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Jan 28, 2009 01:31 PM

Good Mexican in Cincinnati

Anyone have any recommendations for good Mexican in Cincinnati?

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  1. My go-to place has always been El Rancho Grande in Sharonville. Yes, it's a (I think) chain and yes it serves typical Tex-Mex standard issue food. BUT, they get the food out in about 5 minutes, it's cheap and the beer is cold.

    I like Cactus Pear (which has locations in Blue Ash and Clifton), but kinda pricey for what you get.

    It's been many, many years since I've been to Slyvia's in Newport, KY (is it still open), but I've never had a bad meal there.

    1. There's a place on Route 4, about 1 or 2 miles south of Jungle Jim's, on the opposite side of the street, which has a tacqueria and bar on one side, and a Mexican bakery on the other side. We stopped there a couple years ago on a road trip to JJs, and we were the only gringos in the place, and it was good....sorry I don't have more info, perhaps local hounds will remember the name!

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      1. re: Niki in Dayton

        Taqueria Mercado. I loved it, hubby not so much, so I've only been once. I had a shrimp concoction with long and slow-cooked onions.

        1. re: Emm

          Never been to Mercado, but Taqueria Paisano's in Hamilton (High St.) is excellent. It's a dive, but appears to be clean. Be sure to get the tacos "Spanish style, " i.e., with cilantro and lime. Sometimes, they will assume that an Anglo wants tacos American style, i.e., with lettuce and cheese.

          Taqueria Paisano's
          747 High St, Hamilton, OH 45011

      2. It's actually in Northern Ky, but I've always liked:

        Montoya's Mexican Restaurant
        2507 Chelsea Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY

        1. Avoid Margarita's. I've also been to Los Portales, and while I didn't like it, I keep hearing back from friends that they think it's good, so I might try it again. My favorite is a hole in the wall in Newport, La Mexicana. I usually get tacos, and while they have the usual asada, pork and chicken, they also have goat, tongue and tripe. I go about once a month with a friend who grew up in San Diego, and he thinks it's the best he's found in Cincinnati.

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          1. re: johnbycz

            I'll third La Mexicana :) and speaking of places in NKY, have you heard of TAQUERIA CRUZ? It is located at 518 Pike Street in Covington, KY pretty close to Mainstrasse. Its kind of a hole in the wall place next to a laundry mat, but the food is good and authentic.

            Here is a link to a review (you will have to scroll down a little to find it) :

          2. I'll second La Mexicana. Try the goat meat tacos. Here's a link to a review with more details:

            You might also want to try Taqueria, which although I have not been to, its been put on my "to-visit" list via this review I found: