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Celebrate pre-Cinco de Mayo

A La Carte

May 1, 2022

Story By: Jocelyn Lansangan | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO

Taco Combo Plate, shown with one of each Beef, Carne Asada and Carnitas ($14.50)

Alejandro’s Mexican Food Restaurant’s humble beginnings can be traced back to 2011, when founder Alejandro Alvarado started the business as a taco stand at Mad Dogs Saloon in the old International Market Place in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Over a decade later, the establishment now has two locations on the island and still uses the stand to do private catering.

Alvarado describes the Kalihi location as having a “smaller, more intimate vibe … the original ‘hole in the wall’ that has been beautified.” Whereas, the Kapahulu site is where the real party is to be found.

Carnitas Wet Burrito Combo Plate ($13.50)

“It’s bright and bigger and we feature live music four nights out of the week,” he adds.

Both restaurants have Taco Tuesday specials and boast a full bar that showcase a variety of Mexican beers and spirits that can be enjoyed during happy hour.

Chicken Quesadilla ($9.50)

While it would be nice to give the eatery a visit to celebrate the day that started it all, Alvarado advises that Cinco de Mayo is its busiest day of the year and features only a limited menu, and encourages diners to visit either locale any other day it is open for the full menu.

Taco lovers won’t be disappointed with the Taco Combo Plates, which include three tacos served with rice and beans. As always, the Wet Burrito Combo Plates are a fan favorite, consisting of a 10-inch burrito topped with the Alejandro’s homemade enchilada sauce. Meanwhile, the 12-inch Macho Burrito is perfect for those with even heftier appetites. Prices vary depending on choice of meat.

Nacho Fries ($7)

“Our food is made to be flavorful and to be made quickly,” says Alvarado. “We prepare all our dishes with love and that is why our customers love what we do.”

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