Wahiawā’s Taqueria el Ranchero To Open A Ka Makana Aliʻi Location

Taqueria el Ranchero, the popular Wahiawā spot known for authentic Mexican street food, will open a second location at Ka Makana Aliʻi in early 2021. The restaurant will be in the space formerly occupied by Limón Rotisserie, which never reopened after closing due to coronavirus restrictions.

Taqueria el Ranchero’s owner, Hector Garcia Gomez, spent part of his childhood on a ranch in Mexico. Later, after living in San Francisco and joining the U.S. military, he was stationed in Wahiawā.

“I started the restaurant because I needed food from back home. Everything on the menu is street food that I like to eat,” Garcia said. “I can’t wait to bring my authentic Mexican taqueria to Ka Makana Ali‘i. Many of my customers are already excited for this second location and I cannot wait to serve this great community.”

Taqueria el Ranchero specializes in simple Mexican street food like tacos, burritos, quesadillas and nachos, along with weekend specials like pozole (pork soup), menudo (tripe soup) and chile rellenos.

Everything is cooked fresh on site, and because the Ka Makana Ali‘i location will have a larger kitchen, Garcia hopes to create more combination plates to expand his current menu.

The Wahiawā location opens every day at 7am for breakfast, serving traditional Mexican morning favorites like Chilaquiles, Huevos Con Chorizo, and Huevos El Rancheros. Plans are for the Ka Makana Ali‘i to offer breakfast, lunch and dinner as well. The restaurant will offer takeout, a dine-in space with a full-service bar, and outdoor seating.