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Taco Kabana

27 May

Taco Kabana

1121 Union Mall

Honolulu, HI 96813

Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-9pm / Closed Sat & Sun

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Taco Kabana is a cute little taco shack located right outside my office building. Every day at lunch there is a line out the door of people waiting to get a piece of their selective menu.

Taco Kabana serves up tacos, burritos, and quesadillas with your choice of meat, steak or chicken. No rice. No beans. No fuss. Good sauce.

Now I have only had their steak tacos and a steak burrito and I was more than happy with both. Β Their tacos a little reminders of the great LA street tacos I’m used to, just less greasy. The meat is tender, they don’t overdo the cilantro or onion, and the hot sauce is flavorful not just hot. The burrito was amazing, packed with meat, veggies, and hot sauce. I ordered this on my way home, after a long day at the office and I devoured the thing before I made it in the front door.

To top it off, everyone I’ve encountered at Taco Kabana is happy, friendly, and welcoming.

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Mexico Lindo

11 Apr
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Chile Relleno

Mexico Lindo

600 Kailua Rd

Kailua, HI 96734

Hours: Sun-Thurs 10am-9pm / Fri & Sat 10am-10pm

Mexico Lindo has some of the most delicious well prepared looking food, with some of the blandest tastes and saddest service. I’ve been to Mexico Lindo twice, but only because I was living in denial that the food had to be better.

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Nachos – 1st Visit

We started off our meal, both times, with nachos. Here lies the proof of inconsistent preparation. Our first encounter with the nachos was a cheesy mess. Yes, everything was bland, but the abundance of cheese at least made it an enjoyable experience. Our second go at the nachos was unrecognizable, neatly prepped and sparsely topped. Rather than digging through endless cheese we were left with empty chips.

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Nachos – 2nd Visit

As far as main dishes go we have tried their crispy tacos and chile relleno. The chile relleno was ok, battered and cheesy, well dressed, but bland. The rice and beans that come with all their plates, look amazing, taste like water. The tacos are so sad. Please fry your own shells if you’re serving hard shell tacos and you’re not Taco Bell.

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Crunchy Taco

Now onto the service. It was in no way bad, but clearly fake. The waitresses are with their fake smiles and fake politeness, do enough to deserve your tip, but not enough to make you comfortable asking for a refill or extra salsa.

The one possible redeeming quality this place may have would be their margaritas. They look really good, but I haven’t tried one yet.

I Like my Tacos Greasy

25 Sep

Colonia Taco Lounge

13030 E Valley Blvd
La Puente, CA 91746

Hours:
Tues-Thurs 11am-9pm / Fri & Sat 11am-10pm / Closed Sun & Mon

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Crunchy Avocado Taco

Reviewing Colonia Taco Lounge is a strange task for me. This place puts my desire and love for greasy carne asada tacos served on the street against my desire to be surprised and see something classic taken to new levels. Colonia Taco Lounge is not a basic tortilla, meat, and salsa taco place. It is a taco shop filled with flavors, toppings, and options you would never ever imagine.

My English professor took me here as a going away celebration and although my taco craving was very disappointed, my foodie side was thrilled by my experience here. I got to try three of their tacos. I ordered their crunchy avocado taco and their fish taco. I got to try part of their campeon.

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Fish Taco

Their crunchy avocado was just that, pure avocado, a little bit of corn, topped with a salsa, and served in a crunchy shell. The flavor was good and the avocado was refreshing, but it needed something else to break up that super creamy texture of the avocado. The fish taco was a fried mahi-mahi, spicy honey, and cabbage. I have mixed feelings on the fish taco. The flavors were good and it had a nice kick, but was overwhelmed by the tortilla.

My favorite of the three tacos I tried was the campeon. It is a taco with seared queso fresco, bacon, and salsa. It was simple, but packed so much flavor. The cheese was gooey, but the sear offered a sharp taste. The bacon was fatty and greasy and crunchy. The salsa was spicy. It was a perfect taco and probably so satisfying because it was a slight nod to a greasy street taco.

Colonia Taco Lounge is big and spacious. It seemed like a great place to meet up with friends on a Friday night. The taco menu rotates and changes so will vary slightly every time you go. The staff were all super kind, attentive, and helpful. Overall, although it goes against all my taco desires, Colonia Taco Lounge was pretty cool.

Kala Truck

14 Feb

Kala Truck

Truck based out of Orange County

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Patron Tacos

I have only tried one item from the Kala Truck and it was quite phenomenal and I cannot wait to check them out again. I tried their Patron Tacos – steak marinated in tequila and lime, pico de gallo, guacamole, and queso fresco. When the tacos were handed to me I picked at the meat as I found a good place to eat. The meat alone did not appeal to me at all and I was fearful; luckily the overall taco’s flavors worked perfectly together. Meat and all, I would not change a thing. The tacos had a surprising kick, a nice heat, but the guacamole offered the perfect balance to make the heat enjoyable. The Kala Truck is a must try, especially if the rest of their food is as well balanced as their Patron Tacos.

