.

People come here not just for the fabulous food, but also for the vibe. There’s a reason why its website speaks directly to the location of the place — it’s because the place has plenty of locals clamoring for the food. Fun and unpretentious, it’s a great place to come for a great bite and plenty of people watching. 

If you stop by the Trucking Delicious Cafe, we recommend the following:  

Garlic Shrimp 
This dish is raved about for its use of the famous herb. This is local shrimp (with the head and shell still on) cooked in a famous lemon butter sauce. Typically served with rice and your choice of side, she’s made a name for herself with this concoction. 

Sweet & Spicy Coconut Shrimp 
Coconut shrimp is a staple food for many people who live near the ocean, but this version gets an upgrade with some highly delectable flavors. Crispy panko-covered shrimp are tossed in a sweet chili reduction and served alongside a bed of rice. 

Churro French Toast 
Churros are a Mexican dessert made of cinnamon goodness, and you can imagine that the spice might pair well with the sweetness of French toast. If you’re going to order this plate though, just make sure you’re very hungry. The portions are nothing to sneeze at. Trust us: This is a must-try!

Kajua Pork and Cabbage 
Made local-style, this plate is Maui onion, green cabbage, and shredded pork. While the dish may seem on the simplistic side, its profile is anything but. There’s a lot of hard work that goes into every bite, but you’ll only taste the rewards. 

Katsu Chicken 
Katsu chicken might sound exotic, but it’s more like an elevated version of your classic breaded chicken. Made with panko breadcrumbs, the chicken fillet is fried until it’s a deep golden brown. Cooked correctly, it retains all the juiciness of the chicken but adds a gorgeous crunch on the outside. 

No matter what you get here, this place tends to be a fan favorite with locals and tourists alike. Whether you’re in the mood for Hawaiian specialties or not, there’s something on the menu for you. 

Insider Tips:
-Trucking Delicious is no longer a truck but a cafe between Tahiti Nui and Kalypso.
-The young chef here is well-known for her inventive menu, so keep in mind it’s always subject to change.  
-The wait can get long, so come prepared to hang out.