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Lloyd Taco Factory

Lloyd Taco Factory is coming along swimmingly on Hertel Avenue. Signs of life are readily apparent with fresh new signage going up. The iconic green Lloyd logo sits high above a set of garage doors that will open to the street when the weather warms up again. According to the Lloyd Facebook page, the taco slingers say that they have not announced a specific opening date, simply stating, “It’ll be soon, no definite dates yet, but it’ll be here before you know it!”

The Hertel location will be Lloyd’s first brick and mortar restaurant location. They do have a second location on Elmwood Avenue, though at this time they are using it as a prep kitchen. Word is that if all goes according to plan, the Elmwood location could someday become a full fledge restaurant.

In the meantime, North Buffalo is gearing up for some taco madness. Ever since hitting the street with its mobile taco fleet, the food truck operators have garnered a cult following. Lloyd was the food truck in Buffalo – a designation that gives them some serious clout. Not to mention their culinary offerings that, at the time, brought Mexican food to all corners of the city, with relatively little competition.

It’s interesting to see the forerunner of Buffalo food trucks banking on a permanent location. It just goes to show you that food trucks can also be viewed as roaming restaurant incubators. I’m sure that there will be a number of other freewheeling operations looking to see how Lloyd fares once open. No doubt, Hertel residents will do their part to ensure that Lloyd is successful, just judging by the buzz on the street.

Lloyd Taco Factory | 1503 Hertel Avenue

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Written by queenseyes

queenseyes

Newell Nussbaumer is ‘queenseyes’ – Eyes of the Queen City and 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. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • foreverbflo

    Getting too “commercial” it seems.  
    Used to be down-home – as they themselves say: “Street Food on the Edge”….delicious….. Now, seems they focus so much on the production, efficiency and the all-powerful profits; and have slightly missed the target on sustaining quality and service to a degree. Just saying. Still like them and wait in their line at Larkin. Been buying from them before y’alls had poop in y’alls diapers and spittle in y’alls bibs. 
    Yessir.

  • foreverbflo I think this store is a great idea, because in a store, I have time to think about what I want to order instead of feel rushed by a long line behind me. Lloyd (and other food trucks) have limitations when they don’t employ the Subway-style format. At least with that format you have the opportunity to digest options.

  • OldFirstWard

    What size shells do they use.  Are the burritos bigger and better than Chipotle?

  • They don’t have a “cult following” they are a part of Buffalo culture.  These dudes bust their butts.  I have always had a positive experience at all the trucks no matter the time of day/night.
    You can be commercial just as long as you are authentic.  They came up with a unique idea with a unique flavor in an inhospitable business environment (in the beginning).  They deserve all they get.  It is the American way.  Small business owners growing.  What is wrong with that!?
    These guys are going to be mega, get ready, it is only the beginning!  Can’t wait to check it out and enjoy a beverage along with my burrito!

  • deleted_69821737_iloveagoodnap

    While I personally find Lloyds to be overrated (blasphemous, I know) I do have the utmost respect for the hard work and smart business sense these guys posess. My feeling on the food itself is purely one of preference but as far as their service and business model goes, they are a model of how it should be done. Best of luck to them for more continued success at their newest venture here.

  • OldFirstWard It’s around the same size actually, I had one.
    Like I said before, the experience at Lloyd is chaotic but rewarding. You have to request beans separate from the other ingredients as they consider it a “proteins” along with the meats.
    I personally do not like the style of ordering at this particular truck, but for what I get in return, it doesn’t bother me as much.

  • jaffryan

    deleted_69821737_iloveagoodnap same. food is decent, but the guys hustled right from the get-go and helped to remove some of our archaic laws against food trucks in Erie County. they do a great job on their marketing/promotion, and seem to be focused on nothing else besides serving as many people as possible. I think they’re on their 4th food truck? pretty impressive. I prefer BMFT, and there’s a few other Mexican spots I’d put above them in Buffalo, but I’ll have no problem stopping by this location and supporting these guys.

  • Captain Picard

    foreverbflo
    So they’re not supposed to be focused on profits? How do you suggest they pay their employees, themselves, their utilities, taxes, and myriad expenses? With good will and Buffalo Rising publicity?
    Every business strives to generate profit. That’s the only reason to be in business.

  • WorkAccount716

    OldFirstWard
    A year ago I used to switch back and forth between Lloyd and Chipotle.  I liked both.  For the past year I have been going to Lloyd all the time.  I think I like Lloyd’s consistency.  Sometimes when I would go to Chipotle for a burrito the size of the burrito and the amount of meat in it would depend on who was making it.  Lloyd’s is consistently a good size burrito.

