Food Porn: Lone Star Fajita Grill

Over a year ago I visited Lone Star in the hopes of finding a new cheap place to eat at lunch in the downtown area.  I had taken pictures and even was ready to write up a Food Porn but for one reason or another that article never came to be.  To be honest, I don’t remember much from that first meal other than Lone Star was crazy cheap and the inside wasn’t that impressive.  After eating there last week I can confirm that the menu is still incredibly cheap (everything on the menu is under $3) and the place is still a dive.

From what I’ve gathered from online comments, this place has some pretty big fans.  Personally, I didn’t even know this place existed until I interviewed Tony from City Love Clothing in May of last year.  The inside (pictured below) its pretty bare bones; you’ll place your order at the back counter and the walls of the dining room have various pieces of Mexican memorabilia sporadically nailed all over.  It seems like the owners felt the place wasn’t “Mexican” enough and picked up some items at a flea market and just threw them all over the walls.  But for me that is completely OK, I’ve never needed a fancy dining area and most of the time I really enjoy dives as long as their food is good.

Quick Info:

  • Restaurant Type: Casual
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Price: Everything is under $3/4, Cash only
  • Location: North Buffalo

I decided to order a couple menu items since they were so cheap and I was starving.  Lone Star’s menu is mainly simple Mexican dishes, you’ll find tacos, quesadillas and fajitas.  I’d say their menu is a bit more complex than Mighty Taco (although just as cheap) but less complex then a Gramma Mora’s or other traditional sit down Mexican restaurants.  I started my lunch with a Tostada Grande (pictured below), which includes ground beef, lettuce, cheese and re-fried beans on top of a hard tortilla shell.  It reminded me of a normal hard shell mighty taco, none of the ingredients were particularly memorable but it was pretty big for being less then $3.

I also ordered two tacos, a marinated steak taco (pictured above) and a vegetarian taco (pictured in gallery).  Both of them were on soft shells with a heavy dose of cheese.  The steak was actually cooked great; the meat was pink and tender (very different than Mighty Taco’s steak) but unfortunately didn’t have a really strong flavor.

I understand why Lone Star would have such a warm spot in someone’s heart, especially if they lived in the area and remember going there as a kid.  But the food itself isn’t that memorable, and aside from being cheap (which I’ve probably mentioned way too much in this article) I can’t think of a reason to go back and visit.  I normally love those restaurants that aren’t pretty on the outside (or in this case inside) but this one just didn’t do it for me.  Normally, the reason I love those dives is because the food makes the trip and experience worth it, at Lone Star this really isn’t the case.  After I put in my order, the women behind the counter preceded to cough up a lung and then I heard the cook (within sight) say “I guess you got what I have!”.  Great.

Photo Gallery:

Lone Star Fajita Grill on Urbanspoon
Lone Star Grille on Foodio54

6 thoughts on “Food Porn: Lone Star Fajita Grill

  1. aaaahahahahaha, that last part just me had doubled over in laughter! so gross. i still have never been here, and will still likely go sometime just to say i’ve been. of course, maybe i’ll wait til the folks behind the counter are over whatever it is they’ve got. but an honest, non-sugarcoated review as always.

  2. elizabeth

    my bf tried the death dog a special menu feature. he said it was one of the hottest things he’s ever had in his life.

    we love the lone star esp the salsa bar and home made chips. we usually get the tostadas, and tacos but have had the quesadillas as well.

    the cheap part is def a key factor in going here

  3. It’s my understanding that the owner of this establishment has been contacting the author at his place of employment and screaming at him, threatening some sort of lawsuit.

    Maybe the proprietor of this hole in the wall should spend more time concentrating on serving consistently good food in a friendly and inviting atmosphere, and less time bullying restaurant opinion writers who factually and accurately recount an actual experience they had in his establishment.

    Off the list.

  4. S.J. Velasquez

    My BF grew up right around the block, and he still lives within a mile of Lone Star. We run there fairly frequently to grab some quesadillas. I guess we’re sorta-regulars. I’ve never been particularly impressed by Lone Star, but it’s cheap/convenient/consistent/comfortable.

    BUT just hearing that the owner is harassing you makes me NEVER want to go back. If the owner was truly serious about bettering his image, he should take your criticism to heart and use it to enhance his establishment. It’s not like you ripped the place apart. I thought the review was honest and consistent with my own personal experiences.

    I am going to get my grub elsewhere from this point. There’s a Mighty Taco not too far away that will get my pseudo-Mexican food money.

  5. Emily

    I ate there years ago and liked it enough to go back once more, but then I was clued into a few things… This place is ABSOLUTELY FILTHY and the owner is a despicable excuse for a human.

  6. Ron Slisz

    I thought the food was great and the service was friendly. I’ll be back and will bring my friends!

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