Dat Cajun Guy: New Orleans Food Truck in Haleiwa, Hawaii

By Mark Wiens 15 Comments
Dat Cajun Guy Haleiwa
Lunch at Dat Cajun Guy, Haleiwa, Hawaii

The small town of Haleiwa, Hawaii, is located on the world famous North Shore.

But going to the beach is not the only thing to do:

There also happens to be quite a few fantastic places to eat, like the juicy huli huli chicken on the weekends and the famous shrimp truck.

On my previous trip to Hawaii I had also wanted to try Dat Cajun Guy, a food truck selling Cajun and Creole New Orleans favorites, but I ran out of time, so didn’t get a chance.

So on my next trip to Haleiwa, there was no way I was going to miss it.

Haleiwa beach park
Haleiwa beach park

Haleiwa is a great place to go to the beach and surf, but along with enjoying the sun and water, food is always a priority.

It’s a good thing there are some great places to eat in Haleiwa.

Dat Cajun Guy
Dat Cajun Guy Food Truck

Dat Cajun Guy, Haleiwa

Dat Cajun Guy is a food truck in Haleiwa that serves a mixture of Cajun and Creole food. The owner and principle chef, Jordan Romano, was born and raised in New Orleans, and some of the recipes he serves have been passed down through his family.

When I ate at Dat Cajun Guy, the service was extremely friendly, and it was one of those food trucks that you could just tell the owners were passionate about what they were cooking and serving.

You can get your food for takeaway, but they also have a dozen or so picnic tables, sitting under the shade with a cool north shore breeze, where you can dig in.

And if you ask me, as soon as you get ahold of your food, you’re not going to want to go too far before you start chowing down.

Dat Cajun Guy menu
The menu

The menu

On the Dat Cajun Guy menu you’ll find all the New Orleans classic dishes like jambalaya, gumbo, red beans and rice, a number of different seafood platters, and the full selection of different types of po-boys.

It was only myself eating when I went to Dat Cajun Guy. My wife had needed some Thai food, and so she had already filled up, so I was all on my own.

So while I truly would have loved to sample everything on the menu, I had to choose wisely as it was just me eating. Next time I’m going straight for the jambalaya, but here’s what I ate at Dat Cajun Guy this time:

fried pickles
Fried pickles at Dat Cajun Guy

Fried pickles

To begin my meal, I was curious to try an order of fried pickles, something I had never had before.

The pickles, which I believe were dill pickles, were sliced into thin pieces, then coated in batter before being deep fried to a golden crisp.

They were served with a dipping sauce on the side, a creamy sauce that tasted similar to ranch, but with more flavor. I’m thinking it was a type of Louisiana style remoulade sauce, but I’m not fully sure.

Price – $4.95

what are fried pickles
Tasty fried pickles

I really liked the fried pickles.

They were crispy on the outside, and the inside pickle was sour and salty, with no sweetness.

If you’re not up for the fried pickles for a side snack dish, I think the fried okra would be another great choice from the menu.

New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp at Dat Cajun Guy
New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp

New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp

I was really debating whether to go for the jambalaya, or to order the New Orleans Style BBQ shrimp. But as I browsed through some photos of the bbq shrimp, and since I’m a shrimp lover, I knew it was a dish I needed to try.

They had both a half and a full size, I went with the full plate. When I ordered, they asked me if I wanted battered or naked shrimp (no batter). And when he suggested I could get half and half, that’s exactly what I chose.

The plate came with a bowl full of the shrimp, which were drowned in a delicious smelling gravy sauce, plus a scoop of brown rice within, topped with a wedge of lemon, and surrounded by sliced French bread.

Price – $14.95

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BBQ shrimp

First off, I will say that it was a bit on the oily side, but that being said, it was very tasty, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, every single shrimp.

The sauce was rich and I could taste onions and green peppers simmered down until fall apart tender. The BBQ sauce was slightly sour and slightly sweet, with a hint of smokiness.

After eating a few bites, I squeezed on the wedge of lime to give it an extra sour citrus boost. I liked the combination of both fried and non-fried shrimp (naked), but I probably liked the naked shrimp the best.

Again it was a little greasy, but very flavorful and I loved it.

Combo Fish and Shrimp Po-boy
Combo Fish and Shrimp Po-boy

Combo Fish and Shrimp Po-boy

My biggest mistake eating at Dat Cajun Guy in Haleiwa was ordering only the half size of the po-boy.

Actually, it was probably a good choice, considering my wife was already full. But after taking my first bite of the po-boy, I didn’t want to stop eating.

I ordered the combo fish and shrimp po-boy, including a handful of fried shrimp, a slab of battered and fried fish, and all the toppings, all wrapped within a crispy baguette.

po-boy in Hawaii
The combo fish and shrimp po-boy might have been my favorite

What I loved most about the po-boy was that the fish and shrimp were cooked perfectly.

