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Pau Hana Patrol: Miguel’z delivers during happy hour
Giant margaritas and homemade chips and salsa make a trip to Miguel’z Mexican Grill & Cantina worthwhile. The laid-back atmosphere makes Miguel’z a great spot to relax and catch up with friends, too.
I’m not typically a tequila drinker, but the frozen strawberry margarita I sampled at Miguel’z may have swayed me. It was the best margarita that I’ve ever had!
The li hing margarita was a close second. The bartender serves the colorful concoctions with a moat of top-shelf tequila swirling around the frozen cone.
APPETIZERS are 10 percent off during afternoon happy hour, with the exception of the table-side guacamole and the shrimp fiesta.
MIGUEL’Z MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA
1029 Makolu St., Pearl City
Among the discounted pupu is a “papi” sampler platter, with a tasty selection of nachos, flautas, fried calamari, jumbo shrimp and cheese quesadilla ($17.10 at pau hana), and a bowl of bottomless chips and salsa for $3.59.
Nachos ($8.10) are loaded with nacho cheese, beans, guacamole and sour cream — tasty! We added barria, shredded beef made from brisket and angus beef, to the mix. Adding chicken or beef costs an additional $1.99. The refried beans, rice and salsa are made fresh daily.
Queso Flameados, a flaming cheese dish, was made with a creamy poblano (mild chili pepper) sauce, layered on top of a Monterey-Cancun queso and baked. It is browned table-side as the server sets it aflame. The dish is served with corn tortillas and a choice of chicken or sauteed vegetables and costs $8.10.
Although it’s not one of the happy hour appetizers, manager Sonja Monteiro says that the fish tacos are one of the “best items on the menu.”
“I’ve been eating them for about four years now and haven’t grown tired of them,” she said.
HAPPY HOUR drink specials include $5 Patron and Crown Royal shots. The restaurant offers $4 pint drafts; it’s just $5 for 23-ounce drafts including Dos Equis (amber and lager), Negra Modelo and Pacifico.
A major pau hana enticement: $2 off “Cadillac” margaritas, made with 5 1/2 shots of top-shelf tequila (regularly $15) and $5 off the 60-ounce regular margarita, which has 12 shots (regularly $29.50).
Find Miguel’z near Walmart and the Pearl Highlands Shopping Center. If you miss happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m., you can return and enjoy the same drink specials from 9 p.m. to closing. Food discounts are only available during the afternoon, but there’s karaoke at night, at $1 per song.
–Nancy Arcayna / firstname.lastname@example.org