Fast-casual dining is a big deal in Kailua Kona, where the best meals give you a brief moment to rest before you return to your Hawaiian adventures. Intriguing selections can be found at many local establishments, but there’s something to be said for enjoying a simple and delicious meal. This is what you’ll find at Killer Tacos, which, while far from elegant, always gets the job done when you need a tasty taco in a hurry.
Founded by Washington transplant Chris Bair (who acquired experience at many top Maui resorts and restaurants), this taco joint has been a Hawaiian mainstay since it was first opened in 2000. The goal has always been to provide quick, satisfying meals in a family-friendly setting.
With a motto like “let us roll you a fatty,” what’s not to love? This lighthearted approach extends to every aspect of the Killer Tacos experience. Nothing served here is particularly fancy, but therein lies the appeal. When you want a basic meal that satisfies your cravings, there’s nowhere better.
Many options are available for both vegetarians and vegans. The veggie entrees will need to be requested without dairy if you’re vegan — but the friendly staff members are happy to accommodate your dietary needs.
A small selection of beverages is provided, including iced tea, bottled water, and soda. Your meal is served in a basket — and you’ll want to take advantage of the many napkins provided, as these tacos and burritos can be messy.
Your dining space will be as simple as your meal, so don’t arrive expecting an awe-inspiring view. Outdoor seating is available, but the strip mall setting is far from picturesque. Still, the atmosphere is pleasant both inside and out.
A few of our favorite menu items include the following:
Simple and effective, this burrito gets the job done. It includes all the essentials, such as meat, cheese, rice, beans (black or refried), guacamole, sour cream, and salsa. If you want to go even simpler, opt for the Shortboard version, which does away with the guacamole. Multiple types of meat are available, but spicy ground beef is always a wise option.
Appropriately named, these nachos are loaded with melted cheese, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and your choice of meat: ground beef, chicken, or pork. A vegetarian option with beans is also available.
Taco Lunch Deal
Every day, Killer Tacos provides a special deal for lunch, which consists of two hard-shell tacos and a fountain beverage. Available with options for both meat-eaters and vegetarians, these crunchy tacos always come with lettuce and salsa.
A great vegetarian meal that could even satisfy dedicated carnivores, this delicious quesadilla features a huge flour tortilla that is filled with beans and melted cheese before it’s folded in half. A small side of salsa is included, with jalapenos available upon request.
Craving something sweet? After you’ve eaten your fill of tacos, burritos, or quesadillas, treat yourself to an island-made popsicle. Otherwise, you can also have a delicious cookie.
Fast-casual should never feel like a compromise — and it certainly won’t when you visit Killer Tacos. Stop by this Kailua Kona favorite for a quick, but a memorable meal that will have you craving a return visit.
-Get decked out in Killer Tacos merchandise. The taco joint sells T-shirts and Hydro Flask water bottles, which you’re welcome to browse before or after you’ve enjoyed your meal.
-Online ordering is available when you’re in a hurry. Be careful if you order online, however, as you’ll need to visit the specific website for the Kailua Kona location. Also, keep in mind that a minimum order of $10 applies for online ordering.