Maui Tacos

Maui Tacos, Brief Review – Kihei, Hawaii
Overall Service Food Quality Atmosphere Vegan Options
6.25 6 7 5 7
Location: 2411 S. Kihei Road, Kihei, HI
Recommended Dish: Paid Burrito
Hours: 9am-9pm
Times Visited: 2

The Stumptown Vegans Travel!

The first thing I noticed walking into Kihei’s Maui Tacos location was that the vegetarian menu was front and foremost.  On top of that, the vegetarian menu was mainly vegan!

The menu contains your normal vegetarian options with black beans with potatoes, guacamole, rice, lettuce, and salsas.  There’s always the question about if the beans and rice are vegetarian, but Maui Tacos quickly puts that concern to rest stating on their menu that the beans are cooked fresh everyday without lard.

The menu items are listed in pigeon, a combination of English, Hawaiian, and Spanish.  I opted for the $7, Paid burrito on my first visit which had lettuce, beans, rice, and guacamole.   I took advantage of their free salsa bar and loaded up with some fresh corn and pineapple, and tomatilla, along with some limes.  I was surprised that the burrito didn’t need the condiments to add flavor- the rice was seasoned well with tomatoes and a smoky pepper flavor.  The black beans were cooked just enough to be firm on the outside and absolutely creamy on the inside.  The generous serving of guacamole helped to give the burrito the right amount of wetness among the other ingredients.  The white flour tortilla was okay, but the wrap didn’t hold it’s shape well, which is dangerous when eating a burrito.  A quick steaming of the tortilla would have helped this.

On the second visit I opted for the Haiku Burrito, which is titled differently at separate franchises.  The potatoes took the place of the rice, even with the same seasoning.  The black beans and lettuce were just like in the Paid burrito, which I prefer to the Haiku because of the creamy guacamole addition.  A serving of pineapple and corn salsa helped to pull the burrito together with the natural sweetness and spiciness from the fresh jalapeno.

The Kihei location doesn’t offer indoor seating but the shared outdoor tables in front of the shop offers many seats to be shared with Subway and Orange Julius customers.

I was surprised by the use of styrofoam for their to go contains.  Maybe you can take your own containers or donate the used box to a mongoose for permanent housing.  On an island where nothing is cheap, the $7 burritos served with a side of yellow corn chips, hits the spot.

So, if you’re looking for a cheap lunch or dinner option before heating to the beach, check out Maui Tacos for a taste of Mexican food when visiting Hawaii, or any of their other franchise locations, as they are quickly expanding.

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