If you aren't familiar with the concept, a taqueria is basically a taco shop. But we're not talking about Taco Bell here – these are delicious AUTHENTIC tacos, and Cincinnati has a long list of them. Take a seat and prepare to take some notes. Some popular locales are Nada, Bakersfield OTR, Taqueria Mercado, La Mexicana, Mazunte, Django, Gomez Salsa, Taqueria Cruz, and the list goes on!
The thing is, you really need to find out the specialty at each place. Then when you go, you're not just getting tacos every time. That's right, taquerias have more than tacos! With a little help you can take your own taco tour of Cincinnati! I haven't been to EVERY one of those in the list above, but I've hit up probably half of them! Keep reading for some of my favorite dish picks at local taquerias.
The Best Choice for Chicken & Corn Enchiladas – Nada
Nada used to be one of my favorite choices in town, but with so many other taquerias it sort of dropped off my list. That said, on my last visit, my friend Danielle let me try her favorite menu item: Chicken & Corn Enchiladas. And I have to say, WOWZA! It definitely changed my order forever so I highly recommend this one.
The Best Choice for Carnitas Torta – Taqueria Mercado (Downtown or Fairfield)
Oh Taqueria Mercado, how I love you. Downtown or Fairfield – it doesn't matter. Uber authentic, small, local and delicious. Far and away, the torta sandwich is my favorite menu item. I've tried them at other places and they just don't compare. Imagine: everything you love on a taco (meat, avocado, beans, lettuce, sour cream) on a crispy and light bun combined to make the best sandwich your hands will ever grip.
The Best Choice for Queso – Bakersfield OTR
The Best Choice for Guacamole – La Mexicana
La Mexicana was the first taqueria I went to in Cincinnati and it holds a special place in my heart. It's very authentic and they serve things like goat (yum) and brains (not yum). There's even a little grocery store in the back. My favorite tacos there are the vegetarian; it's mainly toppings, but I love that. The serious deliciousness, though, comes in a bowl – the guacamole. It's fresh, creamy, cool and spicy. It's just so delicious. (And they have Mexican coke, aka REAL sugar.)
The Best Choice for Everything – Mazunte
There you have it: my own taqueria tour for you! I hope you enjoy all the taqueria goods and if you find something else you love - head over to TheFoodHussy.com and let me know!