From Matt Teaford:

Let’s taco about something for a minute… we’re tired of settling for lunch at T-Bell. No offense to the mystery meat nor stadium-style Nacho Cheese, but we’re moving on to better things. We wanted fresh guac, magnificent margs, and tantalizing tacos, and Django gave us that and more. In fact, after being in business for four years, they’ve kind of perfected the art of Tex Mex in Cincinnati. If you have yet to try it after all this time, you’re missing out on some of the best bites in the entire city.

Situated on a bustling corner in Northside, Django has maintained a low-key feel while its reputation for crafting culinary creations has grown. The perfect spot for an afternoon brunch date or business meeting, a quiet patio in the back is mostly in the shade and pulls you away from the noise of the city while still being in an urban area. This allows you to focus on the food, and with such complex bursts of flavor, you’ll come to appreciate that. Although they have a number of great choices, and we recommend you try other things not featured in this post like the Cod Taco (which is literally the most unbelievable fish taco to ever grace the planet, but that’s neither here nor there), we wanted to showcase a little bit of everything that makes their place so special.


For starters, go with the Spicy Mayo Corn Stick. While the Buttered Jalapeno Cornbread is also of note, the Spicy Mayo complemented by the surprisingly sweet Radish Sprouts atop the cob brings a unique variety of tastes that we really appreciate. If you make a mess, who cares? Tear into it, ya animal! It is corn on the cob, after all! Pair it with the Spicy Margarita for an extra kick. Let’s be real. Margs make everything better.


But that’s only the start. After nomming on the corn, you’ll be ready for all the tasty tacos your heart desires, and the good news is that they’re light enough that you can enjoy at least one or two if you want to get one of the entrees as well. Or you can just get like 50 tacos… that sounds pretty legit too. While you can’t go wrong with the Veggie Taco if you’re eating extra light, the savory Carnitas Taco, topped with BBQ Grandma’s Pickles and Cotija, and the Lengua Taco with Beef Tongue, Cotija, Pickled Onions, and Salsa Verde are a dynamic duo that gives you a little bit of everything. If you’re in the mood for more, the Lamb Belly Chiliques is the true definition of foodie nirvana. Loaded with Fried Egg, Crispy Tortilla shells, Radish Sprouts, Salsa Rojo, and Queso Fresco, it’s easily one of the most complex, impressive items we’ve ever had. But this is a complicated relationship you’ll actually enjoy…


The Final Word: Although there’s no wrong way to enjoy Django, we think that the best way to do it is by going there on a Sunday afternoon with friends. The patio is perfect for enjoying the warm weather and the margaritas will be flowing if you’re in the right kind of company. With so many options to choose from, you’ll want to keep coming back because they put so much thought into every item on the menu that you almost feel like you’re cheating yourself if you don’t try one of everything at one point of another. In fact, we’ll be back real soon, because the Jerk Chicken Quesadilla has our names on it. See you soon, Django!

Matt Teaford is a meatatarian, craft beer enthusiast, and follower of his spirit animal, which he believes to be a Kodiak Bear. He can often be found hiking in the backwoods of Kentucky or bragging about both his hometown of Cincinnati and expansive knowledge of music. Except Polka. He knows nothing about Polka.

Matt founded CityNova because he wants people to experience life for all that it’s worth. He also thinks that nap time should be offered by all employers. Since he found no such opportunity, he thought a startup might be his best chance.

He’s also a political Independent who vies for true transparency and accountability in government, but that’s neither here nor there…



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