We knew we wanted to stop at Luquin's for one of their "famous" margaritas, but we were unsure about whether we would dine here. It was a Friday night-- great local nightlife in little Pahoa-- and Luquin's was one crowded spot!
The place is unusual-- it sprawls into several rooms. There are two bars. The one near the main street entrance is larger and was very crowded (with some seriously strange folks). It was very open here, with many dining tables & booths in the same room. There is another large section for dining adjacent to the main bar, where there is a hostess stand. From there, if you work your way to the back, you will find a smaller, quieter bar that has a side entrance. Here, we ordered our drinks and had a great bartender. She suggested we try the Li Hing Mui Margarita; the glass is rimmed with a bright red powder made from plum skin pickled with coloring and sweetener. It was delicious.
After winding through the restaurant and getting a feel of the place, we decided that Luquin's is not for dining-- the tables were dirty and the place seemed unkempt. So we headed across the street after our amazing drinks, where there are some other incredible dining options.
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