Taco rice is a popular dish born in Okinawa, made by adding rice to Mexican taco ingredients like ground meat, cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes. Here are 5 restaurants serving super-delicious taco rice!
1. Taco Rice Cafe Kijimunaa Depo Island Branch
This is a popular taco rice restaurant in Mihama Depo Island, the best city resort in Okinawa. The recommended dish is the Omutako (780 JPY for a medium (incl. tax)). It is topped with fluffy and creamy eggs. It is much more delicious than you expect, with the best match of fluffy, creamy eggs and special spicy meat. Furthermore, you can arrange it with the toppings such as avocado and bacon (extra charge) as you like. Since it is popular, there is often a long queue of waiting people, so please visit with plenty of time.
2. Tomishiro Taco-Rice
The owner of this restaurant holds certifications in spice advising and cheese sommelier. His taco rice is very popular because it cannot be found in other restaurants. The popular dish is the Tomishiro Taco-Rice (650 JPY (incl. tax)) topped with Soki spareribs that are boiled and grilled with the owner's blended spices. Specialty blended cheese adds mildness to the punchy taste of the Soki and salsa, creating an original taco rice. If you pay extra 260 yen, you can add a drink and half serving of French fries for a reasonably priced set.
3. Marine Bar Kouki
This bar has an excellent location overlooking the emerald green sea. It is famous for the Aburi Cheese Taco Rice (850 JPY (incl. tax)), in which taco rice is topped with 2 different kind of cheeses and then broiled. The broiled smell will whet your appetite, and the texture of the melted cheese is wonderful. You can also enjoy barbecue on the beach side of this restaurant. They will prepare everything from food to equipment (reservations required), so you can come empty-handed. Enjoying taco rice at the end of a barbecue while feeling the ocean air will satisfy both your heart and stomach.
4. Tacos-ya Chatan Shop
This is a local restaurant with tacos and taco rice that are popular among people of all ages. Their tortillas and salsa are made carefully every day. The recommended dish is the Tacos-ya Plate (650 JPY), which has a taco, taco rice, big onion rings, and French fries. it's very hearty and perfect for people that want to eat various items at a reasonable price. You can also take it out and eat it by the nearby seaside.
5. Steak House 88 Tsuji Main Branch
In 1978, an old-fashioned club that was often visited by US soldiers since 1955, when the US military controlled the island, was remodeled into an American-style steakhouse. The recommended dish is the large Taco Rice with soup (740 JPY (excl. tax)), which you can eat as a side dish while listening to the sizzling sound of steak. They are proud of the taco meat and their original sauce is exquisite. You can add as much sauce to the taco rice as you like. The interior decor, including the order-made bench that has been in this restaurant since it opened, is nostalgic and a treat to look at.
Taco rice is so familiar with people in Okinawa that it is served in a school lunch, and eaten by many local citizens. Each restaurants has their own sauce and meat, so local people have their favorite restaurants. Please try some and compare them.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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