Warm up to Don Tequila

Last night my wife and I were treated to sensational authentic Mexican cuisine in Allentown. We had been anticipating the opening of Don Tequila Mexican Taqueria (learn more) for quite some time, and our expectations were high. When we walked in we were greeted by the owner Sergio Mucino who promptly sat us at the bar. As we talked to him about his restaurant, I repeatedly complimented him on the drastic transformation that the interior had undergone. The room was filled with vibrant colors and lighting, with tastefully done Mexican decor, wood floors and table/booth seating. 

I asked Sergio where he was originally from and he told me that he was from Acapulco. Then I asked him where his cooks and his staff were from. He answered, “Mexico”. He then told me that he had brought in most of his staff from his other restaurant in Pittsburgh, and the easy transition had helped him to get the restaurant up to working order quickly. As Sergio talked, he never stopped working. He was either cleaning the bar, greeting customers, checking on tables, making margaritas, or running the food. We were the lucky recipients of a basket of warm and crisp, fresh tortilla chips, a carafe of house made salsa, and a bowl of bright and flavorful guacamole – all of which were outstanding… and the chips and salsa were free.
As we munched away on the chips and salsa with guac, we ordered a couple of beers – Pacifico for my wife and Tecate for me. We also indulged in a flight of tequila featuring a tequila blanco, tequila reposado, and tequila añejo. What a great way to start off the night. 
Next we perused the menu, in search of the best offerings to compliment our depleting drinks and chips. We wanted to experience a wide range of menu items (and there were many), but more importantly we were both famished and were looking for filling dishes as well. First off, seeing as the menu was so extensive (even for pescetarians), we enlisted the help of Sergio to guide us. We asked him to choose a bean burrito full of veggies and spicy goodness. Then, we decided on a sizzling plate full of build-your-own shrimp fajitas. We also special ordered a side of hot sauce listed on a different shrimp item, and Sergio accommodated our request. The fact that everything was so easily customizable, regardless of our dietary needs, the staff went beyond the call of duty to make sure that we got exactly what we wanted. That was a big bonus, that will go a long way in the future. 
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As for the food experience, there was an overabundance of fresh vegetables, that can tend to be an afterthought at some Mexican restaurants. Furthermore, nothing was oily, bland or overdone – seeing such a big menu we were worried at first that there was too many offerings to manage quality control properly, but that was certainly not the case at Don Tequila. In fact, we’re contemplating heading back there again tonight, before word gets out that the food is 100% authentic, the atmosphere is charming (complete with Mexican music), and the staff is efficient and attentive. 
I have a feeling that this restaurant is going to be around for a long, long time. I am happy for Allentown for landing another quality restaurant that will only help to “rise the tide and float all boats”. Do yourself a favor and get into Don Tequila as soon as you can. The mouth watering experience was way beyond our expectations. 
Don Tequila – Facebook
73 Allen Street
Buffalo, NY
(716) 562-6224
Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner (dinner until 11:30pm)

About the author  ⁄ queenseyes

Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Catalyst behind the Pierce-Arrow Film Arts Center. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette. Themed New Years mayhem at various locations. Next up: Porchfest... Also offers package tours of the city for groups or individuals. Contact Newell Nussbaumer | Newell@BuffaloRising.com

25 comments
benfranklin
benfranklin

Went in on Sunday (glad they were open). First impression is they seem to know what they're doing. Lots of staff, greeted at the door... food was to go (so didn't have a drink), but it was good.

SBuffaloBoy
SBuffaloBoy

I live right down the street and checked this out the Tuesday after this write-up was posted. It was empty when I walked by that Monday and packed when my roommates and I went to get dinner the next dinner. Fast service, good food and really cheap prices. It won't be my go-to but I'll definitely stop in every once and a while.

soulfulging
soulfulging

I saw this place open on wednesday walking to rick's but wasn't sure what it was since I didn't see any sign out front. Shoulda just popped into to look, didn't have time though, now I'll go check it out.