  • ClassicView

    The two guys that own Lloyd’s were on a television show where they were to accept an investment from a third party (who were experienced investors) in exchange for 25% of the company. These people typically are sharks and want their ROI. For their own sake, I hope the guys that run Lloyd’s don’t get bounced from their own company.

  • NorthBuf

    I’m happy I can lift my lone wolf boycott since they started taking credit cards at their trucks. I’d routinely skip them because of that major flaw

  • jonny99

    Great guys, great product and service. These guys will do it right .

  • TV62

    By the way, it’s just “Lloyd Taco Truck.” Not “Lloyd’s.” Simply “lloyd.” Repeat: “lloyd.” That’s the way it is. Similarly, as long as I’ve brought up (not “brung”) correct usage: We say “regardless,” and not “irregardless.” Look it up. “Irregardless” is not a word. I”ll log off now and wait for written assaults.

  • JayDBuffalo

    TV62 You just shouldnt have logged on to begin with

  • paulbuffalo

    @TV62
    BR also has rampant lose/loose and apostrophe problems. Someone should take a stand but it’s not going to be me.

  • neverchange

    foreverbflo  I don’t see your point. Can you elaborate on how they’ve changed and how that has been evident in their product?
    When I walk up to the trucks, I still get the same good food and service as I saw in the beginning. I think the price of a taco has gone from $2.50 to $2.59 so I’m not seeing profits as being that “all-powerful”.

  • grovercleveland

    NorthBuf they have taken credit cards for more than a year

  • grovercleveland

    TV62 you seem fun

  • Rodney Copperbottom

    TV62 What have you been drinking to come up with this nonsensical rant? Is there a point to it? Nobody brought up ‘irregardless’. Nobody brought up Lloyd’s taco truck. It is about the Taco Factory brick & mortar. 
    Ugh, why am I wasting my fingers typing this?

  • Rodney Copperbottom

    For the most part, I like eating from Lloyd’s taco truck. They have some good offerings, especially the Mexican corn and their hot sauce. Tacos are fairly average, but good. I just wonder how much meals will wind up being, and if they’re planning on opening before or after Christmas.

  • Rodney Copperbottom

    For the most part, I like eating from Lloyd’s taco truck. They have some good offerings, especially the Mexican corn and their hot sauce. Tacos are fairly average, but good. I just wonder how much meals will wind up being, and if they’re planning on opening before or after Christmas.

  • WorkAccount716

    TV62
    Found the unemployed English major.

  • WorkAccount716

    TV62
    Found the unemployed English major.

  • Friends like these huh….  Why can’t we be excited about a Buffalo small business growing?  If this were a company that manufactured medical devices would the comments be different?

    What if they build this into a national brand, employ 1000 local people and occupy 3 stories in the new Seneca tower?  What would you have to say then?
    We spend millions attracting small business to the region, but when one succeeds without ANY local help, it’s like “ehhh their food is just ok.”  You guys are nuts!

    These dudes work hard.  They deserve success.  Get over it folks.

  • Friends like these huh….  Why can’t we be excited about a Buffalo small business growing?  If this were a company that manufactured medical devices would the comments be different?

    What if they build this into a national brand, employ 1000 local people and occupy 3 stories in the new Seneca tower?  What would you have to say then?
    We spend millions attracting small business to the region, but when one succeeds without ANY local help, it’s like “ehhh their food is just ok.”  You guys are nuts!

    These dudes work hard.  They deserve success.  Get over it folks.

  • grovercleveland

    foreverbflo you sound like the teenager with the chain wallet upset your band’s song made it on the radio

  • grovercleveland

    OldFirstWard I wouldn’t necessarily compare them, too much to chipotle. Lloyds menu changes significantly and they have more unique sauces and vegetable options that go with specific menu items. with chipotle, you literally choose each item from a set choice of options. both burritos are sizeable

  • hockeyhips83

    WorkAccount716 OldFirstWard their consistency is becoming inconsistent. I’ve found uncooked items in their food recently.

  • hockeyhips83

    TV62 wait what? no no, I’m pretty sure if i’m eating at lloyds, it’s lloyds.  the lloyds food is great to fill up on when excessively drunk. do you not like lloyds? how many lloyds items have you eaten? lloyds lloyds lloyds lloyds lloyds lloyds lloyds lloyds lloyds lloyds lloyds lloyds lloyds lloyds lloyds lloyds lloyds lloyds lloyds lloyds

  • North Park

    ClassicView I heard that the deal fell apart and the loss of capital is why the store has been so slow to open. A rumor certainly, but it seems like a reasonable justification.

