At the intersection of Seneca and Cazenovia in South Buffalo, a once abandoned Shea’s Seneca Theater has been given new life. Currently serving as a mixed-use structure, open now are an event space, Bottle Rocket Beer Reserve, a florist, and Cantina 62. In the works are loft-style apartments and a second Public Espresso location! Having recently bought a house in South Buffalo, I am thrilled that this building is around the corner from me.
You might recognize the name Cantina 62, and it would be because they previously had a location on the corner of Ridge Road and South Park Avenue in Lackawanna. Having eaten a fantastic brunch there in… 2015? (oh god haha)… I was excited to return to their new location, especially because it is *walking distance* from my new digs!
Cantina 62 offers a breakfast/brunch menu as well as a lunch/dinner menu, both of which offer a plethora of options. From beet bowl to southern BBQ nachos to mac n cheese to churros, you can get as tex mex as you want, or go classic Mexican with a barbacoa beef taco or the like.
We opted for the breakfast nachos to share and the more lunch-based options for our entrees. The breakfast nachos consist of chorizo, egg, beans, queso, sour cream, and jalapeño and had a perfect distribution of toppings – not too much to make for a soggy chip but just enough to disperse the flavors accordingly.
There was no way we were passing up the Nachorrito – yes, a burrito full of spanish rice, beef, and sofrito atop chips and smothered in enchilada sauce and sour cream. A true ode to the gluttonous nature of us Buffalonians with a tasty twist. I should mention how oversized this burrito is – very. Expect multiple meals out of it.
I got the cilantro shrimp and spicy potato and corn tacos because #tacosarelife. The tacos had what all tacos aspire to have – balance. Flavorful base ingredients with complementary spices and add-ins that didn’t mask any of the other flavors.
Cantina 62 leapt into the heart of South Buffalo, and it’s a breath of fresh air to the once stagnant brunch scene here. It’s amazing what a cerveza and a plate of huevos rancheros can do for the soul. <3
Location: 2178 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY 14210
Hours: Monday & Tuesday 10am-10pm; Wednesday & Thursday 8am-10pm; Friday & Saturday 8am-12am; Sunday 8am-10pm