Review: Mama Lo Hizo

Mama Lo HizoOh, tacos.  They’re seeing a resurgence, as I’m sure you’ve noticed– and savvy eaters are leaning more towards the authentic than the Americanized.  Enter Mama Lo Hizo, a Mexican-themed stall at Findlay Market.  They’re not selling super-authentic tacos– no goat or tripe here– but some pretty solid choices with fresh ingredients.  You can grab tacos, burritos, bowls and nachos as well as a small selection of Mexican grocery items.  The standout item, though, is their nachos– a generous portion of corn tortilla chips, topped with really good, not-too-spicy queso blanco, your choice of meat (I like steak, but chicken and ground beef are also available) and pico de gallo (their mild is a little spicy, with big chunks of jalapeño,but not unbearably hot).  The portion, which runs $6, is huge– I hadn’t eaten breakfast, and about 1/4 of the portion was plenty for me.  I doubt that I’ll seek out Mama Lo Hizo’s nachos or tacos over, say, Taqueria Mercado’s or Dinastia Latina’s, but this is a great, quick alternative for a bite at Findlay Market.

The owner, Mark Whitworth, also runs the “Mama Made It” kettle corn stand on the outside of the market. Pop (no pun intended) outside for some kettle corn too– it’s perfectly salty and sweet.

Mama Made It Kettle Corn on Urbanspoon

Mama Lo Hizo on Urbanspoon

  • lolly

    sounds great! i looooove his kettle corns. i got so excited the first time i saw his product. i no longer had to hold out til festival season to indulge my love of salty sweet crunchy goodness fresh from the kettle

  • Steve

    Was disappointed they didn’t have cilantro.  Definitely not super-authentic tacos. 

    • http://winemedinemecincinnati.com Julie

      Right– I don’t think they’re like, say, Taqueria Mercado/Maya/La Mexicana– definitely geared to a more American palate (though the same could be said, lately, of LM).

  • Barb Cooper

    Mark’s Mama Lo Hizo has been a great addition to Findlay Market and adds to the international flavor! 

  • RSL

    I must say the best is Mark’s Steak breakfast bowl ,always a must have at Findlay  market —don’t forget the hot salsa ,its the BEST !!

  • Craig S

    Sounds like you enjoyed this much better than I did. I’ve tried them three times over the past few months, and have been disappointed each visit. I REALLY wanted to like their food, but oh well.

    • http://winemedinemecincinnati.com Julie

      I wasn’t blown away but it’s a pretty good option if you are craving a taco. I don’t think it’ll replace other places for me in my “circuit” though (aka the stuff I eat when I’m not trying to write about something).

  • Bob

    I love how all of the Caucasian employees wear shirts that say “Mexico”. Very authentic!