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Step Up to the Plate

September 22, 2019

Story By: Elima Pangorang |


Looking for a way to get a fulfilling meal in while remaining health-conscious?

Paniolos has just the goods for you. The build-your-own tacos and burritos joint is committed to helping Hawaii eaters to maintain a healthy lifestyle “one burrito at a time.” This comes as no surprise, as owners Chris and Sara Lufrano are also the owners of Aloha Salads.

Bringing fresh ingredients to Hawaii’s plates, Paniolos sources its produce locally and also gets its grass-fed beef from Kualoa Ranch.

After deciding on a burrito, bowl or tacos, the following four-step process to a loaded plate is as simple as the point of a finger. First up, pick a base: Cilantro Lime White or Brown Rice, or Chopped Romaine.

Step two brings you to fresh-made (not out of a can) beans, with options of Black, Pinto or Refried. And right after that it’s time to pick a protein. These include Grilled Organic Chicken, Grilled Steak, Paniolo Steak or Kalua Pig. Vegetarian pickings are also available such as Grilled Veggies and Organic Tofu.

Finally, color your dish up with toppings: cheese, sour cream, lime, cilantro red onions, jalapenos and choice of salsa. (Extra salsa and/or guacamole may also be added for a small fee.)

With two successful Oahu locations, Paniolos is opening another location on Oct. 1 at Kahala Mall. There’s now even more ways to get your hands on the restaurant’s fresh and onolicious Mexican cuisine with a local twist.

First up
When diners opt for the taco option, they get three corn tortillas to fill up and enjoy!

Take your base
Pick your bottom layers, such as the Pinto Beans and Cilantro Lime Brown Rice, which provides a hint of zest to the meal.

Proper protein
Many options await, but Grilled Organic Chicken, Organic Tofu sauteed with chipotle peppers and adobo sauce, and Grilled Steak in Paniolos’ signature lime marinade are a few customer favorites.

Top that!
Choice of toppings include pickings like cilantro, red onion, jalapenos and peppers, just to name a few.

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