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    Quote Originally Posted by matapule View Post
    can you get frijoles de mayo, tomatillos, and carnitas?
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    Los Chaparros as suggested by Pomai is a pretty good place. The food seems pretty authentic and the atmosphere is great. Excellent salsa!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Whitfield View Post
    Went last night, $14 later I was still hungry because these really are MINI tacos. I've never even heard of tortillas this friggin small! Whoever is making them should stop, it's just not right.
    I'll hit them again during $1 taco hour, otherwise it's overpriced. Taco Diego's gives twice as much for the same price, and I thot THOSE were mini tacos!

    Had the 5 for $9 plus a side of Mex rice and a sm. horchata.
    4 carnitas and 1 tounge. Both were great and the white corn tortillas were good. The tounge comes with a sauce and was super tender. No wonder those farm boys...
    The rice was good as well and had a limey/cilantro taste. Different.
    The horchata was just right.
    we find the 5 tacos for $9 more than sufficient for our appetites & neither eric or i are far from small eaters.

    the taco size is exactly what you'd find in authntic ntaco eateries on mainland,
    like luis's in orefon, which we visite last august and which candidate oba visited w/his bro in law.

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    of cheese before us are too compelling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cynsaligia View Post
    we find the 5 tacos for $9 more than sufficient for our appetites & neither eric or i are far from small eaters. the taco size is exactly what you'd find in authntic ntaco eateries on mainland,
    like luis's in orefon, which we visite last august and which candidate oba visited w/his bro in law.

    apologies for sloppy posting-- eric & i are enjoying ahappy hour at apartment3 & my glass of wine & the platter of cheese before us are too compelling.
    I'll have to check out orefon someday! Is that in our universe?
    When I strap my taco appetite on there's no limit to grinding (except my wallet) and I'd have to hit Rico's during taco happy hour to top Diego's. I like how they saute the meat, and do the rice, w/onion and whatever else to add a rustic flavor.

    But even when we'd venture down the road to East LA, 40 years ago, for true Mex food I've never seen those chinsy little tortillas. Olvera Street, no mini shells there, for sure! That's where I discovered soft pork tacos and fell in love.

    I have a feeling it's taco happy hour today...

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    Serg's in Manoa is my new favorite! I wrote a review on yelp if you want my thoughts on it.

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/sergs-mexican-kitchen-honolulu

    Los Chapparos is my second favorite.

    Both Azteca and El Borrito have made my stomach queasy the last few times so I avoid them.

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    Worth noting;
    Diego's comes out winners again with their 'more for less' bulk deals. It can vary per location, but 10 soft tacos for $13,or 20 for $20, ladat.
    Considering these are VERY good tacos, in both amount and taste, that's hard to beat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by niimo View Post
    Serg's in Manoa is my new favorite! I wrote a review on yelp if you want my thoughts on it.

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/sergs-mexican-kitchen-honolulu

    Los Chapparos is my second favorite.

    Both Azteca and El Borrito have made my stomach queasy the last few times so I avoid them.
    i;m tryiing to figure out where this restaurant is? can you give me a clue? i know there was a new restaurant opening at corner of manoa rd. & lowery. is this the location?
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    Had takeout tacos and enchiladas and nachos from El Mariachi 2 in Aiea for dinner this evening. Pretty darned good, and conveniently located for me.

    I haven't tried El Charro across the street in the Aiea Shopping Center upstairs near Aiea Bowl, but I'm told I should.

    I think I've had tacos from Diego's on Kam Highway in Pearl City once, but obviously it wasn't so great an experience or I'd remember it better.

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    If I was Elvis tonite I'd fly with my posse to Pearl City and bring Diego's tacos back home to taco-less Kaaawa.

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    I think that MEXICO Restaurant on School street is very, very good!
    Great tasting fresh food, incredible margaritas, and the wait-staff are cool.
    http://www.eatouthawaii.com/restaura...s_id=72&cui=35
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    Quote Originally Posted by Menehune Man View Post
    I think that MEXICO Restaurant on School street is very, very good!
    Great tasting fresh food, incredible margaritas, and the wait-staff are cool.
    MEXICO was the first and only stop in my aborted Mex restaurants review for personal enjoyment, and I found it nothing quite like MM's. While the spacial interior ambience was both subdued yet lively = nice, the food (basic cheese enchi plate) and lunch service (1 guy) were merely OK, and prices fairly reflected this. I wouldn't return on my own, but wouldn't fuss up if that's where the group decides to go, the cozy bar is pretty decent bang4buk.
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    Sorry you didn't enjoy it as much.
    All of us ordered different items on the menu and were happy with our choices!
    Maybe you needed a margarita?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Menehune Man View Post
    Maybe you needed a margarita?
    That, and someone to share it with, which is why my research lasted one place.

