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What I Ate: Tacocracy

If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would be chips and salsa.

Does that count as two things?

Because of this love, we’ve eaten at every local taco place in Cincinnati—Django Western Taco, Bakersfield OTR, Barrio Tequilaria (now closed). And today, we tried Tacocracy, which is inside Northside International Airport.

No, it’s not an actual airport, even though the dining space resembles a gate waiting area.

I ordered a flight of tacos (the Commute—choice of two tacos, a salsa and chips): Buff Chix and Cheese Steak tacos and the mango pineapple salsa, all for under $10. Not too shabby.

Chips and mango pineapple salsa

The salsa was fantastic. Fruity with just the right amount of spice. I almost purchased a pint of it to-go. I wasn’t over-the-moon about the Cheese Steak taco, mostly because it was topped with a rosemary aioli that to me, doesn’t really belong on a taco. The Buff Chix taco was pretty good, but next time, I’ll order it without the celery.

(Sorry I forgot to take a pic of my tacos, but here’s one of Andrew’s, the Duck.)


I loved the atmosphere of the place—very eclectic, with a few chairs from an old airport terminal and some mismatched luggage. Nothing matched, not even the plates. Definitely my kind of restaurant.

What’s even cooler is the fact that Northside International Airport isn’t just a home for Tacocracy, but for a few shops, an art gallery and a patio.

It’s worth a trip. I know we’ll be back. Maybe during happy hour next time…

Tacocracy4029 Hamilton Ave., Northside


Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Stay tuned for more of What I Ate as Andrew and I eat our way around Cincinnati.


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