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    What are some good Mexican restaurants in town?

    There were a couple that I used to frequent, but not sure if they're still open--the one on the corner of Young and I think it was Beretania, and the other one on Piikoi.
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    Los Chaparros on Beretania street. The owners are from Mexico city. Nice folks. Great authentic food. Highly recommended.

    See my blog review on the place here and here.

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    Forgot to mention, there's a (pretty long) thread already started on this subject here: "Authentic" Mexican Food?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pomai View Post
    Los Chaparros on Beretania street. The owners are from Mexico city. Nice folks. Great authentic food. Highly recommended.

    See my blog review on the place here and here.
    Quote Originally Posted by Pomai View Post
    Forgot to mention, there's a (pretty long) thread already started on this subject here: "Authentic" Mexican Food?!
    Thanks, Pomai! I tried a search but for some reason the thread never showed up. I was thinking it was deleted.
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    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
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    there is also Azteca on Waialae Ave., just around the corner from Jose's. I've always liked it - small but good food, good chips/salsa and you can get a margarita! it's where I go when I really need my "fix" of Mexican food.

    Diego's is also good - they have a bigger restaurant on Sand Island Rd.

    and of course, my old fave is still Just Tacos, located in Mililani Shopping Center
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    We have Los Garcias, Mexico Lindo and Maui Tacos in Kailua - Cisco's Cantina bit the dust.

    Have been only to Los Garcias, which I thought was pretty good. Anyone been to Mexico Lindo?

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    Kay den, here's the test. Walk in to Mexican restaurant and ask for "totopos y pico de gallo". This is what gabachos (haolis) call "chips and salsa." If the person behind the counter says "Huh?", walk out, no run out of the place!

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    Quote Originally Posted by matapule View Post
    REAL refried beans, REAL guacamole, REAL burritos de puerco.
    Just post the way YOU make them and I'll be scarfing them down for din!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Whitfield View Post
    Just post the way YOU make them and I'll be scarfing them down for din!
    Can you get frijoles de mayo, tomatillos, and carnitas?
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    I believe so!

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    Do yourself a favor and go to Serg's Mexican Kitchen, 2740 E.Manoa Rd, in Manoa. My family and I drive from Waianae just to eat there. They have Menudo on Fridays and Saturdays. We're recent transplants from Nevada, and my son says the Flautas are "Broke Da' Mouth" Tell Serge Angel sent you...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelito View Post
    Do yourself a favor and go to Serg's Mexican Kitchen, 2740 E.Manoa Rd, in Manoa. My family and I drive from Waianae just to eat there. They have Menudo on Fridays and Saturdays. We're recent transplants from Nevada, and my son says the Flautas are "Broke Da' Mouth" Tell Serge Angel sent you...
    Perfect! I forgot about that place...always meant to try it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelito View Post
    Do yourself a favor and go to Serg's Mexican Kitchen, 2740 E.Manoa Rd, in Manoa. My family and I drive from Waianae just to eat there. They have Menudo on Fridays and Saturdays. We're recent transplants from Nevada, and my son says the Flautas are "Broke Da' Mouth" Tell Serge Angel sent you...

    This just in:
    Serge's is now open on Sundays for breakfast. I know where I'll be this Sunday!!!

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    Diego's is also good - they have a bigger restaurant on Sand Island Rd.
    They've got one on Kam Hwy in Pearl City, but where on Sand Island Access Road is this? I drove down there the other day to look for it, but couldn't find it. There used to be a Mexican joint in that building with L&L and Lox o' Bagels, but it shut down last year and nothing's taken its place yet.
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    it's on the left side of road, but I couldn't really say how far - maybe 1/4 mile?
    i haven't been there in a long time so it may have been closed. sorry if you made the drive for nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelito View Post
    They have Menudo on Fridays and Saturdays.
    Great, but do they have Mexican soul food - tacos de lengua or tacos de cabeza with a michelada? What about birria and jamaica?
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    new mexican fave for us is tacos ricos, formerly of 99 ranch, now on kapahulu at the former waiola shave ice spot. reviews here. also was featured on cheap eats. they have dollar tacos between 3pm and 4pm daily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matapule View Post
    Great, but do they have Mexican soul food - tacos de lengua or tacos de cabeza with a michelada? What about birria and jamaica?
    No, my search is still on for Lengua, not a big fan of Cabeza, Birria I can take or leave. I make my own Micheladas. Now I'm hungry...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cynsaligia View Post
    new mexican fave for us is tacos ricos, formerly of 99 ranch, now on kapahulu at the former waiola shave ice spot. reviews here. also was featured on cheap eats. they have dollar tacos between 3pm and 4pm daily.
    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.

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    for anyone interested - Just Taco's has a new place in Manoa, I think at the MarketPlace. Not exactly sure of the location but it is similar in size to the one that used to be at Remington College Bldg. For those of you who have not tried them before, you just might find somethng good there. and there are many HT folks who can verify that!
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    The popular El Mariachi restaurant in Kaneohe is expanding. There used to be a small branch of Central Pacific Bank next door. EM is tearing down the wall between them so their existing space will more than triple.
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    Great! They were really cramped with their 25 seats! Love their food although I always carry out.

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    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.

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    www.luibuenos.com is new, in Haleiwa.

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