What’s maybe unique at Giovanni’s, and my main reason for adding my review to the many already here, is the BBQ corn on the cob, prepared before your eyes using a blowtorch (see photo). We got it “Baja style,” which means it’s prepared (torched) with butter, mayo, lime juice, “baja” seasonings and parmesan cheese. A bit different and quite a tasty thing to try (and maybe try out at home), though at $3 it’s not cheap. But, then again, in Hawaii, nothing from the mainland is. Look for the BBQ corn in one of the little tents out back (see photo).
Beyond that, however, Giovanni’s as a classic North Shore“"shrimp truck” has outgrown itself. With its covered pavilion of tables (see photo), public restrooms (kudos for that), and veritable mini-“fair” that’s sprung up on the surrounding roadside property, it’s more of a tourist destination than a local eatery. The food's fine but the ambiance is crowdsville. If you want great shrimp along with local “atmosphere,” I suggest you try Tita’s, a roadside kiosk that’s run and closely attended by a former town football luminary just down the road across from the Kahuku schools.
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January 3, 2013
What a great and detailed review on the entire location... All I can say is thank you and happy you enjoyed it... See you soon..
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