The Boss
The Boss

Food was really good, Margarita's not so much....gallon jugs of sugar loaded pre-mix, come on folks

QueenNeen
QueenNeen

Just paid with my credit card. Mystery solved.

The Boss
The Boss

It is not just the 1.5%, CC also track your sales more exact as well as servers tips.

BuffaloBobZ
BuffaloBobZ

Ben is correct, they took credit cards in OP, i would also bet theyll accept them sooner rather than later.

benfranklin
benfranklin

When they were in OP, they took credit cards. Most likely this is a start up issue that will be resolved soon.

LouisTully
LouisTully

It isn't that strange, right? There's a bunch of places that do it. At least they make it known it's cash only! I went to Viking Lobster Company a few weeks ago and found out when the check came that it was cash only. I suspected it would be so I had cash; but before I left the house I even checked their website and found nothing. Never said anything when making reservations either.

I digress. I agree with brownteeth. I understand why a place would do it; but why push away a customer. Not to mention, if you only take cash and have an ATM for customer's 'convenience', isn't that a sheistier move since you're gonna make even more money off the ATM fees?

brownteeth
brownteeth

Yeah, I probably won't go there often if its cash only, I never have cash on me and always use my bank card. I don't understand the no credit card thing, wouldn't you rather lose the 1.5% fee rather than lose 100% revenue?

elmdog
elmdog

someone needs to let off some anxious hostile energy..

LouisTully
LouisTully

I'll thumbs down myself because I'm a big critic of misspelling and poor grammar.

GinghamQuaker
GinghamQuaker

In fairness, they aren't at the BuffaloEats level of awful.

Haley
Haley

I am shocked that a website as notoriously pretentious as Buffalo Rising has such little regard for sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, and coherent thought. You're right Louis, a new blog is in order.

rb09
rb09

Per their Facebook page... CASH ONLY

Strange.

LouisTully
LouisTully

Oh my f-ing gawd. The critics are multiplying like the weeds outside. Start your own blog so we don't have to be subjected to this inferior, doodoo website!

GinghamQuaker
GinghamQuaker

The sombreros hanging from the ceiling won me over. I'm in.

GyBeav
GyBeav

You mean you didn't want to keep reading to see more pictures of an empty restaurant??? God forbid you take pictures of the food. If those pictures of this sensational, overabundantly delicious, vibrant Mexican restaurant don't make you rush over there I'm not sure what will.

You guys need to stop with these restaurant write ups. Seriously they are embarrassing.

PaulBuffalo
PaulBuffalo

Haley, I think the best was saved for last (although I have to say that I didn't expect such risqué commentary on BRO).

Do yourself a favor and get into Don Tequila as soon as you can. The mouth watering experience was way beyond our expectations.

Haley
Haley

I'm not surprised that there is confusion about what the sentences mean. This article is so poorly written; the only reason I kept reading was to watch it get worse.

brownteeth
brownteeth

So is this officially the taco district?

jamesonbeckwith
jamesonbeckwith

this just makes me miss k. gallagher's more, but i'll give it a try as i heard the o.p. location was good and i hope that $2 tuesday for margaritas is more than a rumor. any news on when the alley cat will be opening it's doors?

BuffaloBobZ
BuffaloBobZ

Hahaha, i think he meant that it was an overabundance here (As a good thing) and that at other mexican restaurants there arent enough (which is bad)...hence the veggies at otherplaces being an afterthought.

Its a little clunky put i was pickin up what he's puttin down!

PaulBuffalo
PaulBuffalo

... there was an overabundance of fresh vegetables, that can tend to be an afterthought at some Mexican restaurants.

Damn those restaurants that serve too many fresh vegetables.

BuffaloBobZ
BuffaloBobZ

I own my home in Allentown but work in O.P. Don tequillas was open on Buffalo st right around the corner and it was my absolute favorite place in OP. The food was ALWAYS fresh, the servers prompt, and the atmosphere terrific. Its a shame it burned down, but terrific it (re)opened on Allen.

Quick question Queenseyes: Do you know if they are still going to have $2 Margarita Tuesday? Theyre so good it almost makes tuesday the best weekday around, haha.

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