Island Taco is one of my all-time favorite places to eat on Kaua’i. The above is the incredibly delicious Island Taco grilled wasabi ahi taco that I had last Saturday: a big, fresh homemade flour tortilla loaded with rice, shredded cabbage, big pieces of seared, locally-caught ahi tuna, and wasabi sauce . . . all for just $9. Look at the size of that thing – it takes up half of a full-size plate! The fresh tortilla chips and salsa were pretty darn good too.
The tacos and burritos at Island Taco are definitely “Hawaiian style” and include rice and flavors that reflect island versus mainland tastes. Come expecting a Mexican or Southwest-style taco and you might be disappointed, but if you’re open to trying something a little bit different these will knock your socks off! My only complaint would be that the wasabi sauce could do with a little more kick to it.
Besides several different taco variations (Cajun-style ahi, mahi mahi, kalua pork, shrimp, teriyaki chicken and more), Island Taco also offers huge burritos (our girls’ favorites) as well as enchiladas, quesadillas, taco salad and other specials. Tacos range in price from $8.25 to $9.00, and a double plate, with two tacos, from $14.50 to $15.50. I can’t imagine eating two of these big things, but if you and someone else want the same flavor tacos, this is a good way to save a little. Burritos are $11 to $11.50, and come with refried beans and dirty rice on the side.
If you’re visiting Kaua’i, and heading to the west side to visit Waimea Canyon (which is a must-see), give yourself time for a stop at Island Taco!
Island Taco is located at 9643 Kaumualii Highway in Waimea, and is open daily from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.