Mackys Shrimp Truck, located at the southern end of the restaurant row on Kamehameha highway, is in the top three of most reviewed shrimp trucks on the island of Oahu, according to Yelp reviews. Which is why I had to find out if their taste stacked up to their reviews.
The menu at Mackys Shrimp Truck is pretty simple. They have five shrimp dishes and one fruit salad consisting of pineapple, oranges and bananas. The Shrimp plates consists of their Original Shrimp, Butter Garlic, Lemon Pepper, Spicy Hot and Coconut Shrimp. As expected, the Butter Garlic Shrimp plate was the most popular, which seems to be the case at many shrimp trucks on the island. Hence, time to try Macky’s version. Every shrimp plate they offer is the same price, $13 and the fruit salad is priced at $6.
On a side note, if you are looking for fresh fruit on the north shore of Oahu, nothing beats Kahuku Land Farms. If you have the time, I recommend a pit stop there while you are in the area. Here is a link to Kahuku Land Farms if you are interested.
The Butter Garlic Shrimp at Mackys Shrimp Truck comes with 2 scoops of rice drizzled with butter garlic sauce, a small slice of pineapple and a small salad consisting of mostly lettuce with a couple shavings of carrot and one tiny slice of red cabbage. The tiny slice of red cabbage is kind of like the little piece of pork in a can of pork and beans. It is just there for a little color, but not enough to add any real flavor to the salad.
You get nine pieces of shrimp, seasoned quite well; however, at least two or three seemed pretty small and were somewhat over cooked. The other six or seven were nice large shrimp you’d expect to find from a good shrimp truck. This may seem like nit picking on the two or three subpar shrimp, bear in mind though, that makes up over 20% of the main protein, which I felt was significant enough to mention. The rice went well with the shrimp as you would expect. The salad was fresh and crisp and tasted good. The pineapple, for me, is always a nice touch and that too was very good, fresh and sweet.
Overall, Mackys Shrimp Truck serves a nicely seasoned plate of shrimp. Had all the shrimp I had been of high quality, I would have liked it a bit more. Like Giovanni’s, Mackys Shrimp Truck’s menu consists of shrimp, almost exclusively so to not have consistent quality is a little harder to forgive, especially when shrimp is your only choice of protein. Still, the dish, as a whole, was quite good.
Yelp reviewers has Mackys Shrimp Truck on a pretty incredible rating. Over 82% of their customers rate them 4 or 5 stars verses 5% who gave them 1 or 2 stars. Which is about 8 in 10 who really like the food and only about 1 in 20 who did not. So if you decide to give Mackys Shrimp Truck a shot, the odds are, you will enjoy their food like I did.
On a side note, if you search for Mackys Shrimp Truck online, you will see it spelled “Macky’s”; however, on their official website, it is spelled “Mackey’s”. Even the shrimp truck itself and van parked in the parking lot is spelled “Macky’s”. My guess, perhaps Macky’s Shrimp Truck dot com was taken so they had to use Mackey’s. Either way I thought it was interesting that they spelled their business name different on their site than it is found everywhere else online and at their location.
Here are some photos of my visit to Mackys Shrimp Truck
Here is a map to Mackys Shrimp Truck