Yes, this is a review of a taco joint. A really classy, really compelling taco joint that I found in, of all places, Cincinnati, Ohio.
All my friends know I enjoy a great meal, and I have had the pleasure of dining at some of the finest restaurants in the country. But whenever I travel I always have an eye open for those out-of-the-way places that are a little less formal, a little rougher around the edges, but often serve the most delicious food. Bakersfield Over the Rhine is one.
Guy Fieri, host of the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, visited Bakersfield Over the Rhine earlier this year and delighted in the “elevated tacos” and torta sandwiches. It’s no wonder the place is packed nearly every night. A friend and I visited on a Monday and, while we secured two seats at the bar fairly easily, the place quickly filled up.
I love Mexican food and Bakersfield did not disappoint. After all, when you kick off a meal with an ice cold PBR served in a glass shaped like a cowboy boot, what could go wrong? We started by sampling the guacamole, a true test of any Mexican restaurant, and were not disappointed. It had the perfect balance of texture and spiciness, in an ample portion.
We moved on to try a variety of the restaurant’s signature tacos, each assembled on a light, flavorful hand-made tortilla. We devoured tacos stuffed with fish, chicken, steak, pork and shrimp, each of which was tastier than the last. All washed down with more cold beer and, for my dinner companion, a brace of agreeable margaritas.
Bakersfield Over the Rhine is located in a revitalized section of downtown, adjacent to the business district and a short walk from the riverfront area. My only advice is to get there early and be patient. You’ll be glad you waited!
1213 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202