Best Of 2019

Best Kangaroo Taco: Agave & Rye

Sitting just across the river and around the corner from Braxton Brewing Company is Covington’s Agave & Rye. Equal parts bar and taqueria, this late-night hotspot makes tasty tacos out of everything from buttered lobster to fried avocado to… kangaroo. That’s right, to our knowledge, this is the only place around Cincinnati to get an adorable Australian marsupial inside two fresh tortillas. Every A&G taco comes in both a hard and soft tortilla; the hard shell gives you that satisfying corn crunch with every bite while the flour tortilla on the outside holds everything together. Protein options range from “graze” to “swim” to “grow” (aka vegetarian options) with an interesting monthly feature, like the “Sensei,” made with soy and ginger kangaroo tenderloin topped with crispy rice noodles and veggies before it’s finished off with spicy peanut chili oil. A&G’s well-stocked bar gives you fun cocktails to pair with your meal, like the jalapeño pineapple-rita, or have a can of pinot grigio from their “wines by the can” list. With the Cincinnati Zoo’s 15,000-square-foot “Roo Valley” coming in 2020, there’s never been a better time to celebrate the Outback’s pouched icon in life … and in death. Agave & Rye, 635 Madison Ave., Covington, agaveandrye.com.