You guys know how much we love finding the local food and one of our favorites this stop in Flagler Beach was actually a food truck with a permanent location INSIDE our campground (um, hello – why isn’t every campground renting out a front spot to local food trucks!?!). Such a delicious and unexpected treat when we arrived to Beverly Beach Camptown Resort in Beverly Beach, Florida (basically Flagler Beach). KIMOS Hawaiian Food opened in July 2017 after Jennie and Craig purchased the food truck and began their adventure in the food business.
We frequented this place so often that I didn’t want to just provide a normal review so this time, we did a mini-interview with the owners of KIMOS Hawaiian Style Food Truck to find out a little more about them and their cuisine. They’re an absolute gem of a family who moved down to Flagler Beach to open their food truck. Much like how we’ve picked up our life and completely changed it by living full-time in our RV, the Garris family took a chance and started a new life in Flagler Beach. They moved from Massachusetts 3 years ago for a simpler life out of the cold where they could enjoy being outside, at the beach, in a small town with family. Hard-working professionals working as an Optometrist and a Golf Pro, moved themselves along with their 4 children (ages 10-25) to Flagler Beach.
After high school, Craig moved back to Hawaii where he learned everything about his heritage and the food. When it was time to start a family, they moved to Cape Cod where they resided for 20 years prior to selling their home and belongings to make the trek down to Florida.
Jennie was always a good cook and between that and the recipes passed down from Craig’s family in Hawaii, they started this food truck serving up all the foods they’ve been cooking in the family for years – everything from shrimp tacos to my personal favorite, SPAM fried rice.
Listen, I know right now you’re thinking SPAM fried rice – really? Yes, really. It. Is. DELICIOUS. It is honestly one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. This combination of fried rice, fried SPAM, and vegetables provides a unique flavor palette that makes the soul happy.
When you ask Jennie what the best part is about running a food truck in a beach town, she quickly responds with the people. KIMOS has regular customers who stop by just to say hello then come back later for a bite to eat after they hit the beach. Meeting the people and hearing their stories is such a special part of the food truck business and this town doesn’t disappoint. Craig and Jennie are well known in the area and many other restaurant owners show up to get their food at both KIMOS Hawaiian Food Truck and at Farley’s Irish Pub in the European Village (more on that below). The community loves them and they love their community and that’s what makes this place so special.
PS. As a bonus, they’ve now taken over the menu at Farley’s in the European Village. They’ve revamped the menu and are serving all their specialties plus more! It’s an Irish pub with a little Hawaiian flare! On weekends, they often have specials like Poke Bowls and Guinness Stew to go along with all the drinks the pub serves.