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Apr 30, 2013 08:17 PM

Coquito's Latin Cuisine in Waianae - good stuff!

just a quick shout-out and recommendation to check out Coquito's should you find yourself out on the west side....Puerto Rican chef, though they grab some influence form the carribean and latin america. They were super nice and the place is an inviting little spot. Me and the lady shared their jerk chicken wings which we loved --- thankfully not breaded and seasoned with a nice jerk dry rub, fried like a buffalo wing would be, then tossed in a sweet sour sauce and served with a little salad. The chicken was slightly overcooked, but the flavors were fantastic. She had the chicken mofongo....the chicken was again slightly overcooked but had wonderful flavor...if you dont know what mofongo is, its essentially a twice cooked garlicky plantain concoction that serves a vessel for toppings (chicken, in this case, could also select pork, beef, shrimp)....REALLY tasty. comes with 2 sides and we got the gandules rice (NICE) and the kidney beans which were an extremely pleasant surprise....served in a steel vessel, this was more of a soupish stew with some other aromatics along with the beans. SO. GOOD. we ended up saucing everything with the beans. I order the pernil (puerto rican roast pork shoulder) sandwich....was delicious. The pernil was lucious and flavorful and complimented by a vibrant sauce and veggies on pressed bread with plaintain chips on the side (to dip into your partner's beans, of course). GOOD STUFF. Its a haul out west for most of us townies, but when I head to the beautiful west side beaches for the day, i'm 100% checking out Coquitos again >>> you should too - keep the good stuff coming! btw, their tres leches and other dessert looked amaze, but we were too stuffed.

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  1. Thank you for the detailed heads up. If you could provide more details such as address, telephone, opening hours, etc., I would be sincerely appreciate it.

    3 Replies
    1. re: Joebob

      no prob

      85-773 Farrington Hwy
      Waianae, HI 96792
      (808) 888-4082

      Tue-Sat 11 am - 9 pm

      Sun 11 am - 4 pm

      1. re: fatstern

        THANKS. Will def. check it out. Good food on the dry side is hard to find.

      2. re: Joebob

        Looks like Shore Bird again tonight as this place is far-dang oh well next time-good recommendation

      3. two places i have to try in waianae now, this and luibuenos.

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        1. re: indelibledotink

          I thought Luibueno's was on the N. shore.

          1. re: Joebob

            you're right. now two destinations for latin food, although different varieties.

          2. re: indelibledotink

            Liubueno is a nice, fun atmosphere, but Coquitos is tastier... Just my opinion. Luibueno is Mexican American food(not the authentic stuff, I did enjoy my fish tacos) & Luibueno is south American Caribbean food that is family owned/operated and they are from that part of the world. Luibuenos is very popular because of their margaritas on that side of the island.

            1. re: indelibledotink

              husband & I ate at Bobs Pizza in Hale'ewa last night-right next door to Luibuenos

              1. re: iL Divo

                Was that a report or more of a tweet.

                1. re: iL Divo

                  Pizza Bob's has been around forever, since I was in college at least. Not inexpensive, but usually very tasty. Haven't been in years. Hope you are having a great time here Il Divo

              2. I know the family and they are from Columbia/Puerto Rico so the food is authentic!