Can a spot ever approach Mexican restaurant greatness without spectacular margaritas? Judging by the two-category crushing Momocho, apparently not. This Ohio City hotspot's motto might as well be: Come for the margaritas, stay for the modern Mexican cuisine. Why order one margarita when you can kick things off with a sampler, a trio of fruit-and-tequila-filled refreshers? Sip away on your mango, pineapple and blood orange cocktails while you plan your South-of-the-Border adventure of taquitos, antojitos and especiales. Chef Eric Williams builds complex layers of spice, flavor, texture and building heat in dishes like braised wild boar tacos with mustard crema, pumpkin seed-crusted trout with pickled jalapeno, and crab and smoked trout chilaquiles with salsa verde and a fried egg.
1835 Fulton Rd., 216-694-2122, momocho.com.