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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.

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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