Food Porn: Gramma Mora’s

  • Restaurant Type: Casual
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Prices: Under $10

With our love of Lloyd’s Tacos and Chipotle, Alli and I haven’t really had an urge to venture out and try any of Buffalo’s other Mexican cuisine.  Both of those places have done such a good job serving delicious tacos/burritos on the cheap, why would we go anywhere else?  Considering the poor reputation of many of Buffalo’s Mexican restaurants, I wasn’t really optimistic about finding anything worth trying.  But in an effort to increase our travels to Hertel, we took a trip for lunch at Gramma Mora’s, one of Buffalo longest running Mexican restaurants.  We’ve heard either extremely positive things about Gramma Mora’s or extremely negative, so I was curious where I would fall.  Here’s how our meal went.

On a Sunday afternoon, we walked into a calm restaurant and were seated right away.  We started our meal with some chips and a bowl of their salsa con queso.  Alli, being the connoisseur of all things salsa con queso, found Gramma Mora’s to be quite delicious.  The chips were warm, seemed to be freshly fried and were extra crisp.  Sure they weren’t spectacular and were actually quite salty, but I could imagine them as a good companion with a cold beer.


Alli ordered the Burrito Ranchero ($9.75, top) which was pretty massive (she only finished about half) and was filled with their homemade chorizo.  I didn’t try any of her dish during the meal but I finished off the left overs the following day and wasn’t terribly impressed.  The burrito had a decent heat (presumably from the chili sauce) but lacked a strong flavor.  The chorizo itself was not any better than anything I could make in my own kitchen and the entire dish was only slightly warm bu the time Alli had bitten into it.

I tried the Chorizo Tostada ($5.50, above/left), which is a hard shell taco that’s basically unfolded on a plate with everything just placed on top.  Unless I am missing something, I have no idea how to eat one without making a complete mess.  I tried breaking apart the shell and getting fork fulls of everything but it wasn’t working out too well.  Aside from problems I had from simply eating the dish, I was also disappointed by the main component: the actual chorizo.  As with Alli’s dish, it didn’t have a real strong flavor to it, just a fairly bland ground pork.  I also ordered the Green Chile Enchilada ($5.75, above/right) which was covered in melted cheese and a really spicy chile sauce.  The flavor was pretty intense and tested my spicy threshold (I am a self professed light weight).  That said, the actual temperature of the dish, specifically the pork inside, was only lukewarm.

Alli and I have never tried Mexican cuisine outside of Buffalo and while we have never had “amazing/authentic” Mexican food, we are definitely confident that Gramma Mora’s wasn’t anything groundbreaking.  None of the food was overly horrible but everything was in the range of “alright” to “disappointing”.  Either the flavor was lacking or the actual effort/preparation of our dishes was poorly done.

Our only complaint about our waitress was she didn’t tell us about any of the specials they were offering that day; I didn’t notice any type of sign when we walked into the restaurant so I had no idea they were even offering anything.  But after I heard another waitress tell a table (without being asked) they had ~5 specials, I was upset that our waitress never mentioned it.

I realize there are a few other Mexican restaurants in Buffalo that I’ve yet to try, including one with a really good reputation (La Tolteca), so I have some faith we’ll find something better.  But in the mean time I will get my taco’s from a chain restaurant or a food truck.

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3 thoughts on “Food Porn: Gramma Mora’s

  1. Joe

    I’m a big fan of Burrito Bay, on Millersport. It’s more like fast food, but in my experience has been very good and very cheap. I go there over Mighty Taco when the craving hits.

  2. Ron

    This is actually kinda sad because it seemed it wasn’t that long ago when this was hands down the best mexican food in western new york.
    That can no longer be said and it isn’t because the competition has gotten better. :(

  3. Lois

    My experience at Gramma Mora’s was pretty terrible. I had bone chunks in my food and the “salsa” was basically just warm marinara sauce. And since when does Mexican include a cup of olives on it? The place was dirty, mismatched, and dark. Service was poor and I really want to nominate the place for Restaurant Impossible. I would have rather gone to Taco Bell.

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