Kauai, Hawaii: 19 cheap eats for under $20
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Monico's Taqueria on Kauai, Hawaii( Mark Boster, Los Angeles Times )
Price: $10.95 to $16.95
Scoping it out: This cheerful, indoor-outdoor Mexican restaurant provides the real deal: Owner Monico Hernandez grew up in East L.A. He serves the food Southern Californians love -- home-style tacos, enchiladas and burritos. Hernandez came here 17 years ago to work at a restaurant owned by entertainer Charo. Four years ago he opened his own. He incorporates some wonderful Hawaiian flavors (the fish tacos, for instance, are made with ahi), but his recipes are pure East L.A. Some other Mexican restaurants we've visited in Hawaii pale by comparison.