Words and Photos by: Vina Cristobal
After the closing of my favorite to-go Taco Tuesday spot, Fresh Cafe Downtown (which is not a Mexican restaurant, but it served purple tacos and had an amazing taste), it was hard to find a Taco Tuesday place without the busy crowds and a guaranteed parking space. But finally, we stumbled onto Oahu Mexican Grill. Those who crave for an authentic Mexican food experience will appreciate this little Tex-Mex hole-in-the-wall.
The South King Street restaurant opened last year on Varsity Square, next to Professional Image. Although the space looks large in photos, the small area maintains a home-sweet-home ambience, as if stepping into abuela (grandma)’s kitchen. Small tabletops line up against the glass mirror wall, while a diner booth with leather chairs are placed at the back of the restaurant.
Oahu Mexican Grill’s ordering system is similar to Subway, Chipotle or any other restaurant that serves meals based on the customer’s choices. Visitors will first select from a variety of dishes: tacos, salads, burritos and bowls. From there, they are able to decide on the cheese, meat, vegetables and sauces they’d like on their dish. For beverages, OMG serves bottled water; sodas; and the popular Mexican soft drink, Jarritos, which is dubbed the Mexican Coca-Cola. Servers will make the order as you go, similar to Subway sandwich artists. Within a matter of minutes, they bring the dish to life.
The burrito, firmly packed on a large, round flour tortilla, will make you say or think, “OMG” (the abbreviation used for the restaurant’s signage). With the tortilla’s massive size, one can probably fit all, if not most, of the ingredients into one packaged item. As for the tacos, the order comes in a pair, but is still as filling as the burrito. Both dishes were rich in flavor and spice, based on the ingredients chosen for each.
For a Taco Tuesday, Happy Hour, or a general gathering with friends, you can find Oahu Mexican Grill at 2633 South King Street, open Mondays – Thursdays 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.