Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Shrimp Guys

Although gourmet food trucks are relatively new to Los Angeles, locals and tourists in Hawai'i have long enjoyed lunching off the famed Giovanni's Shrimp Truck on the North Shore of Oahu.

Inspired by a trip to Oahu and a meal at Giovanni's, Rich Narne and Rico Libang founded The Shrimp Guys. Their website states that their objective is to evoke memories of Hawai'i for its customers--a surefire way to this girl's heart! Although The Shrimp Guys has been up and running for several months, Rich and Rico have been busy with catering and have taken to the streets only in the last few weeks.

After stalking The Shrimp Guys on Twitter for weeks, I caught up to them at NELAart Night in Eagle Rock.

The Shrimp Guys

After chatting with Rich and Rico while the grill fired up, I found myself surprised that neither owner is from Hawai'i. Both are so genuinely friendly and passionate about their food and the 808 state that they ooze with "aloha spirit."

In an homage to Giovanni's, The Shrimp Guys, of course, offers Garlic Butter Shrimp. To make things their own, however, Rich and Rico also have Coconut Lime Shrimp on the menu and will serve specials such as Loco Moco (rice topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg and gravy) and Shrimp Tacos. All shrimp is available regular or spicy, and all shrimp plates cost $9.00 (drink included).

The Shrimp Guys

Rich offered the make a special plate for me and J with half garlic butter and half coconut lime shrimp. We really enjoyed watching the Shrimp Guys cook this mound of shrimp on their giant flat-top and eagerly awaited our dinner.

The Shrimp Guys

Let me state for the record that your $9.00 will go far. Our plate was absolutely loaded with shrimp and three scoops of rice, which soaked up the tasty flavors of the shrimp.

The garlic butter shrimp did not disappoint. Each shrimp had a delightful crunch that packed a garlic-y punch. Although my inner fat kid wanted the shrimp to drip with butter, I certainly did not complain about the lovely garlic flavor that prevailed in the dish.

My favorite of the two, however, was the coconut lime shrimp. Topped with a sweet and spicy mango salsa that reminded me of my Dad's own mango salsa (major bonus points here), the coconut lime shrimp had the perfect amount of flavor. Dishes such as this are all too often overpoweringly sweet, but the Shrimp Guys have done it right with a subtle sweetness that is enhanced by the salsa. I'll be back again soon to order a whole plate of this for myself.

Coconut Lime Shrimp & Garlic Butter Shrimp @ The Shrimp Guys

Although some may balk at the $9.00 price tag, here is my logic. Many Angelenos rave about the Grilled Cheese Truck, whose sandwiches will set you back around $8.00. With all due respect, will one grilled cheese fill you up? No. Is it something you could attempt on your own? Indubitably. A plate from The Shrimp Guys will definitely fill you up with restaurant-quality food that you may not cook for yourself every day.

The Shrimp Guys are friendly, hilarious and are serving delicious food (and lots of it) with a drink (they even have Hawaiian Sun juice!). You're paying for quantity and quality...and a little taste of Hawai'i.

The Shrimp Guys

The Shrimp Guys in Los Angeles

9 comments:

  1. I just had them today at the Beat Swap Meet..They're shrimp is so good! I loved they're garlic concoction topped on their rice, I think I can eat it alone with a spoon like cereal! Man I shoulda done what you did and ask for half and half to try the coconut lime shrimp!

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  2. looks really really good!
    i guess i have to add another truck to follow on twitter :D

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  3. Ohhhh maaaan! I LOVE shrimp! This truck needs to swing by my hood. I thought that you weren't a seafood lover. Did Ludo change your mind?

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  4. Actually, shrimp is the only kind of seafood I usually eat. I have had lobster again since the FoodDigger dinner, though!

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  5. Did not know about a shrimp truck in LA! I always read (and drool) about them when reading about bloggers' trips to Hawaii. Thanks for the heads up!

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  6. um, wow. my last trip to oahu didn't allow me a chance to go to the north shore so i didn't get shrimp. now i must stalk them. too bad we can't draw on their truck. ;)

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  7. I normally dislike these new food trucks that's been sprouting out day after day, but this one looks quite promising!

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  8. how does it compare to giovanni's?

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  9. They were different--more buttery than garlicky. Still yummy, though! I liked their garlic butter shrimp but looooved their coconut lime shrimp.

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