Don Tequila Mexican Taqueria

By GirlFriday:
Restaurateur Sergio Mucino is about to add the city of Buffalo to his growing list of popular Mexican restaurant locations; Don Tequila, a “Mexican Taqueria” is slated to open the second week of February 2013.  With locations in Orchard Park, NY as well as in Pittsburgh, PA and Amherst, Ohio this is an exciting move for his expanding brand.  Taking over K. Gallagher’s on Allen Street, Don Tequila will be upgrading the space significantly.  The lengthy list of improvements includes many much needed updates, and is really an entire overhaul of the restaurant/bar.  
The menu will focus on traditional Mexican cuisine, keeping to “the way that we make it in Mexico,” says Sergio.  There will an emphasis on all of the classic dishes that we have come to know and love, including a scrumptous array of as many types of tacos, burritos, and fajitas that one’s mind can conjure.  A lunch menu looks just as enticing, especially when you see how well priced the many selections are!  
Don Tequila, as the name would imply, also does not underwhelm when it comes to the bar menu.  They claim to have the largest selection of tequila in the area, boasting over 75 variations in house.  Of course the obligatory margueritas make quite the appearance, as does an assortment of traditional Mexican beers, all rounded out with a nice presence of happy hour specials to boot.  
Though, what is so exciting about this new restaurant to me, is how accessible it seems.  From the warm tortilla chips served with a carafe of salsa as you sit down, to the many different specials and menu options, to the fact that it will be open 7 days a week, complete with a seperate lunch menu.   Don Tequila seems like it will be the perfect neighborhood spot to get your fix of traditional Mexican fare, and atmosphere, while keeping your wallet as happy as your senses.

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48 comments
LuvinBuffalo
LuvinBuffalo

The Don Tequila Restaurant in Orchard Park was one of my favorite places to go. I haven't been able to find out if it will reopen or not or if the building owner has made a decision to renovate or rebuild, or just tear it down. Meanwhile, does anyone know if restaurant owner still plans to open the Taqueria on Allen St. or not? I would not hesitate to drive across town if that place opens. Yes, the food was that good.

LuvinBuffalo
LuvinBuffalo

The Don Tequila Restaurant in Orchard Park was one of my favorite places to go. I haven't been able to find out if it will reopen or not or if the building owner has made a decision to renovate or rebuild, or just tear it down. Meanwhile, does anyone know if restaurant owner still plans to open the Taqueria on Allen St. or not? I would not hesitate to drive across town if that place opens. Yes, the food was that good.

periodista
periodista

A lot of the waiters lived upstairs also. Anyone know how to contact the owner so I can donate some money/clothes to the guys?

periodista
periodista

A lot of the waiters lived upstairs also. Anyone know how to contact the owner so I can donate some money/clothes to the guys?

Millz88
Millz88

The Orchard Park location had a massive fire today. I hope this doesn't change their plans for Allentown. I've been looking forward to the opening since seeing it on this site.

Millz88
Millz88

The Orchard Park location had a massive fire today. I hope this doesn't change their plans for Allentown. I've been looking forward to the opening since seeing it on this site.

LBK17
LBK17

I've heard their restaurant in Orchard Park serves pre-packaged guacamole which is so disgusting. This is unacceptable. With SOLE closing, perhaps they can hire some of the guacamole guys who came to your table so they can prepare it fresh.

BPS_Rising
BPS_Rising

Can't wait, I've looked forward to the day when real Mexican could be found in the city since the day I moved here!

On the topic of pizza - please, someone, bring really good pizza to Buffalo. I've tried dozens of local pizza shops, and have yet to find the perfect slice.

TurkeyBurger
TurkeyBurger

Shouldn't 'Cantina Loco' really be 'Cantina Loca'...if following proper Spanish? Just asking...any Spanish teachers out there?

TurkeyBurger
TurkeyBurger

Shouldn't 'Cantina Loco' really be 'Cantina Loca'...if following proper Spanish? Just asking...any Spanish teachers out there?

