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Makers meet tasters at new ‘food market’

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    Food-truck dining is a daily experience at Makers and Tasters at the old Fisherman's Wharf location. Try Kau Kau Grill's garlic ahi and its barbecue baby back ribs.
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The nomadic nature of food truck dining gained a bit of permanence in August with the opening of Makers and Tasters at the old Fisherman’s Wharf location on the waterfront across from Ward Warehouse.

The new site — the latest project of Street Grindz, creator of Eat the Street and Honolulu Night Market — is officially described as a "food park and marketplace." What it provides is a convenient gathering spot for food trucks (the makers) where their customers (the tasters) can find them. With parking. And seating, partially shaded. And bathrooms. And eventually, a bar.

In short, at Makers and Tasters you can enjoy the al fresco, adventurous spirit of the food-truck experience, along with the basic amenities of brick-and-mortar dining.

Adding to the adventure: The mix of food trucks changes day by day (the regulars are Kau Kau Grill, known for ribs; Aunty Nee’s Kitchen, Puerto Rican food; and Tea on Fleek, iced teas flavored with fresh fruit; plus La Roux, New Orleans-style meals at breakfast). Check the website for a daily schedule.

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The site is also the new home of the monthly Eat the Street, when you can expect to find dozens of trucks out in force.

A nice touch: A bit of Fisherman’s Wharf remains in the form of the old sign, which would make a good meeting spot amid the crowds during Eat the Street.

Hours

>> Weekdays: 6 to 9 a.m., 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.

>> Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.

>> Eat the Street: 5 to 10 p.m. last Friday of every month

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1011 Ala Moana Blvd., 772-3020; makersandtasters.com

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