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Best Taco Tuesday: Frida 602

Best Taco Tuesday

Covington’s mezcal bar and taqueria Frida 602 is the second MainStrasse eatery for owners Paul Weckman and his wife Emily Wolff, who also run Otto’s down the street. Named after colorful painter Frida Kahlo, the restaurant mirrors her work with cerulean bar stools, bright-orange chairs, a floral banquette and Day of the Dead artwork, including decorative calaveras everywhere, and candles in the fireplace, which illuminate the upstairs dining room. But you’re not necessarily here for the Mexico City décor; you’re more likely here for the tacos. The restaurant offers five different tacos à la carte, served on corn tortillas with pickled red onion, radish and cilantro, the most delicious of which are the fish tacos, thick slices of mild mahi mahi, seared or tempura fried with pineapple slaw; the chicken tacos, stuffed with spit-roasted and spiced chicken, honey poblano slaw and black bean-mango salsa; and the incredibly interesting vegetarian Brussels sprout tacos. The slightly caramelized sprouts are sautéed and topped with a rich peanut salsa to produce an unexpected flavor explosion. On Tuesdays, the chicken tacos are only $2 (instead of $4), so you can double up while you sip on one of the complexly layered mezcal-laced house cocktails. Mezcal adds a smoky flavor to drinks like the Oaxacan mule and spicy Paloma, a palate pleaser with bitter grapefruit and spicy jalapeño simple syrup. Frida 602, 602 Main St., Covington, Ky., 859-815-8736, facebook.com/frida602.

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