Cantina Loco or Cant Wait an Hour to Eat 

Finally tried Cantina Loco due to a friend’s strong influence. As most of you heard, trying to get into this place during the weekend is a nightmare without a reservation. When we arrived, without a reservation, we had to put our names down and wait for one hour and thirty minutes. The place was packed with young professionals (beautiful people) drinking by the bar, waiting for a table, or chopping down on burritos.

Instead of waiting at Cantina for our table we headed over to Hardware for a couple of drinks. As always, I love the ambiance of Hardware especially when they are playing Motown hits that make a cocktail taste even sweeter. Enjoying ourselves and making small talk with the waiter we informed him that we were waiting to eat at Cantina. He said that seems to be the regular story. Many people waiting for Cantina head to Hardware and realize that Hardware has steak tacos too; as a result, Cantina looses customers. 

Again, due to my friends influence we still went to Cantina (sorry Hardware I’m sure your steak tacos are awesome). When we returned to Cantina for our table we had to wait an extra 5 minutes (I say 10 but my friend assures me it was 5). The kind host (I believe his name was Robert) brought us to our table and had a server greet us immediately. As per a friend’s recommendation we ordered Koreatown Tacos, rice, beans, and a Margarita pitcher.

Don’t know if it was the Magaritas and the drinks earlier or the fact that I was in a better mood, but the food was AMAZING. The Koreatown taco was top notch because it had just the right mix of spice and sweetness to it making me want to order another. Yet, the rice and beans was so filling and tasty that it made me wonder why beans in every Mexican restaurant didnt taste so good. We must have looked like two people that haven’t eaten in days the way we devoured our meal, so it was very good. Our server was very attentive and while there were many people in the restaurant making it noisy, it did not ruin our dining experience. 

Is it worth the wait? I would say once - maybe. The reason I say that is because our food was very good but an hour and forty minute wait is just ridiculous. Also I only tried three items on the menu so I do not know how the meals compare. I am happy I waited and tried the Koreatown tacos and will be more than willing to order it again - for takeout. 

If you want to visit Cantina Loco check them at at 191 Allen Street  Buffalo, NY 14201

Grandma Morra I wish I came here 100yrs ago!

Went to a medium sized mexican restaurant on Hertal Ave called Grandma Morra’s, and I have to say I was not pleased. According to the menu, Grandma Morra’s is over 100 years old and was established by the Morra family. I really wish I could have had the food 100 years ago, because what we had last night was not authentic Mexican. The decor of the restaurant was nice, but it went south with the chips and salsa. The salsa was not salsa, but instead marinara sauce and some “salsa.” Then the music, while I love Adele, I do not want to hear her entire album in an “authentic Mexican” restaurant. Moreover, they did not have any habanero sauce! 

My favorite meal when I go to a Mexican restaurant is Chicken Chimichanga with frijoles…granted chimichanga is not an authentic Mexican dish. However, I have had some realllllllllllyyyyy good Chimigangas and the one I had at Grandma Morra’s was not. The chicken was definitely canned cube chicken. The chimi was not covered in the yummy cheesy delight, and there was not flavor. I went with three other people and they voiced that their meals were relatively okay, but not really Mexican.

This is the first restaurant that I am not going to recommend and I was really excited about going. If you still want to check it out the address is 1465 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY. Hertel Ave is an awesome strip either way so make sure to walk around.