[PHOTO_220419]As one of the small town's oldest restaurants, Luquin's Mexican Restaurant in the town of Pahoa on Big Island is the go-to spot for locals and the only Mexican eatery from Pahoa to Hilo - about 20 minutes away. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner and a full bar open at all times, Luquin's serves up basic Mexican fare that's not gourmet, but is always good in a Mexican comfort food sort of way.
Now this eatery isn't fancy, but that's what makes it fun. It's an all-around place; you can go for a quick bite to eat, take the food to go or bring in a group of friends or family to have a few drinks and enjoy a celebratory dinner. You'll mostly be surrounded by locals here, which means good people watching and a view into the local culture (Pahoa is filled with a colorful array of residents). You don't have to worry about dressing up at Luquin's; shirt and shoes is all that's needed.
Owned and operated by the Luquin family, the decor is true Mexican with sombreros decorating the walls and Spanish music playing on the sound system. They're known for their strong (both flavor and tequila-wise) mango margaritas, so ask if it's on special. This is an ideal place to stop when exploring lower Puna and the lava.