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Honolulu's 5 favorite food stands (that won't break the bank)

Ubae | Photo: Weich Y./Yelp

By Hoodline - Published on September 27, 2019.

Looking to try the best food stands in town?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable food stands in Honolulu, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture next time you're on the hunt.

1. Island Vintage Shave Ice

Photo: khin A./Yelp

Topping the list is Island Vintage Shave Ice. Located at 2201 Kalakaua Ave., Level 1, B-1 Kiosk in Waikiki, the food stand, which offers shaved ice, ice cream and more, is the highest-rated inexpensive food stand in Honolulu, boasting 4.5 stars out of 908 reviews on Yelp.

This stand is an extension of the Island Vintage Coffee company, which has several stores in Hawaii. The food stand offers cost-conscious consumers organic ice cream and frozen yogurt for under $7 (with topping like honeycomb, matcha syrup and azuki beans) and shaved ice (in flavors of mango, strawberry, pineapple and lychee mint) for under $6. Beware of the pricy add-ons and mix-ins. 

2. Ubae

Photo: angela c./Yelp

Next up is Kalihi-Palama's Ubae, situated at 1284 Kalani St., Suite D-107. With 4.5 stars out of 401 reviews on Yelp, the bakery and food stand, which offers desserts and more, has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a low-priced option.

On the menu, look for crinkle cookies (six for $10) and mini cheesecake tarts (four for $6.25). Yelpers recommend stopping in early before the tarts sell out.  Also give a try to the dairy-free, coconut-based ube soft serve. 

Check out the full menu here. 

3. Ice Cream Rolls Hawaii

Photo: Yesica e./Yelp

Ice Cream Rolls Hawaii, a food stand that offers ice cream and frozen yogurt and more in Waikiki, is another much-loved, low-priced go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 66 Yelp reviews. Head over to 208 Kapuni St. to see for yourself.

This stand sells rolled ice cream in a bowl for $7. Flavor options include strawberry, Oreo, banana caramel, coffee, pineapple, chocolate and matcha green tea. Another budget-friendly bonus: All the toppings (chocolate sauce, caramel, Nutella, sprinkles, nuts and more) are free. 

4. Sloppy Sandwich Cart At Lowes

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Over in Kalihi-Palama, check out Sloppy Sandwich Cart At Lowes, which has earned five stars out of 29 reviews on Yelp. Dig in at the food stand, which offers sandwiches and more, by heading over to 411 Pacific St.

This spot offers $8 sandwiches and salads, as well as chicken nuggets, french fries, hot dogs and mozzarella sticks for six bucks or less. If you want to splurge on a panini sandwich, Yelpers recommend ordering the chicken pesto, the Cuban or the Reuben melt. 

5. Hula Dog Kuhio

photo: mike d./yelp

Last but not least, there's Hula Dog Kuhio, a Waikiki favorite with four stars out of 192 reviews. Stop by 206 Kapuni St. to hit up the food stand and Hawaiian spot next time you're looking to satisfy your cravings on a budget.

Grab a hot dog at this food stand for less than $7. Start by picking a bread (white, wheat, bacon taro), then the meat (Polish sausage or veggie dog) before choosing a garlic lemon sauce (ranging from mild to hot), a tropical relish and a Hawaiian mustard (tangy or sweet). You can also order a fresh-squeezed lemonade at a discount with the purchase of a hot dog. 


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