Amigos on Front Street in Maui is a small dive that resembles what could have been a cantina in an old Mexican village. The owner helped by playing it up a notch: her long curly hair up in a old school bun with a flower comb; heavy winged out eyeliner with blue eyeshadow; wearing high waisted black tight jeans and stilettos. She looked hard and rugged, and definitely not someone to mess with. But despite her tough demeanor, she was friendly and the food — pretty darn good.
Although Amigos is a hole in wall, it is relatively clean. There are only four diner booths and some chairs. A flat screen TV hung in the far corner and was playing videos of Mexican mariachi bands. A few old men were having beers next to us. And a cool looking Pinata in the shape of a Tequila bottle hung above us from the ceiling. A small plate of nachos and salsa landed on our table while we browsed through the menu.
(Above: Fish taco — double wrapped in soft tacos.)
The menu had a surprisingly large number of items — and all looked interesting. I opted for two soft tacos: one Al Pastor (ground spicy pork) and one with fish. Tre had two shrimp tacos along with rice and beans.
My taco’s were really good, especially the fish. Doubled soft taco filled with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, onions and grilled fish which was tender, moist and seasoned nicely. Tre’s shrimp tacos were the best I ever had: generous amounts of grilled seasoned shrimp filled the taco and was full of flavor. I couldn’t help myself from sneaking bites. The rice and beans accompanied by it were ok, but nothing special.
(Clockwise: 1. If you bust this Pinata open, will Tequila flow out? 2. Homemade salsa. 2. Al Pastor Taco.)
Our bill including taxes and tips came to just under $2o, which is an excellent deal in Maui. Our service was friendly and the food tasty. Amigos will definitely be on our return to list on our next trip back.
Perfect for: fresh Mexican food on a tropical island.
658 Front Street, Lahaina