Food Porn: Cozumel Grill & Tequila Bar

Update: Cozumel has since closed since this article was posted.

I don’t know what it is, but no other type of food puts me in a good party mood than some Mexican delicacies.  Perhaps it’s the tequila, perhaps it’s the refreshing Mexican brews, or perhaps it’s the party aura of Cinco de Mayo, but the experience always seems to lighten the mood.  So, on a cold and rainy Buffalo evening, Cozumel seemed like the perfect choice for a bite to eat before heading out for some Friday night festivities.  Cozumel, which is on Elmwood between the “Elmwood Strip” and Allentown, sports the perfect location for a drink and some dinner before heading out.  It’s a very stereotypical Mexican restaurant in decor.  Walking in you notice the extreme bright (almost neon) colors as well as pictures of sombreros and tequila bottles.  Again, all conducive to that party frame of mind.

After being seated, the server rattled off a long list of nightly specials and we ordered a round Dos Equis Amber, which just so happens to be my favorite Mexican beer.  Its light and refreshing (like every Mexican beer) yet actually has a bit of flavor and substance to it, unlike its colored water flavored rival (cough, Corona, couch).  The server brought out a basket of complimentary chips and salsa and I was pretty impressed with the salsa.  Nothing that blew my mind, but a good, solid, homemade salsa.

Dos Equis, chips and salsa. Mexico’s answer to Bud and Peanuts.

Since we wanted to enjoy a few adult beverages throughout the meal, we decided to prolong the experience by going with an appetizer.  We decided to go with some Avocado Cakes, which was one of the specials for the night.

Avocado Cake appetizer special

Now, I love avocado.  I will eat them with a spoon and some salt, in guacamole, on sandwiches, and in just about every way; but I was a bit skeptical of an avocado cake for the mere fact that the texture doesn’t seem ideal to deep fry and stay together in a cake form.  However, I was pleasantly surprised when they came out.  They were crisp on the outside, soft and creamy on the inside, and they came with a really tasty spicy remoulade dip.  Definitely a good way to start of the meal.  While we were chowing down on the cake we made our dinner choices.  I went with the fish tacos and my date went with one of the specials, steak and horseradish tacos, both of which were an affordable $9.95.

Fish tacos front and steak tacos back

Fish tacos front, steak tacos back

Both of the dishes were served with a small salad garnish and a nice sized pile of rice and beans.  Basically what you would expect from a Mexican restaurant.  I snuck a few bites of the steak tacos before diving into mine and they were quite tasty.  The horseradish sauce was milder than I thought it should be, but noticeable.  It gave a nice bite to the meat which was tender and juicy.  After my pirated bites, I focused on the meal I ordered.  The rice and beans were OK; they lacked a little spice and were a bit dry…but not a terrible side dish.  The fish tacos were served with a creamy, spicy dip (slightly different from the remoulade from the appetizer).  The fish was not over cooked, which happens often in a fish taco, and the sauce complimented the tacos well, adding a bit of spice but not overpowering the lightly seasoned interior.  All in all I would say that I was pleasantly surprised by the fish tacos, which is always a good thing.  After the chips & salsa, the avocado cakes ,and tacos, I was without a doubt stuffed to the brim.

I would recommend Cozumel if you are in the Mexican mood.  They have a nice selection of Mexican beers, house margaritas, and an extensive menu.  The food isn’t especially “authentic Mexican” but when you put well-cooked meat in a shell with some cheese and tasty sauce, how can you go wrong.  It has a fun atmosphere and it’s a great place to relax over some drinks before heading out.

Cheers!
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4 thoughts on “Food Porn: Cozumel Grill & Tequila Bar

  1. Kelly

    I am wondering how the fish was cooked? I once ordered a fish taco and it was a battered fried fish, which surprised me.

  2. Adam Pfleegor

    I should have mentioned this in the article, my apologies. However, the fish was NOT fried, it was broiled I assume. It was light and flaky which I was really pleased with. The traditional Mexican fish taco is deep fried, and often twice. They batter and fry the fish, place the fish in an uncooked taco shell and deep fry altogether. This way is tasty but I enjoyed the fresh taste of the broiled/seasoned fish.

  3. Kelly

    I had never heard that. I will always ask in the future, as I didn’t care for the fried fish.

  4. Shirley Stolarski

    I am glad someone had good food when they went there because I definitely did not. The quesadilla was dry and tasted funky. The guacamole dip consisted of chopped, unripened avocados. They did not even have queso for the chips. It would have definitely helped because the chips were mixed with fresh and stale ones.

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