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“Best tacos we've ever had”
Review of Tacos Al Pastor

Tacos Al Pastor
Ranked #9 of 124 Restaurants in Kapaa
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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122 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
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“Best tacos we've ever had”
Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

Tried to eat here one day and they were closed for some unknown reason. I admit I was a little annoyed because we made a special trip to eat here. Luckily on our way through Kapaa on our last day we stopped and they were open. We tried the fish tacos, which was fresh Mahi Mahi this day. To say they were fabulous would be an understatement. We were blown away. I was still a little hungry so I ordered the taco Pastor which is the pork taco. It was also fantastic. The service was very good, friendly and fast. Will definitely make a point of eating here again next time were in Kauai. Keep up the amazing food and service!

  • Visited October 2013
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Dayton, Ohio
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“Fast Friendly Service with Gooood Food!”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

My wife and I stopped here in September 2013 after reading reviews on Tripadvisor. My wife was sold on the first bite! She ordered the Shrimp Taco and Chicken Taco. Unfortunately I had already ate :( It was no time before the food was brought to our table. The pictures below explain the food better than I can explain it. It was fresh and my wife loved it! The price was very reasonable and we enjoyed our food steps away from the water. The woman working inside was very friendly and patient while we made our decision off the menu. There are nice covered picnic tables out front that shade you while wait. This was our 4th trip to Kauai and we will certainly visit Tacos Al Pastor on our next trip.

The food truck is located next to Otsuka furniture in Kapaa. She doesn't appear to to open late so call ahead and double check the time unless you are already passing by. Recommended!

  • Visited September 2013
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Kauai, Hawaii
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“'Al Pastor Tacos' is absolutely delicioso!”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

Aloha,

Drive through Kapaa, you will find 'Al Pastor Tacos' at the end of town (makai side, ocean side). A great painting of a man harvesting agave for tequila can be seen on the north side of the truck.

'Al Pastor' is my go-to food truck several times a week. It is where the people of Kauai eat. Many restaurants depend on one-time tourist clientele. If they get you through the door, they've done their job. Not much else matters... including the quality of food. Al Pastor has repeat customers because the experience is worth repeating.

After a long day climbing coconut trees, We make our way to Al Pastor; sit under the big umbrella's and eat local fish tacos with maybe an ala carte al pastor taco. The sourcing of quality ingredients is what separates this food truck from the rest. To say that the fish is fresh is not enough. The fish used by Al Pastor was caught by local Kauai fisherman, often that very same day. Ahi, yellowfin tuna, is usually the preferred fish, and usually what you get, but the tacos can include ono, mahimahi, and uku (grey snapper). Each fish is delicious and adds it's own flare to the tacos. Along with fresh fish, the tacos are garnished with locally farmed Jicama and Beets, finely shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes served on a warm, soft, corn tortilla and flavored with a smokey cream sauce. A big spoonful of Guacamole, from Island avocado trees, is served on the side. A nice helping of flavorful mexican rice and slow-cooked beans comes with the meal. The garlic shrimp and al pastor pork tacos also come with rice, beans, guac, and garnish. The shrimp is sourced from the only shrimp farm on Kauai. When you support Al Pastor you are also supporting the local Kauai farming and fishing community.

The fish taco meal is $11, the pork tacos, I think, $10. A really great value for the quality and amount of ingredients. They're overhead is low working out of a food truck, so they can keep their prices down, but they work hard and deserve every dollar... so, throw them a tip if you're able. If styrofoam bothers you, ask for a paper plate and dine in. Lastly, the fish, depending on type, usually comes rare to medium rare satisfying local taste. If you want your fish cooked through and through, be sure to make it known.

  • Visited September 2013
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“Yummmm”
Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

We loved the pork and the fish tacos...the price wasn't bad either. You can grab your food and walk toward the ocean. There are a few picnic tables in a grassy area & watch the waves.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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“GREAT FOOD & SERVICE WITH A SMILE!”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

Went here on 9/22/13 and had the Ahi fish, shrimp, and steak tacos. All very fresh and delicious! Owner was very caring and respectful. Always had a smile on her face. This is the place to go if you want fresh and tasty food. Thanks for a great inexpensive meal on Kauai We will return!

  • Visited September 2013
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