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Good Mexican in Cincinnati

Anyone have any recommendations for good Mexican in Cincinnati?

Jan 28, 2009
Topcat1 in Great Lakes

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Thomtompkins: Did you take your company to Nicolas on Sat? I'm interested to hear your thoughts about the place. I've lived in Cinti since (OMG) 1991 and consider myself a foodie. I've been to most of the nicer restaurants here, as well as many of the casual ones. I like Nicolas but think Boca is amazing! If you go, you must try the grilled Caesar salad and the carmelized brussel sprouts. They are both outstanding.

For burgers, as many have said, skip Zip's and hit Quatmans. For a little more upscale, try Terry's Turf Club for burgers with interesting toppings.

If you're into bagels, you can't beat Marx Hot Bagels in Blue Ash. The owner is like the "Soup Nazi" of bagels so it's interesting to go just for the "atmosphere".

My husband and I enjoy Via Vite (same ownership as Nicolas) for happy hour - 1/2 price wine and flatbread pizzas, and then walk over to Jean Ro for dinner (the veal shank is back on the menu and very good).

For hole-in-the-wall Indian, we love Baba India in Oakley (this was mentioned in an earlier comment). Also just tried Emanu in Pleasant Ridge. They specialize in East African cuisine. I thought it was pretty good and in case you go, it is BYO wine.

For traditional Italian (checkered tablecloths, candles in chianti bottles on the tables), try Scotti's on Vine St. downtown. Nothing fancy....just good Italian food and reasonably priced wine. It's been around for 50 years or so.

For Thai, I recommend Teak in Mt. Adams or Wild Ginger in Hyde Park. Both have decent sushi too.

Not sure if you've been to Nada yet, but it has a happening bar atmosphere and serves somewhat upscale Mexican. Very good sangria - not too sweet. Same chef/owner as Boca.