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    I see above some favorable reviews of Serg's. There's one near me, next to Waimanalo Beach Park, where I got take-out once last March. The meat was stringy and gristly. I didn't like it (but I'm no connoisseur of Mexican food).
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    I am not sure if anyone checked this place out yet or not, BUT, for a Mexican restaurant I love to go to is...

    http://www.loschaparros.com/index.htm & their menu: http://www.loschaparros.com/TakeOut_Final.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by Serenity View Post
    I am not sure if anyone checked this place out yet or not, BUT, for a Mexican restaurant I love to go to is... http://www.loschaparros.com/index.htm & their menu: http://www.loschaparros.com/TakeOut_Final.pdf
    I've mentioned it a couple of times recently over in Helen's "What's For Lunch?" thread and I put the links in there too. Los Chapparos is possibly the best Mexican restaurant on the island, or at least in the top two or three.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Whitfield View Post
    Still craving more carnitas I went to Diego's on King to compare w/last night's meal @ Taco Ricos. Paid the same $14 and got 4 carnitas taco, side Mex rice, and horchata, and Diego's is the winner. Even tho one less taco than Ricos, they were more in size and better, better rice, better horchata. For desert, two more tacos. I left full and happy.
    Diego's on King Street closed about two months ago, darn it.
    And regarding Los Chapparos, the first mention was in Pomai's #2 post in this thread. Check out that post and click on the two blog links. Great reviews and great photos!
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    Just in time for Cinco de Mayo!

    I've been to Los Chapparos. And it is very good.

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    Sorry to hear about Diego's-King, is the Pearl City shop still going?
    I went in Los Chaparros once, but I don't eat anywhere that has that cockroach infestation smell, it kills my appetite and is a loud warning. Maybe it's just from once being an old home and no reflection on anything else, but for starters that smell has got to go.

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    Ron, you wrote about that in February 2010, over two years ago. And you haven't been back since?
    I've been in there a bunch of times in the past couple of years and never smelled anything bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LikaNui View Post
    Ron, you wrote about that in February 2010, over two years ago. And you haven't been back since?
    I've been in there a bunch of times in the past couple of years and never smelled anything bad.
    I've been far from town since that post and never have a chance to Mex out these days, but if they've actually taken care of at least the odor, that's a plus. I probably wouldn't go back, as I'd never get past the reminder, but that may be my loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Whitfield View Post
    Happened to hit my old fave El Burrito on Piikoi Sat. It was OK, but seems like it used to be better. The chips and salsa were still good.

    Los Chaparros..., went in once. I don't trust no place that smells like cockroaches.

    I like Banditos in Pearl Ridge, but they don't have white corn tortillas, a must.
    Probably not a Mexican in the house but flavor is king. Good chips and salsa, good mex rice/beans. I always get a plate w/shredded beef/chicken/cheese enchiladas, so I have no idea what else they have or how it may taste. Personal TVs too, and booze. Fair prices, always no crowd in the nook on the bar side.

    Mexico, on School St./Kalihi, went once, was just OK. Would try again, and get something besides my habit of enchiladas.

    Diego's Taco Shop/s are good, but kinda pricey. Their tacos are small, but great, so good I've never had anything else. They also serve horchata. I don't know who else does.

    Jose's in Kaimuki, basic fare, good. Havn't been for years.

    Rosie's in Haleiwa, basic, but they have a special night for all you can eat tacos.

    There's a joint in Rest. Row that I want to try.

    http://www.alternative-hawaii.com/rest/ome.htm
    http://www.hawaiiforvisitors.com/oah...estaurants.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by memorylane View Post
    Cockroaches have a smell??
    Their nests do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by memorylane View Post
    Cockroaches have a smell??
    How do cockroaches smell?
    With their antenna.

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    The Mexican restaurant at Market City has closed.

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