Looking for a Kauai food truck with outstanding breakfasts and occasional tacos? Saenz Ohana, a hidden gem on the north shore, is sure to please. You may have seen this food truck in Hanalei before, but now it is at its new location behind the Makana North Shore Urgent Care Center (in back of the police and fire station, just off the highway, past the Princeville Shopping Center on your way to Hanalei).
Saenz Ohana is owned and operated by the owners, Juan Saenz & Noelle Wong. I spoke with Juan who is very excited about his new location as it is close to where he lives with his wife and four children. He says he gets up at 4:00 each morning to start preparing fresh sauces and salsas to serve with his breakfasts and tacos. Learning his trade at the Culinary Institute, and then working for some of Kauai’s best restaurants, he loves using locally-sourced, farm fresh ingredients in his preparations and is thrilled to be serving Kauai’s north shore community.
Juan has set up a cozy little outdoor picnic area for you to enjoy your food, or, order it to go and drive on down to Hanalei for a breakfast by the bay. You may order online if you choose. Saenz Ohana is available for catering weddings, birthday parties or special events as well.
Right now the hours are a bit tricky to remember:
Breakfast is served 7:00 – 11:00 AM, Thursday through Monday (Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays).
Lunch is served 12:00 – 4:00 PM, Thursdays and Fridays only
Kauai Food Truck Menu:
This Kauai food truck has an impressive breakfast menu with two pages of unique and delicious food items. The whole first page lists ten options for breakfast burritos (also available as an omelet or breakfast sandwich) for $14.00 each. The burritos come with three scrambled eggs, cheese, a sauce and one of these chef creations:
The Juan: chorizo, Portuguese sausage, cilantro, garlic, jalapenos.
The BLTE: bacon, wild greens, tomatoes.
The Local: Kalua pig, Portuguese sausage, bacon, garlic, avocado and tomato.
The Veggie: tomatoes, garlic, onions, wild greens, kale, garlic chives, sprouts and avocado.
The Kadence: Kalua pig, cilantro, garlic, jalapeno, avocado.
The Nevaeh: bacon, link sausage, kale, tomato and garlic.
The Haniya: chorizo, garlic, onion, tomatoes and cilantro.
The Mila: ham, link sausage and bacon.
The Noelle: steak, garlic, onions, jalapenos and cilantro.
The Kid: 2 eggs scrambled with one choice of meat or veggie $10.00
Sauce Options are: Hollandaise, Salsa Verde, Garlic Aioli, Macadamia Nut Pesto, Maple Syrup or Salsa Fresca
More Menu Items
The second page of the menu is full of Saenz Ohana Specials, including their signature Eggs Benedict for $15.00
Also included on the second page of the menu are:
Pesto and Veggie Scramble $14.00
Saenz Buttermilk Pancakes $9.00, with banana or mac nuts $2.00 extra
Saenz Belgian Waffles $8.00, with banana or mac nuts $2.00 extra
Saenz Sweet Taro French Toast $10.00, with banana or mac nuts $2.00 extra
Saenz Pancake Sticks $7.00
Country Potatoes on a Stick $5.00
French Toast Sandwich $14.00
Fried Spam Sandwich $14.00
Thursday and Friday Tacos
Two afternoons a week Chef Juan whips up his tacos for the lunch crowd. He told me eventually he wants to add other Mexican food items to the menu. Can’t wait for that!
The Saenz taco is similar to a “street taco” that you might find in California. At first glance they look small but, boy are they filling. Tom and I stopped for lunch today. Tom ordered two Carne Asada tacos and I had two Fresh Fish tacos made with fresh ahi. The order came out quickly and they were really delicious with just the right amount of “kick” to them. It was the perfect lunch for just $8.00 each!
Fresh Fish Tacos
Carne Asada Tacos
Afternoon Menu Items
Each taco comes with 2 corn tortillas, queso fresca, salsa, onions and cilantro. One for $5.00. Two for $8.00. Or, three for $12.00.
Carne Asada Taco: Chef selected prime beef put in a house marinade and cooked to perfection.
Pork Taco: Selected pork shoulder marinated in a secret family recipe known to tingle your taste buds.
Fresh Fish Taco: Fresh catch seasoned with a house special seasoning then sauteed on the flat top and served fresh and hot.
Veggie Taco: Chef Saenz’s daily selection of fresh local veggies cooked to perfection in a little garlic oil.
For both breakfast items and tacos, no substitutes please.
Kauai Food Truck – Saenz Ohana – Contact Information
Location: 4488 Hanalei Plantation Road, Princeville, HI 96722 (Makana North Shore Urgent Care parking lot)
Phone: (808) 634-3526
Order online at: www.saenzohanabreakfast.com
Now that my husband and I have tried the tacos, you can bet we will be back to try breakfast, especially since there are few places around the north shore that serve a morning meal. Bon Appetit!
The Saenz Ohana (family)
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