The Boss
The Boss

chill out repat, I really don't think people consider the food served at Mighty to be an authentic representation of Mexican cusine any more than they think Sbarros is real Italian, And I think Cantina likes to bill itself as "California Street/Beach Food", but yes a Mexican restaurant I would welcome a good Spanish bar/restaurant as well.

Postermaster
Postermaster

I'm with WIGS. I have had over a two decade long on-again, off-again relationship with the bar. I will fondly remember Chris the bartender, its harmonious relationship between black, white and gay, Howard, Wendy and the drugs. It had very decent food, especially the fried chicken dinner. It was the least bit pretentious so you knew you would never run into a guy like Steel.

I too wish this place luck and will visit.

Postermaster
Postermaster

I'm with WIGS. I have had over a two decade long on-again, off-again relationship with the bar. I will fondly remember Chris the bartender, its harmonious relationship between black, white and gay, Howard, Wendy and the drugs. It had very decent food, especially the fried chicken dinner. It was the least bit pretentious so you knew you would never run into a guy like Steel.

I too wish this place luck and will visit.

elmdog
elmdog

Yes - this is going back to '95 or '96 and it was great back then .... Something like that would kill it here .....

elmdog
elmdog

Yes - this is going back to '95 or '96 and it was great back then .... Something like that would kill it here .....

WIGS
WIGS

I'm going to miss K. Gallagher's as I spent many times eating/drinking/socializing there (it was always a good standby)enjoying decent food/drink at reasonable prices.

I'm sure my friend (that still lives in Buffalo)that I used to often patronize the restaurant with will miss the place as well.

Good luck with the new restaurant!

WIGS
WIGS

I'm going to miss K. Gallagher's as I spent many times eating/drinking/socializing there (it was always a good standby)enjoying decent food/drink at reasonable prices.

I'm sure my friend (that still lives in Buffalo)that I used to often patronize the restaurant with will miss the place as well.

Good luck with the new restaurant!

ivan putski jr
ivan putski jr

Does Don Pablo's count? The Elmwood strip had one of them for a while

onestarmartin
onestarmartin

Felinis is still rockin here in the ATL. I believe 3 or 4 locations now. You are speaking of the Ponce location. Always busy....as is Mellow Mushroom.

onestarmartin
onestarmartin

Felinis is still rockin here in the ATL. I believe 3 or 4 locations now. You are speaking of the Ponce location. Always busy....as is Mellow Mushroom.

grad94
grad94

i thought the food and service were fine. it was the rest of the experience that was unpleasant.

if you go there after dark, don't expect to be able to see your entree unless you have a window seat near a streetlight. and don't expect to be able hear your dinner companions. stick with take-out.

anyway, getting back on topic, best of luck to mr. mucino!

RDUtoBUF
RDUtoBUF

Would be a good spot for a mellow mushroom. I haven't seen much pizza of that style around here.

RDUtoBUF
RDUtoBUF

Would be a good spot for a mellow mushroom. I haven't seen much pizza of that style around here.

elmdog
elmdog

The restaurant and kitchen need a complete renovation ....This spot would be perfect....Having a full wooden patio extended out and side to side in front of the rest....There was a place in Atlanta back in the day called Felinis...Large pizza and beer restaurant....Had a really nice large patio with a fountain and asthetically nice...people would fill the patio on a nice day, families and or young people...Order pitchers of beer and pizza and just relax....

http://atlanta.curbed.com/archives/2012/06/18/-the-fellinis-on-lavista.php

All of our pizza joints "say" please take your pizza and leave...

elmdog
elmdog

The restaurant and kitchen need a complete renovation ....This spot would be perfect....Having a full wooden patio extended out and side to side in front of the rest....There was a place in Atlanta back in the day called Felinis...Large pizza and beer restaurant....Had a really nice large patio with a fountain and asthetically nice...people would fill the patio on a nice day, families and or young people...Order pitchers of beer and pizza and just relax....

http://atlanta.curbed.com/archives/2012/06/18/-the-fellinis-on-lavista.php

All of our pizza joints "say" please take your pizza and leave...

LouisTully
LouisTully

Relax, dude. I don't ever hear Chinese people freaking about Thai being called Chinese. Go have a Carne Alota.

