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, New York Times lauded chef Victor Parra Gonzalez recently morphed his tantalizing creations into taco form just over a year ago.
Taqueria La Delicias, 454 Pearl St., Buffalo
Tortas, quesadillas and, of course, tacos fill the vast menu at Taqueria La Delicias, known for its quality ingredients and a huge array of customizable options, all in the heart of downtown Buffalo.
Lone Star Fajita Grille, 1853 Hertel Ave., Buffalo
This has been a Hertel Avenue staple for decades, and 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 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.
Monte Alban, 507 E. Center St., Medina
These tacos are simple and traditional, but done extremely well; corn tortillas with meat, onions and chopped cilantro. Get after the chorizo when you visit as it’s a must-try. Tip: only open in the summer months, cash only.
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.
Ranchos, 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!
Hali Boyz, 388 Amherst St., Buffalo
Pop into this Blackrock eatery adorned with floor-to-ceiling graffiti art and a totally unique spin on tacos like their Chili Deshebrada – beef in their signature Hali orange chili.
Dos Amigos, 3800 Hoover Rd., Blasdell
It’s Spanish for two friends, but feel free to bring more than two to this sprawling outdoor oasis on Lake Erie. Get comfy on one of the couches, ask the staff to light up a fire-pit, and get ready for an Instagram worthy sunset over a plate of delicious tacos.