During my previous visits to Zaratez, Iâ€™ve tried the burrito plate,Â mulitas, and the tacos, all of which that will take you to Mexico andÂ you wonâ€™t have to pay for plane fare.
According to the coupleÂ standing next to me in line who are of Mexican descent from LosÂ Angeles, and who have been living here for a while, Zaratez is theÂ best Mexican food in Honolulu hands down.
But today, during my visit to Zaratez for a snack and to talk storyÂ with Paul Zarate, the owner, informed me that his last day of businessÂ will be this Friday, October 28th due to financial reasons.Â EvenÂ though Zaratez won 2011 Ilima Awardâ€™s Criticâ€™s Choice for the bestÂ Mexican food in Honolulu, it could not save it from the presentÂ economic conditions.
But, as one door closes, another one opens, withÂ Paul focusing his energies on catering special events and to searchÂ for a new restaurant location in the Honolulu area.
Located across the Pan Am building on Kapiolani Blvd., Zaratez will beÂ open today through Friday from 11AM until all the food has been sold.
The last picture in this post are two chicken tacos that will be myÂ last order from Zaratez for a while.