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Taqueria Cruz Review

Taqueria Cruz Review
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Please consider donating to Taqueria Cruz’s owner Jorge Velez GoFundMe campaign to raise money for his memorial and children’s education.  His loss was sudden and tragic.  His family could use a hand through this hard time.

Spending your days at the beach, soaking up the paradise and filling your pores with salt water can leave you with a hankering.  Fresh guacamole, authentic street tacos and friendly service seems to be up most people’s alley after a day in the sun.

Thankfully, you’re in luck!  There aren’t too many places on the island for really good Mexican food, but we’ve found a hidden gem that won’t stay a secret for long.


Long History of Family Mexican Restaurants

Taqueria Cruz isn’t new to the food scene.  In fact, these family recipes has been passed down from three generations.  Jorge and Jenna are the latest in the family to take on this delicious endeavor and are making their ancestors very proud.  And they have some pretty big shoes to fill!  In the mid-1900’s, Jorge’s great grandparents found the gift of great food.  His great grandfather would end up selling his lunch every day to his co-workers who were tired of tuna and bologna sandwiches.  His wife started making 10 lunches each day, and he’d end up making more money from selling those meals than from his actual job at the naval shipyard at Mare Island.  So, they decided to dream bigger.  In 1951, they opened their own restaurant in Napa called Maldos.  It was the first Mexican restaurant to open north of San Francisco.  They even had bragging rights to serving Elvis and the guys from ‘Bonanza’.

Timeless Recipes, New Name

The only thing that has changed over the years is the name, but for good reason.  Jorge chose the name as a simple reminder of why he and his wife go to work every day.  Cruz is the owner’s 8-year-old son and family means everything to Jorge and Jenna.  Taqueria means “taco shop” and the simplicity of the name reminds them that excellent food doesn’t have to be complicated.  The customers that frequent this taqueria have found that this awesome family-run taco shop is the only place to eat tacos, created from recipes that has been handed down for generations!  That’s one legendary taco!

The menu is simple, the ingredients are fresh and the atmosphere is friendly.  This taco shop has all the makings for an incredible meal without all the fuss that usually add extra expenses to the customer.

Everything is made from scratch!  Salsa, pinto beans are made fresh daily and even the tortillas are made fresh right around the corner.  If you’ve never had a salty carnitas taco on a fresh tortilla with just-made salsa, then you haven’t lived yet!

Is it Tuesday Yet??

If you happen to be out on a Tuesday, make sure to stop in for their Taco Tuesday deal!  Buy one entree, get the second half off!  This deal goes until June 30th, 2015.  And they have live music to make your meal all the more wonderful!

Supporting local businesses isn’t hard when they’re as tasty and friendly as this one!  Stop in today for authentic Mexican food that will make your heart do the macarena!

For more information, please visit Taqueria Cruz or visit them at 2395 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753. You’ll find their taco shop in Dolphin Plaza, conveniently located across the street from the beach!