Worse Mexican Food Yet

15 Jan

Location:

825 N Hacienda Blvd
La Puente, CA 91744

**Open 24 Hours**

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Tacos Mexico is the worse Mexican food I have ever eaten. So bad I do not even want to give them the benefit of a second try. Walking in is very misleading, everything smelled so good, but I could not have been more disappointed with the food I received. The only thing they have going for them is they are opened 24 hours, but I’d rather stop in at McDonalds for a late night snack, even if I am craving tacos.

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Fish Taco

From Tacos Mexico my boyfriend and I ordered a torta and a fish taco. They were difficult to just stomach and after eating them we were left feeling greasy, heavy and sick. The meat in the torta had no flavor, all toppings were bland, the lettuce and tomato were old, and the bread was smashed and soggy. The fish taco was worse. Slathered in lots of mayo that is all I could taste. It was horrible. Also the fish is chopped up to make it appear as if there is more than there is.

Can I Live off of Fried Ice Cream and Nachos?

16 Dec

Location:

15735 Amar Rd
La Puente, CA 91744

Hours:

7 Days a Week: 9am – 10pm

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I have fallen in love with another Mexican restaurant and to add to my joy this place optimizes “hole in the wall.” At first glance, this restaurant in a run down, old school shopping center, next to a vacant dirt lot looks very unimpressive. Its bright yet dingy paint gives you the impression of better days. Once inside however you are met with wonderful smells, a much larger dining area than you would expect, and a kind staff. To top it off I have LOVED every dish I have tried from Durango’s and I can’t wait to go back again.

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Tacquitos

I have had the pleasure of eating at Durango’s twice so far. the first time we went my boyfriend and I ordered two of their combination plates; I got crunchy tacos and he got the cheese enchilada and chile relleno. We also got an order of tacquitos to try. Mmm we both cleared our plates. The tacquitos were crispy, and fresh, not greasy at all. I was able to take a bite out of one and not rip all the meat out. The guacamole they re served with tastes very pure, not much added, very little fuss and the result is one of the best guacamole I have ever had.

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Two Taco Plate

I loved the tacos, almost as good as my favorite tacos from La Indiana. They were crunchy, stuffed with tender meat, and not too greasy. The rice was nicely cooked and the beans had a nice flavor. Needless to say, I cleared my plate.

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Chile Relleno and Cheese Enchilada Plate

The chile relleno was spicier than I am used to, topped with jalapenos, but was still very nice. It was fried perfectly and had a good amount of cheese. The enchilada was nice, very basic, but done right. The red enchilada sauce had good flavor.

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Beef Nachos

Our second trip to Durango’s was even better! During our first trip there we had seen their nachos and knew we had to come back for them. I LOVE their nachos! Very cheesey, with lots of beans, and shredded beef. Topped with their wonderful guacamole and sour cream, I could not put these down. When you come this is a must order.

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Alambres Jepehaunes

As a main dish we ordered one of their steak dishes, alambres jepehaunes. This is sirloin chunks cooked with green peppers and onions, than topped with cheese. Served with tortillas, rice and beans, this dish is packed with flavor and very satisfying.

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Fried Ice Cream

To finish off our meal we ordered their fried ice cream, decadence to die for. Vanilla ice cream rolled in some kind of corn cereal I believe than deep fried, served in a fried shell and topped with chocolate sauce, whipped cream and a cherry, it was a dream!

Tortas La Corona is a Ripoff

6 Dec

Location:

1712 N Placentia Ave
Fullerton, CA 92831

Hours:

Mon-Thu 9:30 am – 9 pm / Fri-Sat 9:30 am – 9:30 pm / Sun 11 am – 9 pm

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I have been going to Cal State Fullerton for over a year now, and have yet to venture out to the food around me. Tortas La Corona was my first try at the local eateries and it was a HUGE disappointment. The service is slow and the workers are not welcoming at all. The food is nowhere near authentic tasting and way over priced. Almost $8 for a small jamaica and four tacquitos. I know Mexican places where I can get tacquitos, rice, and beans for under $6.

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Thankfully the tacquitos were not greasy, but that was the only plus. It took them almost 10 minutes to get me my four tacquitos and I was the only one there. The portions of guacamole and sour cream were laughable and to top it off the chicken in the taquitos felt ground and super mushy. Nothing had flavor, even the jamaica was watered down. I do not recommend coming here, I would rather eat at the Taco Bell right behind them.