October 21, 2021

Where to Find Birria Tacos in Cincinnati

Birria tacos are hot right now — and not just because they’re literally smothered in savory meat juice.

The Mexican-based dish has been popping up on menus across the Greater Cincinnati area (and nation) over the few years and has been gaining traction recently.

If you’re not familiar, birria is a meat-based dish traditionally made with goat, but can also be made with beef, pork or lamb. It's typically used in an herby, spiced stew or stuffed inside tortillas. Birria also is sometimes served smothered in melty cheese — also known as a quesabirria — and is typically served with a consommé to dip in.

If you’d like to sink your teeth into this tasty trend, here’s a few local spots where you can find it:

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Agave & Rye
Multiple locations including 3825 Edwards Road, Norwood; 635 Madison Ave., Covington; 7125 Fountain View Drive, Liberty Township
This Covington-based taco chain is known for its “epic” tacos and decor. At Agave & Rye you can find a large selection of over-the-top tacos, chips and dips and over 90 varieties of tequila. If kangaroo tacos or french fry-stuffed tacos don’t tickle your fancy, try the lauded birria taco. This street taco is stuffed with braised beef, oaxaca cheese, cilantro, guajillo chilies and onion, and served with a side of consommé dipping sauce.
Photo: Facebook.com/AgaveandRye

Agave & Rye

Multiple locations including 3825 Edwards Road, Norwood; 635 Madison Ave., Covington; 7125 Fountain View Drive, Liberty Township
This Covington-based taco chain is known for its “epic” tacos and decor. At Agave & Rye you can find a large selection of over-the-top tacos, chips and dips and over 90 varieties of tequila. If kangaroo tacos or french fry-stuffed tacos don’t tickle your fancy, try the lauded birria taco. This street taco is stuffed with braised beef, oaxaca cheese, cilantro, guajillo chilies and onion, and served with a side of consommé dipping sauce.
Photo: Facebook.com/AgaveandRye
Mazunte Centro
611 Main St., Downtown
Voted No. 1 best place for tacos in CityBeat’s 2020 and 2021 Best of Cincinnati issues, this Mexican eatery has two locations throughout the Queen City. Their menu boasts tacos along with all their other Mexican favorites like tostadas, tamales and enchiladas as well as margaritas. At their Centro location, they recently brought back their seasonal birria tacos, made with shredded beef and queso Oaxaca and topped with avocado salsa, salsa amarilla, onions and cilantro. 
Photo: Facebook.com/MazunteCentro

Mazunte Centro

611 Main St., Downtown
Voted No. 1 best place for tacos in CityBeat’s 2020 and 2021 Best of Cincinnati issues, this Mexican eatery has two locations throughout the Queen City. Their menu boasts tacos along with all their other Mexican favorites like tostadas, tamales and enchiladas as well as margaritas. At their Centro location, they recently brought back their seasonal birria tacos, made with shredded beef and queso Oaxaca and topped with avocado salsa, salsa amarilla, onions and cilantro.
Photo: Facebook.com/MazunteCentro
Taqueria 251
4110 Hamilton Ave., Northside 
Situated in the Gantry Apartments building in the heart of Northside, Taqueria 251 is designed as an homage to “famous Mexican individuals that have shaped Mexico throughout time,” says owner Emilio Santos Sada. The menu offers authentic Mexican fare and street food, including birria tacos, alongside cocktails and traditional drinks with an avant-garde twist. 
Photo: Facebook.com/Taqueria251

Taqueria 251

4110 Hamilton Ave., Northside
Situated in the Gantry Apartments building in the heart of Northside, Taqueria 251 is designed as an homage to “famous Mexican individuals that have shaped Mexico throughout time,” says owner Emilio Santos Sada. The menu offers authentic Mexican fare and street food, including birria tacos, alongside cocktails and traditional drinks with an avant-garde twist.
Photo: Facebook.com/Taqueria251
Pata Roja Taqueria
302 E. 12th St., Pendleton
Sharing Mexican culture with the Cincinnati community has been Pata Roja Taqueria’s mission since the beginning. With their recent moving to their permanent home behind Bar Saeso, this Mexican restaurant has been bringing flavors from Mexico City to the streets of Cincinnati with their birria tacos.  
Photo: Facebook.com/PataRojaTacos

Pata Roja Taqueria

302 E. 12th St., Pendleton
Sharing Mexican culture with the Cincinnati community has been Pata Roja Taqueria’s mission since the beginning. With their recent moving to their permanent home behind Bar Saeso, this Mexican restaurant has been bringing flavors from Mexico City to the streets of Cincinnati with their birria tacos.
Photo: Facebook.com/PataRojaTacos
Taqueria El Monarca
11449 Princeton Pike, Springdale 
Found in Springdale, Taqueria El Monarca is your neighborhood taco shop located on the outskirts of the Tri-County Mall. The eatery is housed in a former Chipotle, but after taking a look at the menu you can be assured this is a fine step up from the build-your-own Mexican-inspired chain. There’s plenty of unique options to choose from at Taqueria El Monarca, like Mexican sausage nachos or the multi meat-stuffed Estilo Monarca-Style Quesadilla, but if birria is calling your name, the eatery has several options on its secret menu, like birria tacos, ramen, fries and quesadilla. Owner Jonathan Madrigal says they’ve been serving the dish since they opened in 2018. Birria is only available Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Photo: Facebook.com/TaqueriaElMonarca

