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Aguacates Mexican Bar & Grill

A few days ago, my wife and I were looking to hit up a restaurant close to home, as we were in a hurry. We chose Aguacates, a place where that neither of us had eaten. First things first, Aguacates has a great street presence. The restaurant features a patio on the sunny side of the street (in the afternoon), and an overall bright, colorful, enticing appearance.

On this particular day, we decided to sit inside, at the bar. It turned out to be a good call, because the bartender was super chatty and made sure that we were well attended to throughout the meal. He also pointed out the tequila selection, which he was very proud of (the menu lists over a dozen tequila shots). By the way, going into this meal, we had not heard much, either way, about the food. The restaurant was surprisingly off of our radar. That said, we had no expectations.

Upon sitting down, a basket of tortilla chips and a bowl of salsa was set in front of us, for free. The chips were fresh and warm, and we both liked the salsa. Off to a good start. After munching away and perusing the gigantic menu, which was no easy task, we ordered our food.

Since I was in a lunch/breakfast mood, I ordered the huevos rancheros. My wife ordered a beef taco and chicken enchilada combo plate. After ordering, we took a couple of sips of our Mexican beers, while listening to the lively authentic Mexican music. Then, within five minutes, our food appeared. It was the fastest service that we had ever experienced. We both looked at each other, wondering how it was even possible.

My huevos rancheros was presented on a dish accompanied by a couple of large, soft tortilla shells. I scooped up the ingredients, loaded them onto a shell, and added salsa, and El Yucateco (green chile habanero hot sauce) on top. To me, it was just the right mix of perfectly prepared eggs, rice, beans and ranchero sauce. The El Yucateco brought the exact amount of heat to the dish that I was hoping for.

(L) Huevos rancheros | (R) Beef taco and chicken enchilada combo

My wife also liked her two selection, and commented that it was not greasy at all. She noted that they were pretty basic dishes, done very well. We’re not talking about gourmet Mexican food here, rather this is hearty, well prepared meals, served up fast, at a ‘beyond reasonable’ price.

Aguacates is a great addition to Elmwood Avenue, and should do very well considering its awesome location, its zesty appearance, and its surprisingly good food. There’s even a kids’ menu.

Grab a full meal at the bar with a pink Cadillac margarita, or order a bucket of beer and sit on the patio with some chips and salsa, and watch all of the activity on the street – whatever your pleasure, Aguacates is set up to accommodate.

Aguacates Mexican Bar & Grill | 765 Elmwood Avenue | Buffalo, New York, NY 14222 | (716) 259-8205 | FacebookMenu

Written by 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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  • Sabres00

    The reason it’s off your radar is because it’s horrible. I’ve been there twice, most recently last week. I know Agave was more of an Americanized Mexican joint, but their food was far superior. Aguacate’s chips taste like they are straight out of the bag, and the food I had was so bland and dry that I needed to use hot sauce to make it eatable. The only good thing about this place is the awning in the front.

  • Ivan Putski Jr

    is there such a thing as gourmet mexican ?

    • Buffaloexpat

      Yeah but you’ll only find it in real cities. Rick Bayless is probably the most visible cooking gourmet mexican in the states. If you want decent cheap Mexican you need to go out to medina to eat at mariachi de oro. Everything in the 716 is bleh with the exception of la galera in the falls

      • PaulBuffalo

        Real cities? Don’t know what that means. Rick Bayless is the most visible? There is so much excellent Mexican food — gourmet and otherwise — in cities across the United States made by actual Mexican-Americans.

      • jonny99

        Real cities, yeah like here in Buffalo on Rhode Island Street….. Las Puertas

      • nick
      • Sabres00

        You lose credibility if you think La Galera is any good, it’s on par with the crap at Aguacate. LaDivina, Casa Azul, Hali Boyz, Lonestar, DST and even Lloyd are far superior.

    • Sabres00

      I guess The Yellow Jaguar (Not a strip club) is supposed to be starting a gourmet Mexican menu soon.