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Mindy Trujillo

EAT (out)

Chilango Fresh Mexican

Our friends Josh and Laura share our passion for Mexican food.  There’s just something about relaxing and sharing a bowl full of chips and salsa over good conversation! Now, if you dine with our friend Josh, you have to get multiple bowls because he has this thing with adding extra salt to the chips!  Anyway, Josh and Laura recommended a new Mexican restaurant called Chilango and it took me all of a hot minute to make my way there!  Located in Loveland, Chilango Fresh Mexican is all I’ve been thinking about for the last three days.

Eventually, I will try it all!

Unlike big Mexican restaurant chains, Chilango is a taqueria with fresh and innovate ingredients.  The chips are made fresh and the salsa bar includes everything from a fresh pico to a creamy salsa verde.  We enjoyed all the salsas, multiple times.  The chips are crispy, thin, and perfectly salty (right, Josh?).  There’s a spicy white queso and a guac awaiting my next visit.

When you walk into Chilango, there’s a menu board.  You place your order at the counter, find a seat, and wait for delivery.  It’s cooked fresh so it might take a minute, but it’s worth it.  Between two of us, we shared five different tacos:

Cochinita:  Shredded citrus braised pork, cabbage slaw, pickled red onion, Chilango sauce (spicy).

Braised Beef:  Beef braised in Negra Modelo, pickled onion, queso fresco, crema and salsa verde.

Flank Steak:  Angus steak, grilled onion, queso fresco, salsa verde.

Pork Belly:  Seared pork belly, grilled pineapple. pickled red onion, and avocado-tomatillo salsa.

Tinga:  Shredded chicken in a tomato chipotle sauce, avocado-tomatillo salsa, pico de gallo, queso fresco and crema.

Corn tortillas

We seriously savored each taco.  In the end, while I loved them all, I really enjoyed the simplicity of the Flank Steak and the brightness of the Cochinita (citrus braised pork).  Chilango also offers flour tortillas which I really appreciate!  I’m looking forward to the Chorizo next time.

Special shout out to the Braised Beef Empanada.  It’s the best empanada I’ve had in this city and I’ve had my fair share.  The beer braised beef with the grilled onion is simply perfect.  Honestly, all the meat is braised and marinated so well.

Beef Empanada

I didn’t want to share!

Chilango Fresh Mexican has a nice outdoor patio; perfect for a Horchata, fresh Margarita, or Mexican soda.  Family owned, fast casual, and packed with flavor, Chilango is at the top of my list for made-to-order, tasty Mexican food.  If you go for tacos, order at least three a piece!  Josh and Laura?  Date night soon?

GO THERE (Chilango in Loveland)!  TRY THAT (Beef Empanada, Chochinita, Flank Steak)! 

Chilango Fresh Mexican Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

EXPERIENCE

City Flea- Washington Park

This post is a quick shout out to City Flea held in Washington Park in Over the Rhine.  I’m a huge fan of City Flea and this Saturday, May 19th, is the first summer flea of the season!  City Flea opens at 10 am and closes at 4 pm. Honestly, it’s one of my favorite Cincinnati activities.  It’s just a cool way to experience Cincinnati!  In case you’ve never been, City Flea is a large, urban flea market with local vendors selling everything from clothes to crafts, home decor to jewelry, soap to skin products, locally made sweets to specialty snacks, and much more.  If you prefer vintage, it’s there.  If you like modern and new, you can probably find it. If you try to shop fair trade, you’re covered.

Freeset is such a great cause! Your dollars directly employ women rescued from slavery!

Love to support these guys and buy beard oil for my husband!

Vintage decor.

These cakes are crazy good! Every single flavor is delicious!

Another reason to check-out City Flea is the food trucks!  These never disappoint.  Show up hungry and you can find sweet treats, savory meals, coffee, tea, and beer; there’s usually live music or a DJ, too.  Then, there’s the added bonus of the location; the flea market is held in beautiful Washington Park with Music Hall as the backdrop.  There are benches by the fountains if you need a break, tables to sit and eat, and the park for kids to play.

One of my favorite coffee roasters!

Love this view!

If you can’t make it this Saturday, there are three summer dates: June 16, July 21, and August 18.  I suggest going early, if you can, to grab a parking spot in the garage underneath Washington Park.  Otherwise, you can look for street parking in the area.  Bring change for meters.  Although many of the vendors at City Flea do take charge cards, having cash on hand is always helpful.  If you have a favorite thing to shop for at City Flea, I’d love to hear about it!

GO THERE (City Flea)! TRY THAT (Freeset bags, Homemade Cake in a Jar, Food trucks)!