Hawaii Mom Blog: Visit Island of Hawai`i: Luquin's Cantina - Pahoa




March 29, 2023

Visit Island of Hawai`i: Luquin's Cantina - Pahoa

Someone told me Luquin's Cantina in Pahoa is one of her favorite restaurants, so despite Luquin's 454 opening up in Hilo, I just had to check out the Pahoa location, where Luquin's originated (the original Pahoa restaurant was burned down in a fire, and they relocated into an old fast food spot in Pahoa). 

Complimentary Chips & Salsa

Your first basket of chips and salsa is free.  The chips were crispy with just enough salt, and the salsa had some nice heat to it!
Steak Flauta

I usually eat Chimichangas when at Mexican restaurants (I know, it's not authentically Mexican), so I got the next closest thing - a Flauta!  In an effort to try and eat more protein, I decided to get it stuffed with steak.  I wish I stuck with my usual chicken, because a lot of the pieces of beef were chewy throughout - too chewy for my preference, but overall the flavor was delicious, and I just loved how golden and crispy the flauta was.  The accompanying refried beans, Mexican rice, salsa, and guacamole made for a very filling meal.

Carnitas Enchiladas

My friend ordered the Carnitas Enchiladas, which he felt were lacking spices.  He ended up requesting more salsa to pour onto the enchiladas, and that made a lot of difference.

Service was excellent and prices were reasonable.

Despite a few misses, we were overall satisfied with our meals, and I'm eager to check out the new Luquin's in Hilo, and will be sure to order chicken next time in my Flauta!

Luquin's Cantina
151448 Kahakai Blvd
Pāhoa, HI 96778

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