  • North Park

    NorthBuf You are tilting at windmills friend. This isn’t 1985 where cards were only used for major purchases. The vast majority of all purchases are made using plastic, and the percentage is only growing.

  • North Park

    NorthBuf You are tilting at windmills friend. This isn’t 1985 where cards were only used for major purchases. The vast majority of all purchases are made using plastic, and the percentage is only growing.

  • jonny99

    Right foreverbflo, it would really suck if they ever became a Shack Shack, Burgerfi or Chipotle with a headquarters here and locations all over the country.

  • grovercleveland

    North Park NorthBuf Right. they accept cards and have for over a year, whats your point?

  • tommugunn

    Speaking of food trucks I will have to say O.G Wood fire truck has one of the best pizza napoletana in Buffalo.

  • tommugunn

    Speaking of food trucks I will have to say O.G Wood fire truck has one of the best pizza napoletana in Buffalo.

  • Dick Tumbleweed

    tommugunn it would be nice if he didn’t spend half of his time on social media bashing other pizzerias and calling them out for not being as good as his, or not “authentic” napoletana pizza. actually, most of his posts sound oddly similar to this.

  • Dick Tumbleweed

    tommugunn it would be nice if he didn’t spend half of his time on social media bashing other pizzerias and calling them out for not being as good as his, or not “authentic” napoletana pizza. actually, most of his posts sound oddly similar to this.

  • ClassicView

    North Park ClassicView Hopefully they can make it on their own. 100% local ownership would be the best if they can make it. Venture capitalists tend to be ruthless.

  • TheFacePuncher

    TV62 “Irregardless” is indeed a word. It’s just nonstandard.

  • Wise Profit

    My only comment is that I wish Lloyd’s had the option to use regular lettuce in their products rather than cabbage.
    Its honestly the only reason I don’t eat their food anymore unless it’s the only option.

  • Skiblink

    Blah, blah, blah… If. You. Don’t. Like. Lloyd’s… Don’t go. OR OR OR! 
    WAIT! 
    Log on to buffalo rising, and submit any comment that comes to your mind… including correcting peoples vocabulary, punctuation or even just random shit that comes to your head…

  • Wise Profit

    Skiblink Blah, blah, blah… If. You. Like.. Lloyd’s…. Enjoy. OR OR OR!
    WAIT!
    Log on to buffalo rising, and submit any comment that comes to your mind… including telling people their opinion doesn’t matter on an open forum or even just random stuff that comes to your head.

  • Wise Profit

    TV62 Sorry you’re so hurt by the article and subsequent comments.
    And I’ll call the place whatever I’d like. Just like Mickey D’s and the Golden Arches which, to many individuals who interact with the world around them, are acceptable substitutions for McDonalds.

  • Wise Profit

    TV62 Sorry you’re so hurt by the article and subsequent comments.
    And I’ll call the place whatever I’d like. Just like Mickey D’s and the Golden Arches which, to many individuals who interact with the world around them, are acceptable substitutions for McDonalds.

  • Skiblink

    Wise Profit Skiblink If spreading negativity and just general shitiness is your bag… go for it… spread those opinions.

  • Skiblink

    Wise Profit Skiblink If spreading negativity and just general shitiness is your bag… go for it… spread those opinions.

  • Dick Tumbleweed

    Skiblink …but it’s okay to log on to Buffalo Rising and complain about Chow Chocolate’s food AND customer service, right? Like, that’s the one exception, I would assume.

  • jaffryan

    Skiblink …but, it’s okay to log on to Buffalo Rising to complain about Chow Chocolate’s food AND customer service, right? That has to be the one exception, I would assume.

  • jaffryan

    Skiblink …but, it’s okay to log on to Buffalo Rising to complain about Chow Chocolate’s food AND customer service, right? That has to be the one exception, I would assume.

  • Skiblink

    jaffryan Skiblink Um… I don’t know if you have ever dealt with Chow Chocolate… whether it be on a personal or business level (I have both) but they are miserable people and don’t deserve anything… AND yes… anytime Chow Chocolate has a write up or any media attention, it is very acceptable to bash them on a public forum… for… they suck… Next time I am craving a chocolate bar, I’ll look to Mister Wonka. Or I will send you an email… ask what you recommend…
    Now get back to trolling and diving into peoples online history!

  • Skiblink

    jaffryan Skiblink Um… I don’t know if you have ever dealt with Chow Chocolate… whether it be on a personal or business level (I have both) but they are miserable people and don’t deserve anything… AND yes… anytime Chow Chocolate has a write up or any media attention, it is very acceptable to bash them on a public forum… for… they suck… Next time I am craving a chocolate bar, I’ll look to Mister Wonka. Or I will send you an email… ask what you recommend…
    Now get back to trolling and diving into peoples online history!

