Tonawanda, NY

The Unmatched Authenticity of Acapulco Mexican Restaurant

J.M. Lesinski

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A shot of the front entrance of Acapulco Mexican Restaurant in Tonawanda, New York.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

The ingenuity of Mexican cuisine and immense popularity of tortilla dishes like the taco make them the ideal summer dinner treat. For truly authentic Mexican in Tonawanda, New York, everybody knows that Acapulco Mexican Restaurant cannot be beat.

The authenticity of the cuisine at Acapulco becomes apparent within the first glance of the menu. The tacos, or Tacos Mexicanos, come traditional style, also commonly referred to as street style or food truck style, in a variety of meat options available for most dishes on the menu on whole, like asada (steak), pollo (chicken), molida (ground beef), chorizo (Mexican sausage), carnitas (fried pork), veggie chorizo, fish tilapia, shrimp, tongue, tripe, rib eye steak, Cecina dry salted steak, and al pastor (marinated pork with pineapple and onion) just to name a few.

The campe chanos, or steak and chorizo, taco is a highlight for the sheer flavor of the dish. The same goes for the barbacoa, or beef brisket marinated with Mexican spices, and the zesty homestyle flavor of the taco. For those not a fan of street style, flour tortillas are available for fifty cents extra, as are the premium ingredients of sour cream and shredded cheese.

Fajitas are the way to go at Acapulco for the maximum flavor seekers. Mountainous dishes like the Fajitas Texanas with shrimp, steak, chicken, onion, tomato, and bell peppers are a feast for the eyes and stomach alike. Likewise, the Fajitas Acapulco features chicken breast topped with melted cheese and bacon crumbles for a melted savory plate, and the Fajitas Cancun comes with grilled shrimp and scallops for a mouth-watering seafood fajita.

For those on date night or just out with a friend, the Cazuelada Dinner for Two fajitas are the way to go, featuring steak, chicken, shrimp, and chorizo with onion, tomato, peppers, rice, beans, and guacamole salad on the side. One should also know, all fajitas come with rice, beans, and a salad, a trifecta of sides that is rarely seen elsewhere. Rice and beans, maybe, but a salad as well is unheard of in today’s stingy economy.

Burritos at Acapulco are massive creations. The Burrito California comes stacked with rice, black beans, sour cream, cheese, and choice of protein between grilled chicken, carne asada, or grilled chicken and chorizo, while the Burrito El Rancho features carnitas, rice, and beans topped with house special Ranchera sauce. The Jumbo Burrito is similar to the Burrito California, with only rice, beans, and choice of ground beef or shredded chicken for those with a pickier or developing pallet.

Fans of BBQ will love the Burrito BBQ with pulled pork, while those who cannot decide do not have to with the Burrito Deluxe, featuring two burritos – one chicken and one ground beef (both with red sauce). The Burrito Acapulco features grilled shrimp, refried beans, and sauteed veggies in house cheese sauce, while the Burrito El Paso comes with rice, beans, pico de gallo, guacamole, and choice of chicken or steak.

The Burrito Fajita features choice of grilled steak or chicken with a guacamole salad, while the Burrito Fajita with Shrimp adds on two dollars, but also includes tomato, bell peppers, onions, white cheese, rice, and a tossed salad. The Super Burrito follows suite with two sauces, cheese and special burrito, as well as refried beans, sauteed veggies, and choice of sirloin steak or grilled chicken.

Enchiladas are everything one comes to expect of the iconic dish at Acapulco. The Enchiladas Acapulco features red mole sauce, the Enchiladas Suizas green tomatillo and Mexican parmesan, and the Enchiladas de Mole a mole sauce and pico de gallo salad. The Enchiladas Verdes and Enchiladas Tapatias also features a delicious salsa verde, while the Enchiladas Rancheras comes with bean, cheese, chicken, beef, sauce cheese, and sour cream.

Acapulco is also one of the few area restaurants to offer parrilladas. The Carne Asada comes with rice, beans, jalapeno, onion, and avocado salad, while the Carnitas Dinner comes with sauteed onion, guacamole salad, beans, and rice. The Mar Y Tierra is a juicy T-bone steak with shrimp, jalapeno, and onions with a side of rice, while the Steak Con Papas is also a T-bone with French fries and salad on the side.

The Molcajete features steak, shrimp, chicken, chorizo, nopales, rice, beans, and ranchera sauce all served in a volcano rock, while the Chuletas Mexicanas highlights two pork chops topped with tomatillo sauce. The Chile Poblano comes stuffed with cheese and red salsa, while the Chile Verde features carnitas in green sauce.

The Chuletas a La Mexicana brings the pork chops back with onions, tomato, and bell peppers, while the Carnitas Fiesta comes with rice, onions, beans, and nopales. The Steak Ranchero likewise brings the T-bone back for one more option featuring ranchera sauce on top, while the Beto comes with carne asada, chicken breast, chorizo, and onions.

Tortas are an excellent offering from the menu at Acapulco as well, available in asada, pollo, carnitas, al pastor, Cecina, or rib eye options. The most flaunted of the tortas is the Torta Mexicana, which features the signature crunchy bread alongside chopped steak, lettuce, tomato, jalapeno, avocado, and melted cheeses.

Quesadillas come in large or small options at Acapulco with chicken, steak, and shrimp the main protein offerings. The quesadilla rellena chicken features chicken stuffing with rice, a crema salad, and guacamole for a lighter dish, while the quesadillas fajitas offers a unique hybrid dish utilizing the methods of preparation for a fajita with the presentation of a quesadilla.

There are also a number of amazing chicken dishes on Acapulco’s menu in the Pollos Locos section. The Choripollo features chorizo and queso over a grilled chicken breast, while the Pollo Poblano features the same breast with poblano peppers and a homemade poblano sauce. The Arroz Con Pollo comes grilled with rice, beans, and tortillas, while the Mole Ranchero features shredded chicken breast, mole sauce, rice, and a salad.

The Pollo Con Crema features grilled chicken strips in a sour cream cheese sauce, while the El Beto comes with carne asada, chorizo, and onions over a juicy grilled chicken breast. One of the must-tries though is the Pollo Osin, which features mushrooms and onion over the same chicken breast all topped in a divine cheese sauce.

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