Authentic Mexican cuisine in Kapaa

With a variety of dishes originating from the Mexican states of Guerrero and Jalisco, Mariachi’s Authentic Mexican Cuisine in Kapaa serves some of the island’s best south-of-the-border food and drinks in a friendly atmosphere.

Rosy Aguirre, Mariachi’s manager, has worked at the Kauai eatery for two years and spent 15 years at Mariachi’s California location.

“First here is the food. The environment here, we are all like family,” she said. “We always want the customers, while they’re here, to be happy and enjoy everything.”

That family-like atmosphere rubbed off on summer employee Gerardo Ramirez, who is spending his second straight summer working at Mariachi’s. The San Diego State incoming junior is working as a waiter.

“Firstly, the vibe is all positive. Everyone here is always positive,” he said. “You work here everyday, but you still keep a smile on your face and make the best of it. That’s what it’s about.”

Open daily, Mariachi’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Customers can order breakfast all day or lunch items during breakfast.

Breakfast includes a basket of chips and salsa. Entrees also include refried beans and home-cooked potatoes.

Breakfast items run from $8.50 to $12.95.

Mariachi’s cooked up its Machaca De Res Con Huevo, a generous helping of shredded beef with scrambled eggs, bell peppers and vegetables.

If you happen to have a large appetite, try the Super Grand Slam Mariachis. It comes with two eggs, two strips of bacon and two mini hotcakes.

Another hot breakfast item is the Huevos Rancheros, two eggs cooked over easy on a crispy corn tortilla and topped with Mariachi’s special ranchero sauce.

The lunch and dinner menu is loaded with options – ranging from sandwiches, salads, quesadillas, chimichangas, burritos and vegetarian dishes.

One dish originating from Oaxaca is the Mole de Oaxaca, $18.95, a chicken breast topped with mole from Oaxaco, Mexico. The pre-Hispanic dish is made with a variety of chili spices, Mexican chocolate and is served with rice, beans and tortillas.

Like sports? Mariachi’s has sporting events on seven big-screen TVs all day long, including Ultimate Fighting Championship pay-per-view events.

Happy hour is 2 to 5 p.m. daily. Draft beer runs for $5, house margarita is priced at $5 and pupus range from $1.75 to $7. In addition, Corona Extra is $4.50, $2.75 for Coronita and $5 for Vallarta Tequila.

Mariachi’s Authentic Mexican Cuisine in Kapaa is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on weekends from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Info: (808) 822-1612 or visit mariachis-hawaii.com.

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