CLEVELAND — Planning a night out on the town? Looking to impress a hot date or loved one? Tired of hitting the same-old restaurants?
In this new feature, 3News food expert Doug Trattner lends a hand as he highlights a great place to visit. From temples of fine dining to hole-in-the-wall casual joints, these places all have a few things in common: excellent food, good service, and local ownership.
So pull up a chair, order a beverage, and stay for the fun! Here's where Doug took our Mike Polk Jr. for the second installment.
ADDRESS: 1835 Fulton Road, Cleveland
For his second location, Doug went to an old favorite in Ohio City: Momocho in Ohio City. Launched by chef and owner Eric Williams in 2006, this pioneering eatery introduced many local diners to the eclectic flavors and textures of "Mod-Mex" cuisine. The two-story restaurant is situated in a lovingly restored Colonial that features a main-floor bar and lounge and a more elegant but informal second-floor dining room with open kitchen.
Over the years, every conceivable surface, nook and cranny has been decorated with fun and funky Mexican-themed imagery, much of it with roots in Lucha Libre, the celebrated professional wrestling of that nation.
The menu is a delightful mix of tasty appetizers, small plates, tacos and chef-driven entrees, all packed with layers of complex flavor. To drink, there is a lengthy list of Mexican beers, margaritas and one of Cleveland’s largest selections of mezcal and tequila.
MENU STYLE: Modern Mexican
PRICE RANGE: $$$ (out of 5 $s)
Doug suggested he and Mike begin with a guacamole sampler for two reasons: One, the classic appetizer helped put Momocho on the map. Two, he heard Polk doesn't like guacamole.
From there, the two enjoyed build-your-own taquitos starring warm, plush corn tortillas that get rolled around melt-in-your-mouth braised beef. The main event consisted of Chilpachole, miso-glazed halibut paired with tamale dumplings and shrimp pozole. A side dish of carrot elote, a riff on the popular Mexican street corn, was also enjoyed. To drink, there were blood orange margaritas and palomas.
TOP THREE REASONS TO VISIT: Momocho manages to fire on all cylinders: exciting food and drink, compelling and unique atmosphere and top-notch service.
CHECK THEM OUT: momocho.com