Delicious New Mexican/Hawaiian fusion food
Posted on 07 / 06 / 2011
My husband and I, who both grew up in New Mexico, were amazed (and thrilled) to come across Verde on the isle of Kauai. The chef, who is from Albuquerque NM, serves New Mexican-style cuisine with a Hawaiian twist.
Fare includes enchiladas, tacos, burritos, and our favorite, the stuffed sopaipilla.
A sopaipilla is a delicious fried bread served throughout New Mexico. Traditionally served as dessert (drizzled with honey), it can also be stuffed with savory goodies (beans, rice, potatoes, etc.), covered with chile, and served as an entree.
Everything we've eaten has been great; portions are large. The complimentary tortilla chips are thin, hot, and delicious. The guacamole is excellent -- super creamy and wonderfully seasoned. Both salsas from the salsa bar are tasty.
Pretty much all items can be made vegan by omitting cheese; gluten-free folks can order corn tortillas instead of flour.
But if you're not avoiding wheat, do not miss the sopaipillas for dessert. (If you're vegan, skip the honey.)
Note that the red chile is NOT vegetarian (it contains chicken stock), but the green is. All chile comes from Hatch, New Mexico.
Our only minor complaint: The chile was not hot enough for us, though it does offer a nice little kick.
During our week on the island, we've eaten at Verde four times. We were thrilled to find a tasty delicious New Mexican meal outside of the southwest.
Don't be dissuaded by the fact that this little restaurant sits in a small, older strip mall in Kauai -- it offers delicious cuisine. If you like Mexican or New Mexican food, don't pass it by.
Excellent New Mexican food, Large portions, Friendly, accommodating staff