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., Buffalo, 5933 Main St., Williamsville & several mobile locations
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, Casa Azul offers some of the most creative and authentic taco creations in a lively space that’s just steps away from the heart of downtown.
Breezy Burrito Bar, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo
Locally sourced and rolled tight, Breezy Burrito Bar has upgraded from their space from their original food stall on downtown Main Street. Stop by for great, fresh eats, excellent cocktails and good times.
Aguacates Mexican Bar & Grill, 765 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo
A relatively new addition to the Elmwood food scene, Aguacates offers some of Buffalo’s most affordable tacos and fajitas in a cozy space adorned with sombreros, flags and other Tex-Mex paraphernalia.
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., Buffalo, 1707 Hertel Ave., Buffalo & 6727 Transit Rd., Lancaster
Don your favorite luchador mask and head to either Deep South location, either in the heart of downtown Buffalo, up north on Hertel or outside of the city in Lancaster.
Cantina 62, 2178 Seneca St., Buffalo
Fusing together the best of Mexican and American cuisine, Cantina 62 even takes it a step further than other local taquerias, offering vegetarian and vegan-friendly Impossible “meat” tacos and Mexican eats.
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.
Taqueria los Mayas, 3525 Genesee St., Cheektowaga
A talented newcomer to the local taco scene, Taqueria los Mayas boasts a whopping 18 styles of taco on their menu plus tons of other, mouth-watering authentic Mexican fare.
Coyote Cafe, 36 Main St., Hamburg
From the brick-and-mortar restaurant to their food truck, tacos are just the start at this long-standing Hamburg eatery. Shrimp, fish, chorizo, carnitas – the choice is yours!
Left Coast Taco, 603 Oakwood Ave., East Aurora
Heading out to the charming village of East Aurora? Stop in Left Coast for a west coast-inspired menu with tacos filled wish fish, guacamole and citrus flavor. Feeling brave? Try the spicy Death tacos.
Taqueria Ranchos Las Delicias, 1516 Niagara St., Buffalo
Along the Niagara River, Ranchos takes the classic taco and adds their own awesome Venezuelan flair. Be sure to try the arepas, too!
Senor Tequila, 414 Pearl St., Buffalo
Tortas, quesadillas and, of course, tacos fill the vast menu at Senor Tequila, known for its quality ingredients and a huge array of customizable options, all in the heart of downtown Buffalo.