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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Restaurant of the Weekend: Momocho

Posted By on Thu, Feb 7, 2008 at 11:37 AM

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Beyond these hallowed walls lies lots of tequila.
Even if it hadn’t snagged a well-deserved spot on the March Bon Appetit’s Hot 10 List, Ohio City’s mod-Mex Momocho (1835 Fulton Rd.) still would be a great bet for dodging the winter blues this weekend, with its dark, cozy vibe, and high-octane eats from chef-owner Eric Williams. But the fact that it got a yet another nod from the national media --- this time, with mention of especials “like seared sea scallops with hominy croqueta and jalapeño creamed corn” – adds a little extra sizzle to this already piquant property. (Other recent props include a flattering assessment in the 2008 Zagat guide to America’s Top Restaurants, and notice from Food & Wine.) Settled inside a circa-1880s house, and done up in a pleasurably sinister pastiche of masks, skulls, and shadowy murals, the space makes a fine backdrop for Williams' clever takes on authentic Mexican fare, which includes goat cheese guacamole, Kobe beef meatballs, and beer-braised goat. Plus, with an assortment of premium sipping tequilas, keeping warm shouldn't be an issue. ... If you can't get in this weekend, Williams -- who has a growing national clientele -- has also been planning the final two tequila dinners of the year, set for Wednesday Feb. 20 and Wednesday March 19. The informative $40 fiestas offer five snazzy courses, each paired with a fine sipping tequila from Momocho’s big stash. Reservations are required; call 216-694-2122 to get one. To view a sample menu, visit www.momocho.com. And for more on this Ohio City gem, read our 2006 review. --- Elaine T. Cicora Read Elaine Cicora's restaurant reviews, food news, and comprehensive dining guide on the restaurant page at clevescene.com.

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