The long line of cars parked along Papaloa Road indicates the popularity of Monico’s Mexican Restaurant among local people looking for good food, generouls portions, and reasonable prices. Seafood burrito is enormous, stuffed with scallops, shrimp, and fish, with a tasty sauce. Vegans have a choice between a vegan vegetarian burrito and a vegan bean burrito. All this for $9-$15. The only problem is the waiting time for a table inside, or for your take out order. Fortunately there is Goldsmith’s Gallery nearby for shopping, and Tincan Mailman for used books while you wait, even if you phone ahead (order may take 20-30 minutes lead time during lunch or dinner. Stop by in Wailua at Kinipopo Shopping Village (across from Brick Oven Pizza) on rt 56. Park in the small lot next to Kinipopo, if you can find a spot!
Brick Over Pizza is another great choice in Wailua. A new branch of the original Brick Over in Kalaheo, this newly opened eatery takes over the location of the former Wailua Family Restaurant which never had much success. Park in the lot, and eat there, or walk across the street to Monico’s.
in Kalapaki, we tried Kalapaki Joe’s, a new burger-cum-sushi spot in the Harbor Village Center across the street from the Marriott. Joe tries to give diners first rate sushi, and 9 different kinds of burgers, but performace is not as attractive as the prices. Sushi needs a better balance between the rice and the center (we tried the Hawaii Crisp with avocado and crab (mix) and shrimp tempura) and a less elastic grade of nori. Frest fish sandwice (same size portion of fish as the fresh fish dinner, plus a roll) was small and over-seasoned. Best deal, the 4.99 fresh salad which filled the plate.
Also is Harbor Village is Mariachi Mexican Restaurant.