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Los Chaparros Mexican Restaurant

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!…

Chimichango Combo Plate (single choice, with chicken filling), $8.50

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.

Enchilada Combo Plate (1 choice, with Chicken), $8.50

The Quesadilla was birthday girl’s dish, which she devoured every single bite, so it must have been good. You go girl!

Carnitas – Tender, bite-size pieces of slow roasted pork, seasoned to perfection, $13.00

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”.

Papas Con Chorizo (my order) – a traditional plate of crispy fried potatoes sauteed with Chorizo sausage, incuding 3 tortillas, sour cream and jalapenos, $11.00

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…

Jalapeno Wontons (7 pieces) – Deep-fried wonton wrappers filled with Jalapenos and Monterey Jack Cheese, $6.00

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.

Restaurant main dining area (notice the large waterfountain to the left)

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
(808) 951+6399

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13 thoughts on “Los Chaparros Mexican Restaurant

  • February 25, 2007 at 3:10 am

    I’ve heard horror stories about trying to find good Mexican food in paradise, but those plates look mighty ono.

  • March 1, 2007 at 8:06 am

    I always pass by that restaurant and have never been in before. Now my husband and I are thinking about going there this weekend! I’ll let you know how many spam musubis we give it. :o)

  • March 1, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    Yay! You updated! Mmmm…looks Delish! Haven’t had Mexican in a long time. Been super curious to try fish tacos. Do you know of a place that has good ones? I don’t want to go to Wahoo’s because I’ve heard more bad reviews than good ones. I just got a new blogsite up myself, please go take a look!

  • March 2, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    Hi Anuhea,

    In regard to FISH tacos, while we’re here on the subject of Los Chaparros, a further look at their menu indicates that you can select either Chicken, Steak, Shredded Beef, Carnitas or FISH for their soft taco combo plate ($8.50 for 1 item). I’d say give them a try!

    As for what kind of fish they offer, you’d probably have to call and ask, as seafood can be a market-sensitive item.

    Hope this helps,

  • March 3, 2007 at 7:44 am

    Hey Pomai,

    My husband and I went to eat at Los Chaparros tonight for the first time. It was yummy! We’ll definitely go back again in the future. I had a quesadilla and my husband had the carnitas. We both had happy tummies!

  • March 7, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    Mexican style chorizo is much different than Portuguese or Spanish style. It’s not solid like regular susage and you never eat it in a casing. It is typically fried up with eggs and eaten in a burrito. The chorizo and taters look mighty good though.

  • April 17, 2008 at 4:57 am

    Aloha! The food looks really good…moved here from San Diego and missing authentic Mexican food! My husband and I will definitely check this place out! Thank you for your “Good Eats” reviews! :-)

  • July 15, 2008 at 2:12 am

    Dear Mr. Chaparros,

    On Sunday July 6,2008 at 8:15pm my family and I came to your restaurant for the very first time to have dinner and it was so warm and cozy inside. We were greeted with a friendly smile and your waitress was so very polite, pleasant and full of sunshine. Did not get her name but she was a local girl. Such a superior asset to your business. We are very thankful for the excellent service that was provided. Also we all enjoyed your delicious dishes. We will definetely be back again and will tell friends and other family members to dine in at your wonderful restaurant. We appreciate the excellent experience.

    Thank you,


  • July 15, 2008 at 4:06 am

    Aloha Janelle,

    I forwarded your nice comment to Mario and Lisa at their restaurant contact email address. It’s great to hear Los Chaparros is still going strong! I need to return there soon. Those Stuffed Jalapeno Wontons are awesome!

  • August 15, 2008 at 9:47 am

    it may or may not be in the menu but next time you are at this restaurant and find yourself ordering a papas con chorizo, ask them to add eggs in and scramble it together. omg so awsome.


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