LouisTully
LouisTully

Relax, dude. I don't ever hear Chinese people freaking about Thai being called Chinese. Go have a Carne Alota.

Jaxson
Jaxson

Im sure your right amigo all I was saying I wish they would bring mighty tacos down here. I really miss getting asuper mighty on Bailey

Jaxson
Jaxson

Im sure your right amigo all I was saying I wish they would bring mighty tacos down here. I really miss getting asuper mighty on Bailey

TheRepatformerlyknownasosirisascending
TheRepatformerlyknownasosirisascending

You're being obtuse. At the very least, if you think Mighty Taco is Mexican food, and continue to insist it is, even when it isn't, you are more than welcome to remain willfully ignorant.

TheRepatformerlyknownasosirisascending
TheRepatformerlyknownasosirisascending

You're being obtuse. At the very least, if you think Mighty Taco is Mexican food, and continue to insist it is, even when it isn't, you are more than welcome to remain willfully ignorant.

Jaxson
Jaxson

And I always thought tacos were Mexican food, shows what I know.

Wish I could get a Mighty down here.

TheRepatformerlyknownasosirisascending
TheRepatformerlyknownasosirisascending

Calling Cozumel and Cantina Loco "Mexican" is insulting to Mexicans.

I just spent the last few years living in a city with a large and vibrant Mexican population, and I can guarantee that there is no "authentic" Mexican food being served in this city.

No... Grandma Mora's is not, and never has been authentic Mexican.

I cringe at the number of people locally who refer to Mighty Taco as a "Mexican Restaurant".

We don't have it here people. I learned how to cook quite a bit of Mexican cuisine during my years away from Buffalo... We're looking into a couple of commercial spaces for just that purpose.

TheRepatformerlyknownasosirisascending
TheRepatformerlyknownasosirisascending

Calling Cozumel and Cantina Loco "Mexican" is insulting to Mexicans.

I just spent the last few years living in a city with a large and vibrant Mexican population, and I can guarantee that there is no "authentic" Mexican food being served in this city.

No... Grandma Mora's is not, and never has been authentic Mexican.

I cringe at the number of people locally who refer to Mighty Taco as a "Mexican Restaurant".

We don't have it here people. I learned how to cook quite a bit of Mexican cuisine during my years away from Buffalo... We're looking into a couple of commercial spaces for just that purpose.

benfranklin
benfranklin

For what it's worth, I thought K. Gallagher had good food at reasonable prices for a long time. I think it was the Diplomat before, but that might be 10 plus years ago.

Anyways, I know there's a tendency to bury the dead quickly on this site, but they deserve something for lasting on Allen for so long.

benfranklin
benfranklin

For what it's worth, I thought K. Gallagher had good food at reasonable prices for a long time. I think it was the Diplomat before, but that might be 10 plus years ago.

Anyways, I know there's a tendency to bury the dead quickly on this site, but they deserve something for lasting on Allen for so long.

LouisTully
LouisTully

I've gone by several times and don't even think to look. But I've been told by several people that know the owner(s) that it closed; it has been for sale for a while now. Aside from Cinco de Mayo and the Mick parade it's dead. I agree. Its success should be a no-brainer.

LouisTully
LouisTully

I've gone by several times and don't even think to look. But I've been told by several people that know the owner(s) that it closed; it has been for sale for a while now. Aside from Cinco de Mayo and the Mick parade it's dead. I agree. Its success should be a no-brainer.

elmdog
elmdog

Cozumel closed? I did not know that... I drive by daily and haven't noticed......That is a prime location for a great restaurant...

elmdog
elmdog

Cozumel closed? I did not know that... I drive by daily and haven't noticed......That is a prime location for a great restaurant...

LouisTully
LouisTully

2. Cozumel closed. Unless you're referring to something else.

elmdog
elmdog

As the medical campus grows, so will Allen street....This might be the perfect time to invest....Lets see if we can handle 3 mexican restaurants in a .5 radius....

Haley
Haley

I'm glad to see that Cantina Loca will have some competition. They've been such hot shots that they've let their service slip to a dismal level. Good luck and welcome to Allentown Don Tequila!

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