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Authentic Mexican food near Waikiki
Posted by Ali'i Beach Rentals | Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Just outside Waikiki, on the way to the H-1 freeway, is a small shopping center called Market City.  It sits on 3.5 acres and was originally a vegetable patch with a beautiful Monkey Pod tree in the center.  Luckily, the tree is still there, providing a charming atmosphere and lots of shade to park under.   This center just celebrated it's 65th anniversary and is the oldest family-owned shopping center in Hawaii with the first Foodland grocery store to open in the islands.  The center also funds a Foundation which has provided over $100,000 in student scholarships so shopping here funds good causes!

In this center you will find Torito's Mexican Restaurant.  I definitely recommend it as a family friendly, affordable restaurant near Waikiki and our vacation rentals at the Royal Kuhio, the Cabana at Waikiki, the Waikiki Banyan, and many more of our properties.  It's just a few minutes drive by car or taxi.
The salsa tasted freshly made and authentic and the chips were fresh and warm.  They have a full bar and the night I went there was a $3 beer special from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The menu had all the favorite dishes I expected to see and my friend and I settled on sharing one order of Fajitas.  It was plenty of food for 2 people to share and very affordable at just $17.00 including a large side of re-fried beans and Spanish rice.  Both the beans and the rice tasted freshly made and were very tasty. 

 

There was quite a line of people waiting when we left around 7:30 p.m. so I recommend getting there early as it is quite popular with local residents.  It's also open for lunch with a $7.75 special including rice, beans, and salad with your choice of taco, burrito, enchilada, quesadilla, chimichanga, or flauta .  If you are coming in to Waikiki after a long flight, it would be a great stop for a bite and then load up the car with groceries from Foodland before heading to your vacation rental in Waikiki!  You'll be glad you stopped by, even if just for take out to bring to your unit.   Aloha!

 

 

 


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