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June 14, 2008


J Ohta

Hi Reid,
What an interesting find. Can you describe the prep and taste of the items? How's the rice? The cornbeef looks like hash. What's a Pastele?


Between you and the Tasty Island, I now have a serious Puerto Rican jones going.

I hope these guys are open for dinner??!


Those pork chops look tasty! I've only had Puerto Rican food once in Miami (supposedly "authentic")and would be curious to compare Mario's Cocina to that. I'm adding it to my list to try!


Yummy! The Pastele looks so delicious. Gonna make sure to check this place out!


Its always such a treat to find authentic ethnic foods in Hawaii!! Thanks for the good find! My boyfriend loves Pastele!


Ha. It's ironic that you covered Puerto Rican cuisine just about the same time me and my partners in crime went on a Puerto Rican binge. lol

One of them discovered a new place in Ewa Beach called "A Taste of Puerto Rico", which then prompted us to have a visit to the Pastele Shop on School and Gulick, which surely you've been to. You're right though, many of the shops here sort of "localize" the dishes. Like at the Pastele Shop, they use Ti Leaves instead of Banana leaves.

What I think is an abomination is when they serve white rice and mac salad with Pasteles. No way, Jose! It's gotta' be Gandule Rice and Bacalau Salad!


MMmmmm.....I love pateles!


Hey there all da way from Washington state.. I was there a few month's back visiting family and stopped in to try the cuisine.. Being of Puerto Rican descent, I grew up in Honolulu wit da best Puerto Rican food there is from GrAND AND GREat Grands...Ono.. Mario's food rated up there wit da best... The Pastele's was perfect and the rice excellent.. You making me hungry just thinking about it.. Aloha.. Oh yeah, doe's Mario ship?? Find out okay.. Laterz


looks good! i love pastele but my wife doesn't care for it much :P

the kitchen looks so homey... wouldn't mind eating here one day


Delicioso! Went for the pasteles and weren't disappointed! The arroz con gandules were great too - just the right amount of garlic. The portions are generous and sure to make you want to go again. LOL - that will be 2500 mile trip for us from Riverside, CA.

Maria de Caguas


I have grown up on Puerto Rican food and when I read in the best of Honolulu about Mario's I wanted to try it. I have been disappointed in the past (with the horrible Pastele Shop) and I had high hopes for Mario's. It is not a place to eat in being small and hot. The woman who helped us was friendly while the gentleman doing the cooking was not so much. The food was subpar. The gandule rice, while having a nice taste had a strange choice for the meat. The pastele was horrible. We asked for the spicy version and what we got was not. It was salty, it had chunks of fat and the masa had pieces of ungrated banana in it. We also ordered the empanadija (meat turnovers)which fortunately for me I didn't eat but unfortunately for my deaughter she did. She said the dough was tasteless and the meat tasted as if it had gone bad. Anyone who has cooked mestuda (the meat in a pastele and empanadija knows how quickly the meat acn go bad but serving it is unforgiveable. My daughter has spent the evening relieving herself of our lunch.

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