Maui Mall, 70 E. Kaahumanu Ave., Ste. C-2, Kahului, 877-2009
It took us a while to get over to Taco Del Mar to try their taqueria-style burrito line. I had to get over the psuedo washed-up surfer dude commercial. The last thing I need is a washed-up dude telling me where to eat. But here’s the thing: we don’t have any true taqueria-style burrito joints, where you choose your tortilla, protein, beans, vegetables and so on down the line, ’til its wrapped up tight in foil and handed over. Taco Del Mar is it.
Located on the Longs and Whole Foods side of the Maui Mall on Kaahumanu Avenue—meaning there’s always plenty of parking—the restaurant is simple, colorful and clean, with a beachy, Baja, California theme and two large flat screen TVs on either wall. Here’s how it works: you stand in line, get to the front, and then your burrito, taco, salad or quesadilla is made to order.
I was impressed that I had three different choices of beef alone: ground, carne asada steak or shredded, not to mention pork, chicken and fish entrees. All the fillings are laid out in front of you like a salad bar; you can point and choose. They have rice, black pinto or refried beans, and other extras including shredded iceberg lettuce, tomato, finely shredded cheese, guacamole, sour cream and enchilada sauce.
Another nice touch: you can order beer by the bottle, plus of course fountain soft drinks, bottled water and the like. Their special two mondo burritos for $10 is a good value for a lot of food (catch it if you come in after 3pm Monday-Thursday).