March 31, 2020

Cincinnati's 10 Best Taco Spots, as Chosen by Our Readers

CityBeat's Best of Cincinnati issue has officially arrived, highlighting the city’s most outstanding Arts & Culture, Eats, Shops & Services, Music & Nightlife, City Life and Sports & Recreation. And the responsibility of selecting these exceptional entities is divided between our readers and staff. This year, half a million votes were tallied to determine our Reader Picks. Readers logged on to the ballot site to vote for their favorites in broad categories like Best New Restaurant and Best Bartender, with more niche topics including Best Ribs, Best Realtor and Best CBD Retailer. This particular slideshow highlights Cincinnati's Best Taco spots, as voted by CityBeat readers.
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Mazunte Centro
611 Main St., Downtown
Inspired by the vibrancy of Mexico City, Centro still serves the classics — tacos and tostadas, tequila and Topo Chico. But a handful of dishes exclusive to this location were added to the menu, namely tortas and tlayudas (imagine a love child between a Mexican pizza and a giant loaded nacho). Out-the-door-tacos for those on their lunch break and lingering evenings sipping tequila are both served with the same warm hospitality. Although folks in Mexico indulge in a leisurely meal and siesta midday and grab street tacos at night, Americans are more accustomed to working through lunch and partying after dark. Mazunte serves Mexico City food on a Cincinnati schedule.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Mazunte Centro

611 Main St., Downtown
Inspired by the vibrancy of Mexico City, Centro still serves the classics — tacos and tostadas, tequila and Topo Chico. But a handful of dishes exclusive to this location were added to the menu, namely tortas and tlayudas (imagine a love child between a Mexican pizza and a giant loaded nacho). Out-the-door-tacos for those on their lunch break and lingering evenings sipping tequila are both served with the same warm hospitality. Although folks in Mexico indulge in a leisurely meal and siesta midday and grab street tacos at night, Americans are more accustomed to working through lunch and partying after dark. Mazunte serves Mexico City food on a Cincinnati schedule.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
1. Mazunte
5207 Madison Road, Madisonville; 611 Main St., Downtown
Mazunte Centro // Photo: Hailey Bollinger

1. Mazunte

5207 Madison Road, Madisonville; 611 Main St., Downtown
Mazunte Centro // Photo: Hailey Bollinger
1. Mazunte
5207 Madison Road, Madisonville; 611 Main St., Downtown
Mazunte Centro // Photo: Hailey Bollinger

1. Mazunte

5207 Madison Road, Madisonville; 611 Main St., Downtown
Mazunte Centro // Photo: Hailey Bollinger
2. Condado Tacos
195 E. Freedom Way, The Banks; 3329 Vandercar Way, Oakley
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

2. Condado Tacos

195 E. Freedom Way, The Banks; 3329 Vandercar Way, Oakley
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
2. Condado Tacos
195 E. Freedom Way, The Banks; 3329 Vandercar Way, Oakley
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

2. Condado Tacos

195 E. Freedom Way, The Banks; 3329 Vandercar Way, Oakley
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
3. Taco Casa
1202 E. McMillan, Walnut Hills; 11309 Montgomery Road, Harper's Station; 3711 Paxton Ave., Hyde Park; 4600 Smith Road, Norwood
Photo: Ty Wesselkamper

3. Taco Casa

1202 E. McMillan, Walnut Hills; 11309 Montgomery Road, Harper's Station; 3711 Paxton Ave., Hyde Park; 4600 Smith Road, Norwood
Photo: Ty Wesselkamper
3. Taco Casa
1202 E. McMillan, Walnut Hills; 11309 Montgomery Road, Harper's Station; 3711 Paxton Ave., Hyde Park; 4600 Smith Road, Norwood
Photo: Ty Wesselkamper

3. Taco Casa

1202 E. McMillan, Walnut Hills; 11309 Montgomery Road, Harper's Station; 3711 Paxton Ave., Hyde Park; 4600 Smith Road, Norwood
Photo: Ty Wesselkamper
4. Agave & Rye
635 Madison Ave., Covington; 7125 Fountain View Drive, Liberty Township
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

4. Agave & Rye

635 Madison Ave., Covington; 7125 Fountain View Drive, Liberty Township
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
4. Agave & Rye
635 Madison Ave., Covington; 7125 Fountain View Drive, Liberty Township
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

4. Agave & Rye

635 Madison Ave., Covington; 7125 Fountain View Drive, Liberty Township
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
5. Bakersfield
1213 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Photo: Paige Deglow

5. Bakersfield

1213 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Photo: Paige Deglow