If you are driving through Haleiwa on the North Shore of Oahu and in need of some good food, Dat Cajun Guy is a place you should definitely visit. I only heard of Dat Cajun Guy by searching “Food Trucks” on Yelp. Dat Cajun Guy had the highest overall review with over 85% of reviewers giving them a perfect 5 star rating and less than 2% gave a poor rating of 1 or 2 stars. Very rarely does a place garner almost universal praise like this so I had to stop by the next time I was in the area.
When I met the owner, I asked if he could serve only one of his dishes for me, which one would it be and without hesitation, he said the Gumbalaya so that was what I ordered. The menu of Dat Cajun Guy is pretty simple. They offer three fried seafood platters, seven different 10″ Po Boy sandwiches and their main menu items consists of Jambalaya, Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp, Buffalo Shrimp and of course, the Gumbalaya.
The food did not take too long to be served so it was nice to have some covered benches to sit at while I waited for my order. There are some uncovered benches as well with large trees overhead to provide some shading. Once the food arrived, it looked very good and had a nice aroma to it. For those that have lived on the island know, the overall variety of food sometimes is limited so this was a welcomed meal. The quality was very good and it was an enjoyable meal. The owner informed me it was a little spicy in case I didn’t like spicy food, but it didn’t taste very spicy to me at all. The only complaint, if I were to have any, would be the portion size to the price, but being that this is Hawaii, it isn’t cheap to live here, let alone set up a business.
Dat Cajun Guy and the surrounding food trucks are not as easy to find as you would think. They are kind of tucked on the side of the road down a small slope so if you are not paying attention, you could very easily drive right by it. I know I have driven by it numerous times in the past and never realized it was even there. The parking there is terrible. If you take a look at my photo gallery below you will see how packed it is on any given day. You are usually much better off just driving past it and parking at the McDonald’s across the street or behind Cafe Haleiwa.
One very important note for anyone craving Cajun food from Dat Cajun Guy, they are closed on Wednesdays and Sundays. Their hours on the days they are open is from 10:30am to 4:00pm, so this is pretty much a “lunch only” place to eat.
Overall, I would say this is a great place to eat when you are in the area. The owners are friendly and the food is very good. Since there are not that many Cajun places on the island, I would highly recommend Dat Cajun Guy to anyone in the mood for Cajun food or if you just want something different to eat. One of the nice things about eating where Dat Cajun Guy is located is that there are also about a half dozen more food trucks there, including a shave ice truck, Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck, VJ’s Dogs and Burgers and a few others. So no matter how many are in your group, you should be able to find something you’re in the mood for.
Here are some Photos from my visit with Dat Cajun Guy