[TSK Eats at Maui] Taqueria Cruz, reportedly best Mexican in Kihei, Maui?

20th February 2016 / Maui

The reportedly best Meixcan on the south side is at Taqueria Cruz, a small takeout-like shop with a couple of tables outside, shared with the other eateries. My experience was that the tacos were decent, but very lean on the fillings for their price.

Tacqueria Cruz Shop Front

Garlic Shrimp Tacos. I enjoyed these the most.
Garlic Shrimp Tacos. I enjoyed these the most.
Need Mo Fish Tacos!
Need Mo Fish Tacos!

I had the garlic shrimp and ono-fish taco combo  it came with rice and refried beans.

The shrimp were succulent and tasty, The fish, unfortunately was quite forgettable. It didn’t taste bad, but it certainly wasn’t memorable.

Lovely guacamole
Lovely guacamole

The chips and guacamole was incredible though and were gobbled up quickly whilst waiting for our tacos.

My brother had a Ono fish burrito and devoured that quickly, so it must’ve been good.

The beef in the carne asada tacos were quite dry and came in small diced cubes. Tender slices would’ve been much better.

Just beside Taqueria Cruz is a shop specialising in fish and chips. I see alot of people ordering that here, which hints it might be quite good, so it is worth trying. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to fit that into my itinerary.

All in all, it’s not bad, especially the chips and guac and garlic shrimp. I think for the fish, there needed to be a bit more fish for the meat to stand out more.

Taqueria Cruz is worth trying, but not raving for.


My combo plate
My combo plate

Sign board Taqueria Cruz

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Author: Fred Lin

Fred "The Shanghai Kid" Lin was born in Singapore, and grew up in a family of foodies and home-cooks. He moved to Shanghai in 2007 and fell in love with the city, eventually carving a self-made career out of digital media design and development. He founded The Shanghai Kid food blog in 2013, and opened an award-winning Singaporean restaurant in 2014, which won CityWeekend's Outstanding Southeast Asian restaurant of the year in 2016. In 2017, he decided to reboot, and shut down all his businesses in Shanghai before moving back to Singapore with his wife. Fred plans to immigrate to Melbourne in the near future.

Taqueria Cruz

2395 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753



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