Re:Two great Cleveland burger spots
Thanks Buddy! I grew up in Cleveland and left when I was about 40, so I know it quite well. The gems are there, but not so easy to find. In my old job I was fortunate to travel all around the US, and have really experienced the difference between great restaurant cities with variety and regional specialties and Cleveland's blight of chain and theme restaurants. By mediocre I mean the ratio of big box chains to unique , authentic local places.
I moved to Connecticut for work, and then Zurich but I have a lot of friends and family there and try to come back at least twice a year, so I understand your restaurant dilemma - stay with old favorites, or try something new?!?
There are a few Mexican places I can recommend, actually as a fan myself -
Momocho is not a road food type place, but had very innovative and authentic Mexican. Its more hip, upscale Mexican but well worth a visit. 7 different types of guacamole and unique margaritas like cucumber or pear and cactus.
Momocho, 1835 Fulton Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113, telephone 216.694.2122
In Lakewood their is a small family place called El Tango Taqueria that is definetely Road Food material and muy authentico - the chef makes a few trips to Mexico each year for new recipes and spices. Because its small the service is often slow, but if you go expecting this and plan a nice meal its great.
El Tango Taqueria 14224 Madison Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44107-4510 (216) 226-9999
On the east side in Richmond Heights, right in front of Richmond mall, is another gem - La Fiesta. Don't be horrified by the outside, which has all the ambiance of a Ramada lounge. The same family has owned it since the 1950s, and it started as a really small dive until a fire destroyed the strip mall where it used to be located. You used to have to cut through the kitchen to get to the bathroom! The menu is full of real and unusual Mexican dishes
La Fiesta, 440-565-4422, located at 5115 Wilson Mills Road, Richmond Heights, OH
Good travels and good eating!