They weren’t dried out or overcooked, but flaky and juicy, with a crunchy outer layer. The mixture of mayo, and some of what I believe was the same sauce as the fried pickles, gave the sandwich some extra richness.

On the food truck counter, they had a few bottles of Louisiana hot sauce for the taking, and so after taking a couple bites of the po-boy, I went up and grabbed a bottle and doused my sandwich with it. It added some heat and more tanginess to the po-boy.

The combo fish and shrimp po-boy was probably my favorite dish of the lunch.

Price – $7.45 half

Ka'ena Point
Ka’ena Point

Happy and full of Dat Cajun Guy, since the weather was nice, we decided to drive over to Ka’ena Point and take the walk to the point.

It was a nice following activity after such delicious food.

Dat Cajun Guy
Dat Cajun Guy – food truck in Haleiwa, Hawaii

If you have a few minutes, watch the full video of this meal below:

(Or watch it on YouTube here)

Conclusion

Dat Cajun Guy is a food truck on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii, within the small town of Haleiwa. On the menu you’ll find all the New Orleans classics, like jambalaya, bbq seafood, fried pickles, and po-boy sandwiches.

Everything I tried was marvelous, and I think my favorite was the combo fish and shrimp po-boy that was cooked perfectly with a perfect ratio of ingredients.

I have very little experience eating Cajun and Creole food, but after that beautiful meal at Dat Cajun Guy, I’m looking forward to much more.

Dat Cajun Guy

Address: 66-472 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, HI 96712, United States
Open hours: 10:30 am – 4 pm, closed on Sunday and Wednesday, but check their social media updates because they occasionally aren’t open due to special events.
Prices: Prices, while they are a bit on the high side, are pretty average for meals in Hawaii, and considering the location and the deliciousness of the food, it’s worth it. Meals cost around $10 – $15.
How to get there: Dat Cajun Guy is located right along Kamehameha Highway, within the town of Haleiwa. There’s a food truck lot, where there’s about 5 – 10 food trucks all set up, and Dat Cajun Guy is positioned at the front, right by the entrance of the lot.



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  • Michelle Liu

    4 weeks ago

    Love your food blogs, makes me hungry every time I see your pictures.

  • Carol Rogers

    2 months ago

    Oh this looks delicous!! We are traveling to Hawaii next month with my daughter and her kids, looks like we will have to try 🙂

  • Angela

    4 months ago

    Hi Mark, I have watch a lot of your videos and enjoyed them while amazed of how skinny you are. However, I lived in Hawaii for like 5 years. I can assure you Giovanni shrimp truck is over rated and only famous for the fact it was the first shrimp truck in the North Shore. A lot of people that come visit me in Hawaii tried it and say it’s not that good. Especially when I show them to the comparison of eating at Fumi Shrimp Truck which has fresh farm shrimp. I highly recommend you going there and realize it’s a big difference. Please let me know what you think.

  • Ruby Murray

    12 months ago

    What a great surprise. Being from New Orleans but living in Houston…..to see a New Orleans food truck on Oahu.
    We enjoyed our lunch of shrimp scampi and Jambalaya. Awesome food and better people…plus free sweet tea refills.

  • Kristen

    1 year ago

    Yum! Now that you’ve gotten a taste for New Orleans cuisine, we think you should come down to the Big Easy and try it firsthand. We have some of the best food in the world, are known as the “Creator of the Modern Cocktail” and have history on every corner. What a combination!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Thank you Kristen, I’d love to visit New Orleans!

  • Laura @Travelocafe

    2 years ago

    Everything looks so delicious! 🙂

  • Felipe Alvarez

    2 years ago

    This makes me feel hungry right now. Fried pickles are indeed one of my favourite meals, thanks for all info, really interesting.

  • Izy Berry

    2 years ago

    The food is delicious !! I really need to try the fish and shrimp combo po -boy and the beautiful views wow . To me it sounds like that place is paradise.

  • Bhaskar

    2 years ago

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  • Elaine

    2 years ago

    Gotta love authentic Cajun food in the middle of the Pacific Ocean … will try to track down this guy when I get to Hawaii!

  • Neil Mitchell

    2 years ago

    Ok THANKS Mark, that does it I’m going to this place. I’m going to hit both the huli huli chicken place and this Cajun truck in Oct when I’m there. The next day I’m going to Mitsu Ken for some garlic chicken. Have you and Ying eaten at ‘Thai Opal’? It’s in Haleiwa too right by Long’s Drugs. It’s supposed to be really good but the guys been closed every time I’ve tried to visit there!! Anyway great review Mark, Oahu is a great place to get tasty food!!

  • Lissa

    2 years ago

    New Orleans is by the ocean too so they are used to working with fresh from the ocean sea foods. Still, I think Hawaii is so isolated, it might feel a little land locked at times. It’s nice to have something different every once in awhile.
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