The Garlic Shrimp Truck That Has Taken Over Oahu’s North Shore — Dining on a Dime

The Garlic Shrimp Truck That Has Taken Over Oahu’s North Shore — Dining on a Dime


All-shrimp food trucks are popular lunch destinations in Oahu’s North Shore, but none top the island fame (and proliferation of graffiti) of Giovanni’s. Host Lucas Peterson stops by to see what all the fuss is about.

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100 Comments on "The Garlic Shrimp Truck That Has Taken Over Oahu’s North Shore — Dining on a Dime"


  1. mannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn FML

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  2. My dad took a bunch of tourists here once back in the day. He told me this Japanese girl cried because it was so spicy. Even the Koreans couldn't handle!

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  3. I hate you right now because I LOOOVVEEE SHRRIMMPPP and I would love to make a show like this. You know what, I think I am now. I need to!

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  4. I was born in the 50s We ate out of food trucks since I was a baby. Depending on whether or not we wanted spaghetti or stew, we would frequent certain trucks mostly at the beach where they fed hungry, cold surfers primarily. Because of government restrictions, their popularity waned for years but new trucks equipped to cook fresh food with refrigeration made a comeback by the 90s. Not very popular in Hawaii? Sorry, we probably were eating out of food trucks first. But what I will tell you is that Giovanni's is most definitely the first of all the shrimp trucks on the North Shore. I used to go to them since the 70s when they were the one and only shrimp truck around. There was no eating space, just some sand, grass and a garbage can. Now, it's a commercial hub of activity. But the shrimp has remained the same. Good, garlicky, fresh and made to order even through a change in ownership.

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  5. I can't believe I pressed "like" because Lucas asked if I liked garlic and I nodded my head like an idiot and said "Yes, I love garlic."

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  6. I love the way you describe food(whether you like it or not). You are the type of "food host" that viewers respond to and love watching. Cool dude!

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  7. Why do you have to suck all the sauce off of each serving first before dipping them in the sauce? Can you not eat the thing as is first hand as it was served? You're trying to clean the outside of the thing first before actually eating it.

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  8. I don't know why but I have developed a love for garlic recently which is weird. I had never liked garlic before! Those shrimps covered with fried garlic look awesome. I am going to try to make them myself.

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  9. I went there before from camping at the place nearby it's ttttttttaaaaaaaaassssssssssstttttttttyyyy +the chickens whœ

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  10. Giovanni's shrimp Truck is where it's AT! I went there about three years ago, and I've never forgotten that experience. The garlic seasoned shrimp is a-m-aaaaa-zing.

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  11. This food truck changed my life as a 10 year old. It is the single best shrimp I've had in my life and the highlight of my visit to Hawaii.

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  12. Still don't see why this is called dining on a dime?, guy spends at least 20 bucks each episode

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  13. Does Lucas Peterson have severe hip issues? Or does he just walk nervously? I'm new to this series and actually just wanna know.

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  14. Just ate here last month. Please be aware that most of these trucks no longer buy their shrimp from the local shrimp farms but buy overseas grown shrimp.

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  15. I used to LOVE eating shrimp as a kid, but now I have strangely grown an allergy to it! I miss eating them without ending up in rash and breath difficulty 😶

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  16. Giovanni is not the best, they are only famous because of all the trouble they have been in and highlighted on the news. Romy's is much better. You'll need to wait nearly an hour in line at Romy's because it's that good! I guess it's OK to fake it for free food.

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  17. I remember eating here in 2017, the hot and spicy shrimp was delicious and boy was it hot and spicy! I loved it

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  18. Tried Giovanni's last year. Wasn't worth they hype and the drive tbh. Your paying quite a lot for a scoop of rice and battered shrimp. Would recommend another shrimp truck.

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  19. I ate here on my trip to Oahu.. I got to say shrimps were really good and hot !!! I had the spicy ones and they were great !!!

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  20. My name is somewhere on that truck. I wrote another one backwards by the mirror so when you look in the mirror, you’ll see it normal

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  21. This was local news way back when: the current operator is the second owner (as you saw on the video) and bought the business from the original “Giovanni” for a hefty $400,000, including his secret recipes. Giovanni then regretted his decision and got some local thugs to try to take back the business but was not successful.

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  22. Food trucks are not new to Hawai'i. Giovannis has been around for decades. We have manapua vans that are like ice cream trucks that drive around selling food, snacks, drinks, ice cream. And we have regular food trucks. We've had them around for a really long time.

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