Best Mexican Food In Cleveland

May 27, 2011 8:51 PM

With labels like authentic and modern, Cleveland offers a variety of Mexican dining opportunities. Here are some of the best Cleveland restaurants, where the margaritas are praised as much as the food. –Kurt D. Moore

Momocho Mod Mex

1835 Fulton Road
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 694-2122

Momocho, an award-winning restaurant located in the historic Ohio City neighborhood, offers up what it calls mod mex cuisine. It is the brainchild of chef Eric Williams, who has worked in some of Cleveland’s best restaurants and has become known for focusing on seasonal and local ingredients combined in a unique way to capture the Mexican culinary spirit. Momocho has been featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” Momocho is open from 5 to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Zócalo Mexican Grill & Tequilareria

2071 East Fourth Street
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 781-0420

Zócalo offers authentic Mexican food that captures distinct styles from three of the country’s culinary regions. Chef Aaron Martinez, the fourth-place finalist on Food Network’s 2007 “The Next Iron Chef,” is co-host of Food Network’s “Melting Pot” and is considered one of the country’s leading contemporary Latin chefs. The restaurant also offers a large selection of tequila and Mexican beers. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday and Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Sunday hours change depending on season.

El Japanenos Authentic Mexican Restaurants

1313 West 117th Street
Cleveland, OH 44107
(216) 226-9765

El Japanenos gets praise for both its authentic Mexican cooking and its margaritas. The restaurant uses fresh ingredients, the food isn’t cooked until it’s ordered, and the portions are generous. Patrons also praise the prices while the restaurant touts its customer service. El Jalapenos is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Mi Pueblo Taqueria

12207 Lorain Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44111
(216) 671-6661

Mi Pueblo Taqueria, located on Cleveland’s west side, is praised as being a classic diner with authentic Mexican food. The service is friendly, the burritos and tacos are good, and the margaritas are huge. There is live Mexican music on weekends. Hours are 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

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