Slideshow: 14 Foods That Will Make You Wish You Lived on Oahu

Mai Tai
Mai Tai
It might be cliché, but it's the drink that's most associated with the island. The multi-hued beverage, darker towards the top thanks to the float of almond-scented orgeat, makes it a perfect match for watching the sunset over the ocean.
House Without a Key
2199 Kalia Road, Honolulu HI 96815 (map) 808-923-2311 halekulani.com
Mixed Plate
Mixed Plate
The best way to taste everything you'd get on a typical plate lunch is to order the plate with it all. The classic plate lunch comes with rice, macaroni salad, and the meat of your choice. The mixed plate shown here gives you a taste of BBQ steak, mahi mahi, and chicken. Look like a lot of food? Don't worry, this is just breakfast on Oahu.
Rainbow Drive-In
3308 Kanaina Avenue, Honolulu HI 96815 (map) 808-737-0177 rainbowdrivein.com
Opihi
Opihi
When it comes time to step outside the everyday and try some true island flavor, pick up some opihi, or 'island abalone'. These little limpets are a dangerous shellfish to harvest due to their ocean and beachside hangouts, but wildly popular among locals. It takes a bit of searching to find them on a menu or in a market, but adventurous eaters are rewarded with a softly yielding crunch and a slightly salty savory seafood snack.
Yama's Fish Market
2332 Young Street, Honolulu HI 96826 (map) 808-941-9994 yamasfishmarket.com
Cocoa Puff
Cocoa Puff
This chocolate-filled cream puff bears no resemblance to the cereal with which it shares a name, but it does have some of the same cuckoo-causing tendencies. Luckily Liliha Bakery keeps the ovens on until 10pm and the doors open all night, so nobody misses out on the macadamia nut Chantilly frosting that tops the pastry.
Liliha Bakery
515 North Kuakini Street, Honolulu HI 96817 (map) 808-531-1651 lilihabakeryhawaii.com
Butter Garlic Shrimp
Butter Garlic Shrimp
North Shore surfers and fresh seafood come together at the many shrimp trucks and shacks that dot the area. Each one serves its own version of the simple dish, and everyone's got their own opinion on which place makes it best. All of them serve up a sweet dish of plump shrimp, doused in butter flavored with garlic so beautifully browned, it looks like it has an island tan.
Romy's Kahuku Prawns & Shrimp
56-781 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku HI 96731 (map) 808-232-2202 romyskahukuprawns.org
Fried Rice (with Kim Chee and Lup Cheong)
Fried Rice (with Kim Chee and Lup Cheong)
The Asian influence on Hawaiian food is widespread and from a range of cultures, and each version of fried rice showcases a different one. The Side Street Inn offers this version--great for soaking up beer in their dive bar location--with 'the works,' which has Portuguese sausage, lup cheong (Chinese sausage), and kim chee (Korean pickled cabbage).
Side Street Inn
1225 Hopaka Street, Honolulu HI 96814 (map) 808-591-0253 sidestreetinn.com
Pasteles
Pasteles
Don't pronounce the 's', in the name, and you'll be ready to pick up a few of these tamale-like treats like a local. Handed down from Puerto Ricans that came to the island over a hundred years ago, the banana-based dough is darkened with spices and embedded bits of mystery meat.
Yama's Fish Market
2332 Young Street, Honolulu HI 96826 (map) 808-941-9994 yamasfishmarket.com
Spam Musubi
Spam Musubi
At every gas station mini-mart, every lunch counter, anywhere there's food to be grabbed, there's opportunity to pick-up the most iconic of Spam servings, the musubi. The sliced meat is rolled, with rice, into a wrapping of seaweed, possibly with a hit of furikake seasoning for extra flavor. Like an oversized meat sushi, the beauty of the dish comes from the contrast in texture and the matching of the meat spices and the salty seaweed.
Tamashiro Market
802 North King Street, Honolulu HI 96817 (map) 808-841-8047
Spam, in All Forms
Spam, in All Forms
It's no secret that residents of Hawaii eat more Spam per capita than any other state, but they are harboring the secret of making it delicious. It's found on most menus, and is usually worth a try. The late-night Spam omelet pictured here was no different, providing enough flavor for the eggs in the omelet and the accompanying rice.
Liliha Bakery
515 North Kuakini Street, Honolulu HI 96817 (map) 808-531-1651 lilihabakeryhawaii.com
Japanese Specialties (Negihama Tartar)
Japanese Specialties (Negihama Tartar)
The connection between the Hawaiian and Japanese Islands is more than just heritage and tourism, it's in the food. From handmade soba noodles, to exquisitely presented sushi, Honolulu lays claim to some of the best Japanese food outside of Japan.
Sushi Izakaya Gaku
1329 South King Street, Honolulu HI 96814 (map) 808-589-1329 ‎
Portuguese Sausage
Portuguese Sausage
Found in all sorts of forms, like loco moco, fried rice, or musubi, this is popular morning meat (it's hard to find a breakfast menu without it). As the name makes clear, this spiced, cased meat comes from Portuguese settlers to island. It's similar to linguiça, but with a little island sweetness added. It works perfectly with biscuits and gravy, as shown here.
The Whole Ox Deli
327 Keawe Street, Honolulu HI 96813 (map) 808-699-6328 wholeoxdeli.com