Several weeks ago we celebrated a birthday lunch, where the birthday girl suggested Mexican, so we decided to try Los Chaparros Mexican Restaurant for the first time.
Well, without further ado, let’s get to the main course!…
The combo plates include beans and spanish rice, along with a dollop of salsa over shredded lettuce. The gal who ordered this loved it, but it was just too much for her to finish, so she gave me almost half of it to take home. Muchos gracious! As you can see, the whole thing is deep fried. Yum.
The Quesadilla was birthday girl’s dish, which she devoured every single bite, so it must have been good. You go girl!
My friend let me sample some of his Carnitas. It had a slightly spicy flavor and was tender, but I would ask to pour some Mole, red or green sauce over it on the next visit. He ate them wrapped up in the tortillas like burrito. Thumbs up from him.
The Carnitas dish above includes a side plate of (3) corn tortillas, Pico Di Gallo, sour cream and Guacamole
You can eat the Carnitas right off the plate, or wrapped up in this tortilla “kit”.
My dish was the Papas Con Chorizo. Interestingly, the Chorizo Sausage looks like they take it apart and fry it with the potatoes, sort of like a “hash”. The potatoes certainly took on that distinct Chorizo flavor. This dish also included the tortilla “kit”, but I preferred eating it on the plate, as wrapped up, the chorizo got lost in the mix. As you notice, the Spanish Rice and Beans were the same ones used on every dish. The beans were standard fare, while the rice had a slightly spiced hint to them, with a medium moist, medium dry texture. They both complimented the main item nicely. Overall, thumbs up!
Super Chaparros Burrito – Flour tortilla filled with rice, beans, shredded beef (this choice), lettuce, guacamole, pico de gallo (on top), sour cream and salsa, $10.00
The Super Chaparros Burrito is basically everything shown on the plate, all wrapped up in one HUGE burrito.. I mean, that thing is as big as your forearm. My other buddy who ordered it could only finish half. He really enjoyed it though.
Those were the entrees our party of five ordered.
Here’s the appetizers we actually started with…
Oh my, these were AWESOME! The combination of the crispy wonton with the “gooey” jack cheese and the bite from the Jalapeno was magical. It came with Ranch dipping sauce. I’m ordering a PLATEFUL of these things to take home next time! I’m definately making these for pupus at the next potluck.
Complimentary (bottomless!) Tortilla Chips and Salsa
The salsa was the finely chopped variety, slightly “loose” (watery) with a medium heat to it. Enough where I needed a glass of water nearby, though. lol It had a good balance of onions, cilantro and tomato. The salsa chips were light and crispy, with just a hint of salt. Perfect. You can actually stuff yourself on these things, so take it easy if you want to save room for the main course.
This is the main dining area, plus there are more private booths in the front area (not shown). The decor has a rather simple and spartan Spanish theme. You also feel a sense of cleanliness here. Tropical and mexican-themed spanish background music puts on the finish touch.
Main dining area, pan right (notice the wall-mounted spanish waterfountain)
Restaurant “front end” kitchen service area
Mario, Los Chaparros owner and really great guy!
Mario, the owner, really made our visit special. He explained the whole “traditional mexican cuisine” thing, even explaing that he “loosened” his menu just a little to cater to the local crowd, yet adhering to his roots in Mexico City. He assisted our also-very-friendly waitress, making the service factor top-notch. We arrived about 11:30am, just before the lunch rush, where the restaurant was about at 30% throughout our stay. That helped to set an easier, less hurried pace for everyone.
There’s about 8 stalls (max, I’m guessing) fronting Los Chaparros Mexican Restaurant, who is the sole occupant of the building located on S. Beretania street.
We were all very satisfied with our dining experience at Los Chaparros Mexican Restaurant. The food flavors, quality, value and service all exceeded our expectations. Now to ponder whether this is “true, authentic Mexican cuisine”? Just go for yourself and have a chat with Mario. He will enlighten and entertain you. Truly an officer and a gentleman.
Los Chaparros Mexican Restaurant
2140 S. Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
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