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Thursday morning, the owners of Lloyd Taco issued an apology for serving lunch to employees of the federal detention center in Batavia, which has held undocumented immigrants. Late Thursday, the owner of Deep South Taco took to Facebook to remind the public that members of law enforcement, active-duty military, homeland security and first responders "always" get 35% off…

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Confession: I’m a suburbanite, but when my downtown-working brother tipped me off to a hot little spot that wasn’t getting much press, but was killing it with cheap prices and superb food, I knew I had to visit.  I’m glad I did. Pete’s Place Food Shop, which opened in March 2018, is buried within the first floor of the Swan Tower downtown. To find it, follow your nos…

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The space and equipment used for Hali Boyz Mexican is for sale, in anticipation of its March 30 closure. Malak Mazeh and his brother Nour opened the halal taco spot at 388 Amherst St. in May 2017, after extensive upgrades on the building. In a Facebook statement March 12, they announced it was for sale, for $48,000 or best offer, for the lease and contents. Holi Boyz…

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Briana Rose Hunter, owner of Breezy Burrito Co. in EXPO Market food hall, has announced she will take over 1000 Elmwood Ave. for her first stand-alone location, to be called Breezy Burrito Bar. Hunter founded the business in January 2017, when her fast-casual Mexican-American concept became part of the second wave of vendors to open inside EXPO. The location in the down…

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A basic “TACOS” sign marks Left Coast Taco in an offbeat East Aurora plaza. It disguises what's really going on inside. Owned by chef/San Diego native Nathan Root and his wife, Chelsea, a Western New Yorker, the two met in Los Angeles and settled here, SoCal taco traditions in tow. Root claims his tacos aren't fancy and align with taco stands of his “left coast.” The…

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National Taco Day is upon us again. (I know, how did another year go by already?) If you're not already busy working your way through News Food Editor Andrew Galarneau's tour of Buffalo's taco turnaround, there are local and national chains offering deals for the annual celebration of the Mexican treat. [Related: Mexican taco finder map of the Buffalo area] Her…

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A small Southtowns takeout-focused restaurant will expand its presence into downtown Buffalo. Southern California-inspired East Aurora restaurant Left Coast Taco will begin serving at concert venue Buffalo Iron Works, at 49 Illinois St., beginning with the Workingman's Dead show Aug. 2. Initially, Left Coast's food will be available at concerts and venue events only,…

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Bills fans will be able to pick Lloyd Taco as their game-time meal this season at New Era Field. The Buffalo-born Mexican-inspired eats operation will be feeding fans this season, from about 10 stadium sites. In addition to preseason and regular season home games, Lloyd will be served at a concert and a special event of some sort, said Lloyd co-founder Peter Cimino. …

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For eaters who calibrated their Mexican cuisine meters in Mexico, Los Angeles and Austin, Buffalo was a vale of sorrow for most of my life. That's changed. There's still plenty of room for improvements, but at least there's places to get tacos that don't automatically come with lettuce and shredded cheese. Legitimate Mexican tacos on fresh corn tortillas, the sandwic…

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Lloyd Taco Cuisine: New American tacos, burritos and snacks made with antibiotic- and hormone-free beef, pork and chicken, and organic beans. Owner: Pete Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo Price range: $4-$10 Established: 2010 Dishes to try: Tricked-out nachos (corn chips, queso, roja sauce, crema, jalapeños, pickled red onions, topped with your choice of protein), $7.…

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Malak Mazeh had spent enough time managing chain restaurants. Born in East Los Angeles, he wanted a restaurant that reflected his roots and his Muslim faith, but also a new city that had slowly won him over. After his older brother married a Buffalonian, Mazeh spent three years in Buffalo before moving back to Los Angeles in 2015. Knowing he'd have the financial support…

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Mighty Taco. Lloyd. Cantina Loco. Salsarita’s. La Tolteca. Think you’ve tasted all the best Mexican in Western New York? Think again. La Divina Mexican Store opened quietly in Kenmore earlier this year, a family-run grocery store with a small lunch counter on the side. But word spread quickly about the fresh corn tortillas, authentic ingredients and speedy service and soo…

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Reality television it wasn’t. Months after Lloyd Taco Factory’s owners accepted a deal for 25 percent of their company with television cameras watching, they changed their minds and exercised their right to turn it down, Peter Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo said. The Lloyd owners decided to get a bank loan instead. That decision, construction delays and the decision to start …

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Squabbles over authenticity aside, there's an avalanche of Mexican restaurants in Western New York -- perhaps more than ever. For a new downtown eatery like Deep South Taco, which opened at 291 Ellicott St. on Thursday, the competition is thick. There's quick and affordable -- think Moe's, Chipotle, Salsarita's; locally owned spots -- like Don Tequila, Agave and Cantina L…

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Deep South Taco has pushed its opening back to Thursday. Initially to open Sunday, the restaurant posted an apology to its Facebook page instead, and pointed to a Thursday opening. "We had every intention of having our official opening today for the public. That obviously did not happen and for that we would like to apologize," the message said, citing the non-arrival of…