Taqueria El Monarca

11449 Princeton Pike, Springdale
Found in Springdale, Taqueria El Monarca is your neighborhood taco shop located on the outskirts of the Tri-County Mall. The eatery is housed in a former Chipotle, but after taking a look at the menu you can be assured this is a fine step up from the build-your-own Mexican-inspired chain. There’s plenty of unique options to choose from at Taqueria El Monarca, like Mexican sausage nachos or the multi meat-stuffed Estilo Monarca-Style Quesadilla, but if birria is calling your name, the eatery has several options on its secret menu, like birria tacos, ramen, fries and quesadilla. Owner Jonathan Madrigal says they’ve been serving the dish since they opened in 2018. Birria is only available Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Photo: Facebook.com/TaqueriaElMonarca
OLLA Taqueria Gutierrez
302 W. MLK Jr. Blvd, Covington
The folks behind Covington’s Gutierrez Deli recently opened OLLA Taqueria Gutierrez on West 12th Street in Covington. The eatery serves up Mexican-style street food. The menu is stacked with tacos, burritos, nachos and “Guti fries,” with 9 different meat/veggie options (including birria) to choose from, plus a couple of entrees, sides and drinks. 
Photo: Facebook.com/OllaCov

OLLA Taqueria Gutierrez

302 W. MLK Jr. Blvd, Covington
The folks behind Covington’s Gutierrez Deli recently opened OLLA Taqueria Gutierrez on West 12th Street in Covington. The eatery serves up Mexican-style street food. The menu is stacked with tacos, burritos, nachos and “Guti fries,” with 9 different meat/veggie options (including birria) to choose from, plus a couple of entrees, sides and drinks.
Photo: Facebook.com/OllaCov
Gutierrez Deli
1131 Lee St., Covington
Located in Covington, Gutierrez Deli is a small, family-owned business that sells Hispanic goods from Central America and Mexico. But they aren’t just a deli, but they also sell fresh tacos, burritos, and quesadillas, and on Tuesdays they serve up birria tacos. 
Photo: Facebook.com/GutierrezDeli

Gutierrez Deli

1131 Lee St., Covington
Located in Covington, Gutierrez Deli is a small, family-owned business that sells Hispanic goods from Central America and Mexico. But they aren’t just a deli, but they also sell fresh tacos, burritos, and quesadillas, and on Tuesdays they serve up birria tacos.
Photo: Facebook.com/GutierrezDeli
Amigos Bar & Patio
950 Pavilion St., Mt. Adams 
Occasionally, you will be able to find the popular birria tacos on the menu at Amigos Bar & Patio. And when you can’t, you can still enjoy the warm summer weather on their back modern-looking patio with one of their spicy margaritas and a few pollo tacos. 
Photo: Facebook.com/AmigosBarAndPatio

Amigos Bar & Patio

950 Pavilion St., Mt. Adams
Occasionally, you will be able to find the popular birria tacos on the menu at Amigos Bar & Patio. And when you can’t, you can still enjoy the warm summer weather on their back modern-looking patio with one of their spicy margaritas and a few pollo tacos.
Photo: Facebook.com/AmigosBarAndPatio
Mi Taco Loco
610 Northland Blvd., Forest Park
Mi Taco Loco is a self-described authentic Mexican eatery located in the Forest Park neighborhood. The restaurant boasts a wide-ranging menu of Mexican and Guatemalan dishes ranging from a simple chicken quesadilla to their golden brown birria tacos served with pico and sour cream. 
Photo: Mi Taco Loco’s Facebook

Mi Taco Loco

610 Northland Blvd., Forest Park
Mi Taco Loco is a self-described authentic Mexican eatery located in the Forest Park neighborhood. The restaurant boasts a wide-ranging menu of Mexican and Guatemalan dishes ranging from a simple chicken quesadilla to their golden brown birria tacos served with pico and sour cream.
Photo: Mi Taco Loco’s Facebook
Papi Jocho’s Street Dogs & Cantina
633 Madison Ave., Covington
From the team behind Agave & Rye, Papi Jocho’s is known for their creative Mexican street dogs and tacos. If you want to sink your teeth into a birria triple whammy, order some birria tacos, birria street dog and a birria sopa. 
Photo: Facebook.com/PapiJochosStreetDogsandCantina

Papi Jocho’s Street Dogs & Cantina

633 Madison Ave., Covington
From the team behind Agave & Rye, Papi Jocho’s is known for their creative Mexican street dogs and tacos. If you want to sink your teeth into a birria triple whammy, order some birria tacos, birria street dog and a birria sopa.
Photo: Facebook.com/PapiJochosStreetDogsandCantina