The sad departure of Bubba Burgers in Hanalei left a significant void on the vibe of the town. Luckily, Federico’s Fresh Mex Cuisine (also of Princeville) has stepped up to the plate to fill that void. We can’t think of anyone better.
Part of the magic of Bubba Burgers was the location, and Federico’s has inherited one of the prime spots in the world. The restaurant is the centerpiece of Hanalei’s town square, situated on a lawn across from the Ching Young Village Shopping Center. The backdrop is green tropical mountains streaming with waterfalls. The weather is always refreshing, rain or shine. There’s not a care in the world here.
Though Federico’s Restaurant operates out of the same small shack as Bubba Burgers once did, the menu is extensive and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner items. For breakfast try their delicious Ricos huevos rancheros with homemade chorizo or their homemade chorizo and egg burrito. Name a Mexican dish and it’s probably on the lunch and dinner menu, including burritos, tacos, tortas, quesadillas, taquitos, taco salads and tostadas. (This is Hawaii, and you can bet fish and shrimp are available on many items.)
There’s vegetarian choices as well including the Grilled Veggie Burrito and Red Veggie Enchiladas. Federico’s also offers a healthy kids menu and a dessert menu. The restaurant is proud to offer the only free salsa bar on the island. And if you just can’t get a hamburger out of your head at this location, Federico’s also offers burgers with 100% Kauai grass fed beef patties!
Limited seating is available inside the restaurant, but the best place to enjoy Federico’s delicious Mexican food is outside on the deck overlooking the town square. There are also some picnic tables on the lawn.
The food is authentic here, with homemade family recipes that will leave you satisfied. Federico’s is a favorite of ours and there’s a good chance it will be one of your favorites too! Stop by whenever you’re needing a quick bite or a full meal in this wondrous location.
Address: 5-5161 Kuhio Hwy Hanalei, HI 96714
Phone: (808) 320-8394
On the Web: www.federicoskauai.com