I must have driven by the purple Crispy Grindz truck over a dozen times before finally getting a chance to try some of their food. Currently, their truck is parked right by Sunset Beach near the Sunset Beach Neighborhood Park.
The menu specializes in Brazilian style food, though their featured item is the acai bowls. They have a small bowl (16oz) for $7.00 and a large bowl (24oz) for $9.00. Their acai bowls only come with granola, bananas and honey. If you would like extra of any of these three or shredded coconut, it’ll cost 50 cents each. However, if you’re looking to add strawberries, it’s $1.00 more. Looking at the photo below, I would guess that at most I got about 2 strawberries for a buck. I don’t know about you, but I have to have strawberries with my acai bowl.
Other items you can order are the wonton wraps which are filled with various things from cheese to chicken to bananas and cinnamon. These all cost $5.00 except for the cheese, which costs only $4.00. They also serve a classic Brazilian dish called Coxinha (koo-shee-nya), which I had to try as the gentleman who was working there said it was his favorite dish. This dish is made of potato flour dough and filled with shredded chicken and cheese with a light breading on the outside.
I ordered the large acai bowl with strawberries and the Coxinha. It didn’t take too long for both of my items to be ready. The acai bowl was pretty large but it was not filled to the top like some of the other places I have been to. The fruit that it came with was fresh and tasted very good. The acai itself, had a pretty rich flavor and tasted pretty good.
Now to the Coxinha. Though Crispy Grindz’s featured item is their acai bowls, to me the Coxinha was the real star. I don’t know how many places on the island where you can get this little gem, but this is one of my favorite items I have had in the past year. It is not that big in size, but the flavors and the way it is prepared makes for a really tasty and unique treat. The one I was served was a beautiful golden brown. When I then cut into it, the shredded chicken looked very moist and the cheese was perfectly melted. I took my first bite and I knew right then why this was the gentleman’s favorite item on the menu. If and when I’m in the area again, I will definitely order it again. The Coxinha is relatively small and it makes for a nice little snack instead of a full meal.
Overall, I liked both the acai bowl and the Coxinha. Though, I feel the bowl should also include some strawberries for the base price. Up until now, I have never had Coxinha before. It is quite a unique dish and I would recommend it to anyone who stops by the Crispy Grindz food truck. There are a lot more expensive trial and errors on the Island of Oahu so if you order it and don’t like it, you’ll be out a very minimal amount of scratch for trying this dish.
Here are some photos from my visit to the Crispy Grindz food truck
Map to Crispy Grindz