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Rated #1 Mexican in West Maui
In a nutshell: Casual award-winning Mexican with a Hawaiian accent.
Minuses: You have to pay for chips.
Sound-bite: “Mother Clucker!”
It is easy to categorize Cilantro as "Mexican fast food" because it is a quick, inexpensive and in an informal setting (plastic utensils and all.) But the food quality itself is miles ahead of fast-food expectations. Quality ingredients, fresh-made chips and tortillas, and a wide range of unique menu items is what sets Cilantro above the fast-food label.
The menu is based on authentic "Old Mexico" recipes, with a decidedly Hawaiian accent. Hand-made tortillas, authentic flavors, substantial portions, and local ingredients. You'll also get plenty of Aloha from the staff. Cilantro is a quick and fun place to grab a bite to eat.
Cilantro has many well-deserved awards and accolades hanging all along one of their walls. Among them are four Taste of Lahaina Award winning dishes.
Award winners include mariposa salad (romaine, jicama slaw, tomatoes, avocado, black beans, Cotija cheese, tortilla strips & tequila-lime vinaigrette), pom pecan salad (romaine, jicama slaw, roasted corn, caramelized pecans, Cotija cheese & honey-pomegranate vinaigrette), chipotle citrus rotisserie chicken (mole sauce,rice, frijoles, jicama slaw, tortillas), and the tongue-in-cheek named mother clucker flautas (fried flour tortillas, chicken, crema fresca & roasted jalapeno sauce).
Authentic tacos al pastor (topped with grilled pineapple salsa), shrimp burritos, steak tacos, rotisserie chicken and, ever-so-popular on Maui: fish tacos are among may other dishes that are equally delicious. (Click the link above for the full menu.)
They also have a well stocked fresh salsa bar, and about the only negative thing I can say is that if you want chips on the side, you have to pay extra. That said, at these prices (and also considering the chips are fresh-made, and the salsa bar is help-yourself) they're well worth throwing down a few more bucks.
Cilantro does not serve alcohol, but, even better for those on a budget, they allow BYOB and the Foodland right across the street has plenty of selection.
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