  • Skiblink

    jaffryan And how many accounts do you have!? Mister Tumbleweed? get a job.

  • Skiblink

    jaffryan And how many accounts do you have!? Mister Tumbleweed? get a job.

  • jaffryan

    Skiblink lol. diving into people’s online history? I clicked your name and read one of the ~15 comments you posted on this site. It took about 30 seconds, as long as you’re not incompetent when it comes to using a computer.  
    “I don’t know if you have ever dealt with Chow Chocolate… whether it be on a personal or business level…”

    I’ve actually dealt with them numerous times. They were located in my apartment building. Never had an issue with them at all.  

    “AND yes… anytime Chow Chocolate has a write up or any media attention, it is very acceptable to bash them on a public forum… for… they suck”
    So it’s okay if you personally think the business sucks, but if anyone else does, it’s not okay for them? Let me know if I’m misinterpreting your rules. Just want to be sure I’m clear on all of this.

  • jaffryan

    Skiblink lol. diving into people’s online history? I clicked your name and read one of the ~15 comments you posted on this site. It took about 30 seconds, as long as you’re not incompetent when it comes to using a computer.  
    “I don’t know if you have ever dealt with Chow Chocolate… whether it be on a personal or business level…”

    I’ve actually dealt with them numerous times. They were located in my apartment building. Never had an issue with them at all.  

    “AND yes… anytime Chow Chocolate has a write up or any media attention, it is very acceptable to bash them on a public forum… for… they suck”
    So it’s okay if you personally think the business sucks, but if anyone else does, it’s not okay for them? Let me know if I’m misinterpreting your rules. Just want to be sure I’m clear on all of this.

  • jaffryan

    Skiblink I’m actually working now, but on my lunch break. I had tacos. Not from Lloyd’s, though.

  • jaffryan

    Skiblink I’m actually working now, but on my lunch break. I had tacos. Not from Lloyd’s, though.

  • Wise Profit

    Skiblink Wise Profit So my comment was on the cabbage used by Lloyd’s. I don’t like it. Maybe some person from Lloyd’s will come on this thread and say “Gee, you know what, having regular lettuce as an option is easily manageable and is a good idea. Let’s try it out”.
    But I guess according to you that’s just “negativity” and “general shitiness”.
    Welcome to the world. Not everyone will agree with you on everything.

  • Wise Profit

    Skiblink Wise Profit So my comment was on the cabbage used by Lloyd’s. I don’t like it. Maybe some person from Lloyd’s will come on this thread and say “Gee, you know what, having regular lettuce as an option is easily manageable and is a good idea. Let’s try it out”.
    But I guess according to you that’s just “negativity” and “general shitiness”.
    Welcome to the world. Not everyone will agree with you on everything.

  • Skiblink

    jaffryan Your interpretation is correct. Chow doesn’t pay their bills and they are shitty people.

  • Skiblink

    jaffryan Your interpretation is correct. Chow doesn’t pay their bills and they are shitty people.

  • Wise Profit

    jaffryan Skiblink I don’t think you’ll win over Skiblink. He clearly has the “ME” mentality. The world is only as he sees it, nobody else can have an opinion on anything unless it conforms with his opinion. Classic.

  • Wise Profit

    jaffryan Skiblink I don’t think you’ll win over Skiblink. He clearly has the “ME” mentality. The world is only as he sees it, nobody else can have an opinion on anything unless it conforms with his opinion. Classic.

  • jaffryan

    Skiblink wow, that’s a pretty negative thing to say. Do you always spread this much negativity?
    Also, just so we’re clear, you are officially the only person who is allowed to complain on Buffalo Rising, right? I just think we should get these rules onto the website somewhere so that people are aware of this. It’s a pretty strict rule.

  • jaffryan

    Skiblink wow, that’s a pretty negative thing to say. Do you always spread this much negativity?
    Also, just so we’re clear, you are officially the only person who is allowed to complain on Buffalo Rising, right? I just think we should get these rules onto the website somewhere so that people are aware of this. It’s a pretty strict rule.

  • not to pile on lloyd, being a regular, loyal customer, but their place on elmwood looks kind of shabby.  the storefront still has the previous business’s sign and the windows are crudely papered over.

  • not to pile on lloyd, being a regular, loyal customer, but their place on elmwood looks kind of shabby.  the storefront still has the previous business’s sign and the windows are crudely papered over.