Mexican food is few and far in between on the island of Oahu. So when I was driving through Haleiwa and spotted Killer Tacos, I had to give them a try. Killer Tacos isn’t a food truck but a classic restaurant format where they provide both indoor and outdoor seating.
The menu at Killer Tacos consists of burritos, salads, nachos, a cheese quesadilla and of course tacos. The prices are very reasonable. The burritos run from just $5.99 to $6.99 and the Pupus start at just $3.99 for the cheese quesadilla up to $7.99 for the killer taco salad. The tacos are also fairly inexpensive, starting at $2.19 for the hard taco up to $2.99 for the fish taco.
I love a good burrito but on this visit, I was in the mood to try a couple of tacos. Fish tacos seem to be quite popular on Oahu so I ordered the fish taco and the pulled pork taco as well. The wait was very short and within a couple of minutes, I was already eating. The staff was friendly and helpful. They were happy to tell me about the menu and what the most popular items were and what they recommended.
The first taco I tried was the pulled pork which included cheese, lettuce and salsa. The one thing that drives me crazy about eating a hard taco is having the shell completely fall apart with the first bite. I was pleasantly surprised when this did not happen. The shell stayed intact from the first bite to the last. Of all the components of a hard taco, the part that is lacking the most is quite often the shell but not at Killer Tacos. Everything about this pulled pork taco was nicely balanced and tasted great.
Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for the “super tasty” fish taco. This was a bit of a disappointment for me. The ratio of the Alaskan Cod to the cheese and shredded cabbage was way off. The fish taco seemed like 80% shredded cabbage, about 15% Alaskan Cod and 5% cheese, salsa and sauce. I did like the salsa and spicy cream sauce that came with it. It’s just unfortunate that there was so much shredded cabbage, I had to pull most of it out just to taste the small amounts of fish that was buried in the soft taco. I understand that Alaskan Cod is not the cheapest thing in the world but masking its quantity under a pile of shredded cabbage will give this fish taco a really bad name as it should be called a cabbage taco.
Overall, I was both happy and disappointed with Killer Tacos. One taco was great while the other was not. The staff and my overall experience was a pretty good one. I just think they need to work on the ratio of the fish taco and if they have to raise the price a little to allow for more fish then maybe they should do just that. I don’t know exactly when the price would be too much for a fish taco, but I would rather them charge a little more and make a real killer fish taco than an average one for 50 cents less.
The reviews on Yelp are pretty mixed for this establishment. Some have complained about the staff being rude, which I did not experience during my visit. The three people that were working when I stopped by were all pretty nice but maybe I got lucky or they improved the staff since those reviews.
One thing you don’t want to see from Yelp’s stats is more 1, 2, 3 and 4 star ratings than 5 star ratings. Killer Tacos has 136 total Yelp reviews, 58 are 4 and 5 star reviews while 44 are1 and 2 star reviews. Only 17 people on Yelp gave them a 5 star rating. On the other end of the spectrum, 24 people gave them a 1 star rating; those reviews are absolutely scathing. This is a clear warning sign for any customer looking online for a place to eat. However, I would say my own overall personal experience at Killer Tacos was somewhere right in the middle since one taco was good but the other was not and the service was fine to me.
If you want to give Killer Tacos a try, their hours of operation are from 10:00am to 8:00pm, seven days a week.
Here are some photos from my visit to Killer Tacos
Map to Killer Tacos