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This is your best bet for authentic Mexican food on Kauai. Owner-chef Monico crafted a menu that reflects ethnic foods from his native town of Oaxaca, Mexico. The food is excellent and cheap; the service is quick, efficient, and friendly; and most entrées cost less than $14. A small bar and a few outside tables take some of the overflow from this ever-busy restaurant. Go straight for the fish tacos or the seafood burrito. Monico's uses only fresh ingredients, no canned stuff, although their tortillas are flown in from Oahu every other day. Beans have no lard, and there are many vegan and vegetarian options on the menu. www.monicostaqueria.com. Closed Mon.