Food Porn: Coyote Cafe

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My experiences with both Hamburg’s restaurant scene and Mexican food in Buffalo have both had a shot in the arm over the last 3 months.  Mexican is really a cuisine that I would love to try more often and while Buffalo isn’t know for the most authentic, I still think there are several great options.  Hamburg to me has never been a foodie hot bed, I enjoy Tina’s (while Alli LOVES it) and I am was always looking for an excuse to go to Record Theatre (however, as of just a few weeks ago, the last remaining southtown location has closed, RIP) but I never would go out of my way to eat in Hamburg.

So seeing as how I am moving out of Orchard Park next month (and into the heart of Allentown) I figured that it was time for me to get in those remaining Southtown restaurants I’ve been dying to try before I have no urge to drive back here.  I’ve actually been to Coyote Cafe before, twice even, but I have never eaten there.  Both times were to meet friends who had just finished a meal and were drinking, so I was familiar with the inside.  Walking in, the place seems to have more of a Caribbean theme going on.  In comparison, when I was walking into 5 de Mayo I KNEW I was in a Mexican restaurant.

While we waited at the bar for a table (10 minute wait tops) I ordered myself a pint of Dos Equis, one reason being I’ve never really had the chance to fully enjoy one and also because those damn commercials are amazing.  When our two drinks only came to $6, I was assuming I would be getting just a regular small pint glass, but instead got this guy:

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In was seemed like a goblet, they served me a nice class of Dos Equis on draft.  The beer was better then I remembered, definitely an easy summer beer.  Nothing too strong in the flavor department, but a good pale ale to cool down or quench your thirst.

Similar to my experience with 5 De Mayo, they served us some free nachos to start off our meal.  The salsa was very different with almost a ketchup consistency and taste.

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Alli ordered the Flautas, 3 crisp corn shells filled with chicken and cheeses, topped with Chile con queso (a cheese sauce), guacamole and sour cream.  In all honesty, after eating a bite out of one of those corn shells I was jealous of her order.  The combination of a spicy flavor of the chicken and the texture of the fried corn shell covered with cheese…It was fantastic, something that will order for myself next time I visit.

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My order was the Seafood Chimichanga, and for those who aren’t familiar a Chimichanga, it’s crispy flour shell filled with a choice of meat/bean.  I wasn’t super crazy about it.  Looking back at my choice I would have passed on the seafood option and maybe have gotten the Pork version.  Crab meat needs to be really fresh or flavored to really stand out and in this dish it got lost in the combination of cheese and flour.

However, an upside to my dish was that I (as well as Alli) had the option of picking 2 sides with each of our meals.

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Alli choose Mexican Spaghetti and Mexican Potatoes, I tried their Frijoles and the potatoes as well.  The potatoes were basically really thick french fires that were covered in Mexican seasoning.  The Frijoles were great, delicious mashed re-fried beans with shredded cheese on top.

Overall, other than my poor choice of meat for my Chimichanga, the meal was really good and in terms of how much you get for how much you spend.  For 12 dollars I got a rather large Chimichanga, and two very large side dish servings.  The location itself is quite dark inside (hence the poor picture quality) with the typical Mexican (or Caribbean it seems) decorations scattered throughout.  Parking is a bit of a pain however.  Located almost right next door to Tina’s Italian Kitchen, parking is limited to the sides of Main Street and a bank parking lot across the street that is always filled.  The bar is open late during the weekend (midnight) and the restaurant is open until 10pm.

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2 thoughts on “Food Porn: Coyote Cafe

  1. Doug

    i just wish you would have tried the Carnita Plate!!!

  2. “So seeing as how I am moving out of Orchard Park next month (and into the heart of Allentown)”

    elaborate.

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