The newest Federico’s Fresh Mex Cuisine location is located in Hanalei at 5-5161 Kuhio Highway in the former Bubba’s Burgers location. It’s right in downtown Hanalei and the picnic tables sitting outside are great for people watching. A small dining area is also available inside. It is decorated with vibrant colors to accent the lovely island green. Sometimes, especially amid staffing shortages, service can be slow, but just sit back and relax and know that you are on island time. You can also order your food to-go.
The menu is not huge, but what they do make, they do well. It’s a family run business, so you can feel good supporting local commerce. The Hanalei location is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast is served from 8 am to 11 am and the menu includes omelets, burritos, a breakfast quesadilla, and huevos rancheros.
Federico’s Fresh Mex Cuisine uses all natural chicken, New Zealand raised natural beef, trans-fat free cooking oils, and locally grown avocados and tomatoes. For lunch or dinner, there are many choices on the menu, including appetizers, side dishes, hamburgers, a vegan section, tostadas, salads, tacos, and burritos. The prices are decent for the area, the salsas are freshly made, and the corn tortillas are tender, but don’t tear or break.
Here are a few favorites from the menu at Federico’s Fresh Mex Cuisine:
Garlic Herb Shrimp Tacos
Wonderfully seasoned shrimp on a corn tortilla with cabbage, pico de gallo, and chipotle sauce with sliced avocado on top.
Carnitas served in a corn tortilla with green sauce and pico de gallo.
Sabroso Chicken Burrito
Grilled chicken in a flour tortilla with beans, rice, and pico de gallo.
Grilled Chicken Mango Salad
For a very fresh option, this salad is served in a crispy tortilla shell and includes grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, avocado, pepper jack cheese, mango salsa, and chipotle ranch dressing.
Mexican Enchilada Wrap
Choose any meat for this dish that is served wrapped in a flour tortilla with queso cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream, crispy corn tortilla strips, guacamole, and your choice of red or green sauce. This dish is served with rice and beans, a small side salad, and a side of chipotle sauce.
A kids menu is available at Federico’s Fresh Mex Cuisine for those 12 and under and includes a mini cheese quesadilla, mini hamburger, mini bean and cheese burrito, or chicken fingers. All are served with rice, beans, or French fries, a drink, and applesauce. End your meal with caramel Mexican flan or a soft serve frozen milkshake.
Federico’s Fresh Mex Cuisine offers an excellent cup of coffee. Stop by in the morning for your caffeine fix.