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Restaurant Review: Tacos al Pastor

Let’s be honest, Kauai isn’t hurting for good eateries. Still, there is one little food stand tucked along Kuhio Highway has commanded a huge following. If you want a taste of Mexican-Hawaiian fusion cuisine done right, head to Tacos Al Pastor while you’re in Kauai.

TacosAlPastorThis stand may not be big — and its proprietors aren’t into marketing gimmicks or fancy frills — but its food packs a very flavorful punch. Tacos are perfect food stand fare: filling, tasty, and portable. Combine these qualities with the fresh fish and ingredients that Hawaii is famous for, and you have the menu of Tacos Al Pastor. The menu has plenty of variety, so you’re sure to find something for everyone. The vegetarians and vegans among you will enjoy the stand’s garden salads and veggie tacos with salsa fresca, avocado sauce, zucchini, onion, and carrots. Anyone looking for authentic Mexican dishes will have no problem digging into the lengua tacos or the restaurant’s traditional pork al pastor tacos.

The menu at Tacos al Pastor is comprised of complete meals, served with rice and beans. It also includes an a la carte selection of tacos and quesadillas and kids meals for youngsters. Add in some of their ice cold drinks, and your family will have a spread that is beyond delicious and very satisfying. Bonus: Tacos Al Pastor’s prices are an excellent value, especially when you consider the super-fresh ingredients and generous portions. All of the food is packaged in to-go containers, but you and your family can eat your meals at the food stand’s picnic tables. The umbrellas set up to block the sun will be especially welcome if you’re visiting the area on a particularly warm day.

Tacos Al Pastor’s offerings rival some of the best Mexican food one can get in the state, and could even hold its own with restaurants in the Lower 48. Take your family to this fun little food stand anytime between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm seven days a week and be prepared to want to return for each day of your stay in Kauai.

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