Food Porn: Cantina Loco

In the history of Buffalo Eats, I don’t think we’ve seen a more anticipated opening for a restaurant in Buffalo.  I’ve probably read over 10 articles on Buffalo Rising, Buffalo Spree, The Buffalo News and Artvoice about Mike Andrzejewski’s new Mexican restaurant.  Last night Cantina Loco opened it’s doors for the first time to customers and since we literally live right down the street, we stopped by on the first night.   For the time being, they are only offering takeout.  They’ll have a full opening when they eventually acquire their liquor license and finish remodeling the dining room/bar.

You can find their entire menu here; Burritos run from $6-7; Quesadillas $4-5.50 and Taco’s $5-6.  These aren’t the mammoth burritos you’ll find at Lloyd, Moe’s or Chipotle, but for what they are lacking in quantity, they definitely make up for in quality of their ingredients.  On Cantina Loco’s menu you’ll find ingredients that you can’t find at many other places in Buffalo; Grilled Kalbi Shorts, Tomatillo’s and Homemade Chorizo.

This quick write up isn’t a final verdict of the restaurant, this was a soft opening and I have a feeling that when we visit Cantina Loco in the coming weeks and months the food will only get better and better.  This is simply an article showing some of the food that you can get today.

The Koreatown Taco ($6, pictured above) was my favorite menu item that we tried out last night.  The Grilled Kalbi Short Ribs were tender and juicy and had a really sweet flavor.  The kimchee wasn’t overwhelming but there was enough to give a sour bite to offset the sweet meat.  It was fantastic and will probably be my “go to” menu item.

The Chorizo Burrito ($6, pictured above) was also very good.  The homemade Chorizo was ground up and covered with cheese as well as cooked peppers and onions.  Very good, but I actually preferred the Chorizo with Queso dip (see in gallery).  And that’s literally exactly what it sounds like, Queso dip mixed with Chorizo.  They loaded they Qeuso with their homemade ground Chorizo and it was incredibly addicting and delicious, definitely something we will be ordering frequently and, when the bar finally opens, will be an awesome snack to enjoy with a beer.

Along with the Chicken Taco ($5, pictured bottom), Alli also ordered the Carnitas Taco ($5.50, pictured top) that was covered in Tomatillo Onion Relish.  The Chicken Taco didn’t wow her, it needed something extra to spice it up.  The Carnitas Taco, however, was something she would get again.  The pork was tender and actually had quite a sweet flavor to it, which may have also been due to the relish.  Along with what I believe was queso fresco, the entire combination worked wonderfully.  If you aren’t adventurous enough to try kimchi, chorizo, or their fish taco (which I cant wait to try next time), the Carnitas Taco may be a good choice for you.

It was only the first day and we only tried 5 menu items but the food was great and while we haven’t crowned Cantina Loco our “new favorite restaurant”, it definitely has the potential.  It’s a little expensive (the tacos are the same size as Lloyd’s tacos but double the price) but, especially with a talented and established chef like Mike and a menu full of unique ingredients, I can only expect great things to continue.  According to one of our readers, they will be having specials on Sundays and eventually full Hog meals.

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One thought on “Food Porn: Cantina Loco

  1. coreyschafferCorey

    “or until [its] gone” ???

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