After living in San Diego for the better part of 6 years, I've learn to love Mexican food. growing up in Hawai'i, the Mexican food I knew was Taco Bell. yes, that's sad.
but now I know a lot more about Mexican food and since I've moved back to Hawai'i, I CRAVE it... badly. we looked up Mexican places and saw Serg's (Waimanalo/Manoa) and Mexico (Kalihi), but we never made it to either. El Mariachi in Kaneohe was highly recommended on Yelp!, so we decided to give it a shot and went there for lunch today.
after being seated you get to munch on some warm tortilla chips and salsa. their salsa was really tasty (but a little watery for me), but I had a feeling the food was gonna be bomb-diggity.
we went with the Carnitas Ensalada and Carne Asada soft tacos, beans and rice. my wife also had the Horchata. hooooooo buddy, was definitely broke da mout' action, but I gotta go back again to make sure :) hahaha!
overall, it was really good: huge portions, ~$10-$15 per plate, and super ono food. I know Mexican food is usually cheap (think street tacos, taco carts/stands, etc.), but I think this place is worth the extra bucks. I felt like I had to roll out of the place back to my car. if you're in Kaneohe, stop by!