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mi ranchito

main street, Hawi, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #7 of 14 Restaurants in Hawi
Cuisines: Mexican
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Description: just to the sea side of the liquor store/convenience store
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Phoenix, Arizona
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Went there on a whim and glad we did. True Mexican food served the traditional way. Just a small restaurant with no more then 12 small tables. You walk up to a window, place your order and sit down. They bring it to you. We started with the chips and salsa and the taste of the salsa blew us away... More

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Victoria, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This is literally a hole in a wall with half a dozen tables in the breezeway. Such a charming little place in downtown Hawi. The locals eat there regularly and the lovely women at the window was busy taking phone orders. Food is served on huge platters with gorgeous salsa and guacamole. Honestly I am no expert on Mexican food... More

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Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013 via mobile

We asked the owner of an upscale shop where to have lunch. Of the two places she mentioned we chose Mi Ranchito. We each ordered different things. All five of us were happily impressed with the simply outstanding Mexican food!

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Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We ordered food to go after a strenuous hike in and out of the Pololu Valley plus the distant valleys. Great authentic mexican food. The service was quick and friendly. The food was filling and authentic. We took it to go and found a lovely spot a local beach to watch the sunset. So cool that you can have beer... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013 via mobile

Yes!!! This place is great and full of character. Order through the window, get a beer from the liquor store next door, and plant yourself at one of the tables. The homestyle food is delicious, as are the horchatas! Can't wait to go back!

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

We have been coming to Kailua Kona for over 15 years and we always have to have our Mexican food each week--we are from Arizona so we know good Mexican food. Several years ago we discovered El Maguey in a little strip mall in Kailua Kona--across the street from the Honda Dealership. Good, good food. So, yesterday we decided to... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

This little place is wonderful. There is a window in a breezeway to order from a charming mamacita. There are a few tables placed around the perimeter out of the breeze or the rain. After ordering, you are served a basket of chips and salsa. ( You can duck around the corner to buy a Corona or two from the... More

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Randolph, New Jersey
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89 reviews 89 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Great place for lunch. Located in the rear of the Kohala Trade Center building. Order at the window and take a seat inside or at one of the few tables outside overlooking the rear parking area. Chips and salsa were fair. Lunch portions were large; prices were inexpensive (for Hawaii). The burrito and enchiladas that we ordered were filling. No... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

My friend and I rented Harley Davidson motorcycles from Kailua (from Big Island Harley Davidson) and rode north to Hawi for some lunch. We came across this "window service" Mexican restaurant, the menu looked great and kitchen looked extremely clean through the ordering window. Two very personable Mexican ladies were busy preparing food in the kitchen and the music playing... More

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Weatherford, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

Had dinner here tonight, definitely a hole in the wall place. Ordered at the window after looking over the menu. I had the Chili Verde with pulled pork plate, My wife at the Camorones Enchiladas. We also had chips and hot sauce. Being from Texas I like spicy food. The hot sauce was very good and quit warm. The main... More

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