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Luibueno lunch

I had a wonderful lunch at Luibueno this week. We started with their chips and salsa, a huge basket of really great crispy warm slightly salty chips. We decided to order the side of guacamole which was a very large bowl of chunky beautiful guac for just $6.00. For drinks our table had the Cadillac Margarita, and two Sangrias (I had the embellished version with a float of tequila.) We moved on to entrees of carnitas ( a very generous portion, crisp, juicy packed with flavor) which included a choice of corn or flour tortillas, refried beans and rice I think it was $17.00 definitely a great value. I had the ala carte fresh grilled ahi burrito with lots of yummy black beans and 2 sauces, 2 nice long pieces of fish. Our other diner had the taco entree (2) which I think was $11.00, she had the fish of the day which was maui, grilled instead of the blackened. They're nice sized tacos with rice and beans. Our server was really really good, she followed our lead and offered great advice on the menu when asked. She was great to have as a representative of the restaurant. Everything was clean including the bathroom. It was a later lunch, we got there about 1:30 and there was still a good crowd. I would definitely go back and recommend it highly.

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  1. We really like Luibueno's also. Favorite is the Seared Scallops , pricey but worth it..

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    1. re: russkar

      Did not try those. Wife cannot do bi-valves, but when we are not sharing, I love them. Gotta' give them a try.

      Mahalo,

      Hunt

      PS - how's the move going?

      1. re: Bill Hunt

        All went well Bill thanks for asking. R

    2. We too like the fish taco... The server was very friendly and prompt ... a bit noisy, but that is to be expected a tourist area. Worth driving to the North Shore.

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      1. re: roro808

        We were last there, fairly long after the "lunch rush," and it was not too noisy for us - we are really keen on "quiet dining." I would anticipate, however, that depending on the time-o-day, it could be over-the-top for us. What time did you dine there?

        Hunt

        1. re: Bill Hunt

          It was late in the afternoon near Happy Hour on a Sunday; so there were lots of young ones. Other than that, BFF and I enjoyed the place very much. Should have stopped for dessert at Matsumoto shave ice, but already had too much to eat between the fish tacos and the chips/ salsa.

      2. The only thing i've had there that i really wasn't fond of was the Caldo de Siete Mares (soup of the seven seas/fisherman's stew.) A friend ordered it, didn't really like it. Persuaded me to try it and I agreed.

        I also agree with the other reviewers about the Tacos and Margaritas. Also had some great cevice there (which auto correct wants to turn into device - just caught it) Since I'm not a fan of clams, mussels, oysters, etc. I can't comment on those.

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        1. re: KaimukiMan

          I have yet to find a Mexican restaurant that serves chilaquelas (sp?), I had a very good one when visiting Hermosilo some years ago. Anybody knows?

          1. re: roro808

            Most of the Mexican restaurants in Hawaii serve food that was traditional among people of Mexican descent in California, which is somewhat different than you find in other areas of the country. I don't know of any place here that serve chilaquiles.

            1. re: KaimukiMan

              Seems like Serg's, Mexico, and El Palenque all serve chilaquiles if the reviews on yelp are to be believed. Also, I know that Soul serves it at the KCC farmer's market on saturdays even though that isn't a mexican restaurant.

        2. Makes me want to get back.

          All that we have ever had has been some really mixed-up fish tacos - everything available. Each was very good to great.

          Their wine list was eclectic and well-suited for the fare, after we discussed NOT using frosted glasses for the white wines. She was cool with that, and picked up on our tastes with a big smile.

          Besides good food (did not really shop around the menu all THAT much), the warm service, and a funky location, they were FUN!

          The only possible complaint that I could lodge was having to drive back to Turtle Bay, after a few glasses of wine.

          Mahalo,

          Hunt