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Dec 19, 2010 08:40 AM

Most authentic Mexican in Cleveland?

Hi Fellow Chowhounders,

What are opinions about the best, most authentic Mexican restaurants in Cleveland?

Many thanks!

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  1. I don't know if we have any authentic Mexican restaurants in NE Ohio anymore. .Luchita's used to be great but not any more - not impressed with their food - they've become too chain-like. They make their food ahead & warm it up. There used to be a great Mexican restaurant in Highland Square of Akron - Two Amigos - but it doesn't exist anymore. We are pretty much stuck with Taco Bell or Chipotle. We are craving a great Mexican restaurant - it would be wonderful if we had one.

    1. Momocho in Ohio City does "Nuevo Latino" cuisine and is excellent.

      1835 Fulton Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113

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      1. re: NancyH

        I second the rec for Momocho. It's sort of like authentic but with a modern twist, but is not your typical mounds of cheddar cheese place.

        1835 Fulton Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113

      2. El Senors at La Mexicana grovery in Painesville is terrific. It's mostly tacos, burritos and quesadillas, but there's a little more and there's usually a daily special. I remember a delicious pork stew. I also regret passing on a pork chop that sounded delicious. I've heard good things about their tamales, which I think are available only on certain days of the week. I've never had anything bad there. In fact, it's all been pretty much terrific. The salsas are great. Well, maybe once I had some questionable guacamole. But, judging from maybe a half dozen visits, it's the most consistent restaurant that I can think of.

        It's worth the drive.

        I've only been to Taqueria La Loma in Akron twice, but I thought it was worth the drive from Cleveland. They don't do specials like El Senors. You can see a picture of the menu here:

        Taqueria La Loma
        1004 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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        1. re: stuart

          I second El Senors. Probably the largest Mexican population you'll find in Northeast Ohio, so I'm guessing that's a driving force behind El Senors. If you're looking for authentic this would be the place to go.

          1. re: ladybugthepug

            I went there again yesterday. I had the special: rollos de bistek with rice and lentils. The lentils were delicious, if perhaps a touch cold. The rice was okay. It came with fresh tortillas which were fantastic. The beef itself was very good and the pepper sauce was wonderful. It had tripe in it which was a delicious surprise. Over all, it's one of the best meals I've had in a very long time whether it's in a Mexican restaurant or not.

            Then I went into the attached grocery and bought a creme filled donut. Also delicious.

        2. i prefer the Mi Pueblo on Lorain ave @ 128th(?) in cleveland ohio for authentic mexican food. very nicely priced as well.

          Mi Pueblo
          3825 E Calumet St, Appleton, WI 54915

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          1. re: Streets Ahead

            I agree that Mi Pueblo is the best authentic place in town. They serve the best tacos al pastor, just like a taqueria in Mexico City. They also have special goat stew only on the weekends.