Food Box

Cajun in ‘da Country

Oahu, once pretty much a two-note restaurant town (Asian, American) now offers a much broader spectrum, down to Himalayan and even a weekly Ethiopian pop-up. But for years, Southern cookin’, Cajun and Creole food have been scarce.

Happily, there’s a new Southern source in town. But you won’t find it in the city.

You’ll have to venture out to the country to grind these authentic Louisiana classics. But as soon as you bite into a hot, 10-inch po’boy ($9.50), scoop up some housemade jambalaya ($9.50) or thick chicken and andouille gumbo ($8.50) or go to work on a fried fish platter with red beans and rice and potato salad ($12), you’ll have forgotten wherever it is that you came from and feel as though you done gone straight to heaven.

So where, and what, is this heavenly destination? It’s a food truck called Dat Cajun Guy, it’s located in Haleiwa, and it’s owned and operated by Jordan Romano, who knows how to represent Acadiana and Da Big Easy, down to sides such as Zapp’s thick-cut Louisiana potato chips, pecan pralines and an array of Southern condiments for doctoring up your plate jus’ how you like it.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Jordan can claim authenticity in Louisiana-style cooking, down to the main ingredient: soul (aka aloha). Six months ago, he left his job as a union carpenter to do what he loves: feeding people.

He’s doing that five days a week with a menu that includes weekly specials and savory smoked sausage so good it might turn a vegetarian into a meat-lover. On the other hand, his red beans and rice may sound simple, but it’s off-the-charts delicious and completely vegetarian (for the non-converts).

With Louis Armstrong recordings playing in the background and the status of LSU basketball a hot topic, Jordan and his wife, Ashley, who helps run the show, bring a little slice of New Orleans to each plate. As the Romanos like to say in Cajun patois: “Laissez les bons temps rouler!”

Food truck parked at 66-470 Kamehameha Hwy., Haleiwa. Open: 11am-5:30pm Tue.-Sat. No alcohol, major credit cards. Check Facebook or Twitter for periodic closings due to weather, other commitments. 861-5567.