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“Won't go back” 3 of 5 stars
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Habanero
358 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220 (Clifton)
(513) 961-6800
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Ranked #1,021 of 1,839 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Latin, Fast Food, Spanish
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
Neighborhood: Clifton
Rochester, New York
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“Won't go back”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

Ok Mexican food, stand in line and order your food then wait as it goes through the assembly line. The fish tacos were so soggy it was hard to even pick up the tortilla. If you order the chimichanga be prepared to get it as the rest of the members in your party are finishing their meal. When my son went up to ask if it was ready, for the second time, the cook snapped at him. When it finally arrived it looked to be the best item on the menu.
The utensils, which you help yourself to, looked like they could use another run through the dishwasher!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Habanero has flavor and plenty of it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

I must have drove by Habanero at least 500 times before finally stopping in. On the outside it looks like the bland, tired burrito restaurants that have followed in Chipotle's wake. On the inside was a fresh, friendly neighborhood hangout that's full of vibe, charm and most important flavor.

My first time eating here I was taken aback by the amount of fresh, house-made salsas and sauces. I tried maybe a half dozen salsas, all of which had it's own unique flavor and heat level. It was easy to to see that all the ingredients were hand cut, no corporate 'bags' here. I also tried 4 sauces, the habanero-mango was a revelation.

My better half had a chicken burrito that was made to order, with her choice of toppings. It was plainly obvious the chicken wasn't from the night before, or even the prior shift, it just got pulled off the grill, diced and placed in the in the steam-table. Combined with rice and both pinto and black beans, she was ready for the cold toppings. She likes mild food so it was salsa verde and a run through the garden(lettuce, tomato, red onion, cilantro, grilled peppers and avocado. Toped off with sour cream and cheddar cheese, the burrito was so big it could barely be folded.

I had 4 tacos all of which were different. The meat selection is quite impressive Steak, Chicken, Barbacoa, Marinated Pork, Habanero Beef, fried Talapia and others. I paired the flavors together, mild with mild and spicy with spicy. Topped it off with some house made chips and salsa and a couple of shaken Margaritas, it was a feast to say the least.

The staff is as friendly as you will find anywhere, always going out of their way to ensure your taken care of. The prices are quite reasonable, particularly on Tuesdays when tacos are only $2 and they have $2 Dos Equis Amber. They also offer a lunch special for under $8 that includes a burrito or 2 tacos, chips & salsa and a drink.

We enjoy this place so much, my wife on her 40th birthday wanted to eat there. Not at The Precinct, not across from the Arinoff, she wanted to eat at Habanero.

So if you're tired of the bland food at Chipotle or wanna light that fire with a habanero Beef burrito, this place has what your looking for.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Local Latin American Burritos”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

I enjoy Habanero, a good, tasty and inexpensive local option for burritos, tacos and other foods. 4 beers on tap, usually some local options. Tuesdays are my favorite - $2 Soft Tacos and $2 Dos Equis drafts. The tacos are big, so a couple are enough to fill me up.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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“Great local alternative...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2008

Great local alternative to Chipotle. Original salsas and combinations. More latin than mexican.

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