Pau Hana Patrol: Mexico Lindo
BY NANCY ARCAYNA / email@example.com
There aren’t that many places to find good Mexican food in Hawaii. So when I got the opportunity to try Mexico Lindo, a watering hole in the Kailua Shopping Center, with my friend, a woman of Mexican heritage who usually cooks her own fare, I jumped at the chance to see what she thought.
Turns out that my friend, an excellent cook, has nothing but good things to say about the offerings at this casual spot. She’s typically picky about the Mexican restaurants that she frequents, and during our visit, she was satisfied with both the food and drinks.
Kailua Shopping Center, 600 Kailua Road
The place was hopping from the time we arrived until we left on a Sunday afternoon.
Margaritas in a rainbow of colors lined the bar. The atmosphere is laid-back, which makes it a nice spot to catch up with friends.
Our server, Lauren, had water and chips and salsa for us as soon as we sat down and provided exceptional service during our visit.
Both tourists and locals filled the establishment.
The bar area is small, but there are also tables outside.
The margaritas are fabulous at Mexico Lindo and come in an array of flavors. They pack a punch and one was enough. We tried the pomegranate and the li hing mui margaritas ($8 during happy hour). Both were tasty blends.
Other options at happy hour included traditional lime for $7, or mango, strawberry, lychee or lychee-strawberry for $8.
Margaritas may also be ordered by the pitcher in traditional lime flavor for $28, or other flavors for $32.
Tequila lovers will find a good selection. Patron shots are $5 during happy hour — that’s a good deal!
Outside of happy hour, shots range in price from $7 for Pepe Lopez to $35 for a Gran Patron Platinum or Los Azulejos.
Although the food isn’t discounted for happy hour, the portions are generous and can be shared. Typical Mexican dishes are offered, including fajitas, burritos, chimichangas, enchiladas, tamales and nachos.
We enjoyed the fried flautas filled with beef ($8.25), a shredded chicken burrito covered in a green chile sauce and served with beans and rice ($10.50) and a tostada ranchera salad served in a fried tortilla shell and filled with chicken, cheese, lettuce, olives, onions, guacamole and sour cream ($11.95).
Homemade chips and salsa are complimentary, so it’s worth it to splurge and order a side of guacamole for $3.50.
The place offers a quaint setting to grab some drinks and snacks with friends. And all in all, the tasty, colorful libations make the trip worthwhile.