World's Greatest Shrimp -- Uncle Moki's in the mini-mall across the street. Even more surprisingly, owner Uncle Bob told me he used to be a part owner of Giovanni's, one of the original North Shore shrimp trucks. Uncle Moki's is a sparkling clean little place with copies of Hawaii magazine on the tables and a tiny menu -- garlic shrimp with rice, Volcano hot shrimp with rice...that's about it. I tried the wiki wiki size, which is five shrimp and a scoop of rice for $6.50. Uncle Bob generously threw in some volcano shrimp for me to taste, and they were pretty spicy indeed. He says they use olive oil instead of the saturated fat used in Hawaii, resulting in a healthier product. Garlic, olive oil, shrimp...how can you really go wrong? This place is the real deal -- not quite the same as eating in a field on Oahu, but as close as you're going to get in L.A. The only thing it lacked was a fresh coconut pineapple smoothie like you can get next to Giovanni's.
Mahalo, Uncle Bob, for a little preview of my vacation.
World's Greatest Shrimp -
Uncle Moki's Original Hawaiian Shrimp Scampi
3560 S. La Cienega Blvd.