If you haven’t seen the news (and more news) that Buffalo, and the surrounding region, is undergoing something of a culinary renaissance, then you need to take another look. From casual to fine dining, American to ethnic, there’s been an absolute explosion of new restaurants. One of the most notable microcosms of this food revival can be seen in the recent wave of new taquerias and Mexican restaurants that have opened their door. Whether it’s ultra-authentic preparations or innovative new concepts, if you’re a fan of tacos, you need to try these top taco spots:
Lloyd Taco Factory & Trucks, 1503 Hertel Ave. & several mobile locations, Buffalo
These are the founders of the Buffalo taco truck scene (the entire food truck scene, actually). Lloyd serves up unique spins on classic tacos with flavors mimicking chicken and waffles and a Big Mac, appropriately named the Big Lloyd.
Casa Azul, 128 Genesee St., Buffalo
Never one to shy away from culinary experimentation, Chef Victor Parra Gonzalez recently morphed his tantalizing creations into taco form this past winter.
Valle de Mexico, 5569 Camp Rd., Hamburg
Tortas, burritos, fruity Mexican desserts and, of course, tacos fill the vast menu at Valle of Mexico, known for its quality ingredients and letting its patrons BYOB.
Kiosko Latino at West Side Bazaar, 25 Grant St., Buffalo
The West Side Bazaar, a small business incubator, currently showcases several small restaurants featuring cuisine from Dim Sum to East African injera. To much acclaim, Kiosko Latino, serving Puerto Rican and Mexican fare, has now opened within the bazaar.
Deep South Taco, 291 Ellicott St. & 1707 Hertel Ave., Buffalo
Don your favorite luchador mask and head to either Deep South location, either in the heart of downtown Buffalo or up north on Hertel. PS: the downtown location throws an annual block party just for Cinco de Mayo.
Cantina 62, 2723 South Park Ave., Lackawanna
Fusing together the best of Mexican and American cuisine, Cantina 62 even takes it a step further than other local taquerias, offering early morning treats including churros, crepes and breakfast tacos.
Gramma Mora’s Mexican Restaurant, 1465 Hertel Ave., Buffalo
A mainstay of the Hertel avenue food culture, Gramma dishes out delicious Mexican grub, excellent happy hour drinks and has even become so popular that her burritos are sold in local grocery stores.
Cantina Loco, 191 Allen St., Buffalo
Situated in the eclectic Allentown community, Cantina Loco offers fresh Mexican food likes tacos, quesadillas and a killer tortilla soup, with a generous side of people watching.
Taqueria los Mayas, 3525 Genesee St., Cheektowaga
A talented newcomer to the local taco scene, Taqueria los Mayas boasts a whooping 11 styles of taco on their menu plus tons of other, mouth-watering authentic Mexican fare.