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Cheektowaga taqueria aims to offer authentic Mexican flavors

A Mexican cook is opening a Genesee Street taqueria with the goal of bringing authentic Mexican flavors to Cheektowaga.

Jorge Anguiano, who worked at Niagara Falls' La Galera restaurant for 10 years, said he wanted something more in his own place. "I want to do something really authentic, like a small hole-in-the-wall kind of place you would find in California or Mexico," he said.

He is currently turning 3525 Genesee St., formerly Eat Rite Foods, into Taqueria Los Mayas. He hopes to open April 20, if all goes well, or by May 5, At least.

There have been a lot of new taqueria options opening in the area recently, but the search for authentic flavors continues, he noted. "Anybody can take a tortilla and put meat in it," Anguiano said. "That doesn't mean it's authentic."

He'll be applying for a beer and wine license, but does not expect to serve liquor. The place will seat about 20. Once he's established, he said, he'd like to offer taquizas, which are "Mexican taco parties," he said. "You go to someone's house and cook for them."

Besides tacos, he expects to offer tortas, the Mexican sandwiches, plus sopes and huaraches, which are varieties of topped corn platforms.

Other dishes he expects to offer are charro beans, simmered with bacon and chiles, a pork and hominy stew called pozole, and beverages like horchata, a sort of rice shake. "I want to offer a tripe and chorizo taco," he said. "That's what my mom made, and I loved it."

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