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Top Buffalo chef plans Mexican restaurant in Allentown

One of Buffalo's top chefs is bringing his version of blue-collar Mexican food to Buffalo.

Mike Andrzejewski of SeaBar wants to have Cantina Loco open by this summer, at the corner of Allen Street and Elmwood Avenue. The building, 191 Allen St., formerly housed Steel Crazy Cafe.

People can look forward to "a neighborhood joint with food cooks like to eat," Andrzejewski said. "Not fancy, but concentrating on really good ingredients," like his favorite corn tortillas, imported from Texas. (He already uses them in the pork enchiladas appetizer at SeaBar.)

Pork tacos, enchiladas, nachos and more dishes are on their way. He won't set the menu until he returns from research trips to Chicago and Texas, Andrzejewski said.

But will the Polish chef from Buffalo call his Mexican food "authentic"?

"No, I really hate to use that term, because I don't have that background," he said. "We're going to be using really good ingredients and making it taste as good as we can - and make it affordable so people can come a couple times a week."

The liquor license application for a full bar is under way, Andrzejewski said. His partner in Cantina Loco will be Kyle Mackiewicz, an Allentown property manager whose family owns the building. The place could be open by June if all goes smoothly, Andrzejewski said, but "you never know."

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