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First Look: Doug Trattner explores Avo Modern Mexican restaurant

The brand new spot in Ohio Metropolis replaces Bakersfield Tacos.

OHIO CITY, Ohio — Any day now, Gabriel Zeller and partner Julie Mesenburg will open Avo Trendy Mexican in Ohio Metropolis. 

Since taking the house over from Bakersfield Tacos, which closed in March, the pair has been readying the restaurant for opening day. The purpose is to be serving clients earlier than the tip of the 12 months.

The already enticing property acquired a further enhance because of new hickory flooring, furnishings and paint – a cheery avocado inexperienced that does a lot to brighten up the previously woodsy interior– and a cement wraparound bar within the middle of the house has been refinished with a slick, easy epoxy.

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Zeller and Mesenburg are additionally the homeowners of Char in Rocky River and Barra Tacos in Sandusky and Amherst. Regardless of their earlier successes, the homeowners are fast to distinguish their two Mexican ideas. Whereas Barra is an informal taco-focused restaurant, Zeller describes Avo as, “extra of a fine-dining ambiance for contemporary Mexican meals.”

Zeller says that he was impressed by current journeys to Dallas, the place Mexican and Latin elements and flavors are offered in up to date, non-traditional methods. That strategy is mirrored all through the menu in varied dishes like apple salsa, honey-infused guacamole, shrimp and fish ceviche, and espresso-rubbed filet mignon. Different “knife-and-fork” entrees embody hen mole, shrimp in a spicy cream sauce and pan-seared scallops with polenta muffins. For these in search extra “conventional” Mexican fare, there are open-face tacos topped with a selection of beef, hen, shrimp and chorizo.

Cocktails are given their due in any respect of Zeller and Mesenburg’s eating places and Avo will probably be no totally different. The menu provides inventive drinks blended with bourbon, rum, tequila, and mescal. Native beers – some from as shut as just a few blocks – will be part of white, crimson, and glowing wines by the glass and bottle.

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Ohio Metropolis residents appear to like weekend brunch and Avo goals to earn a spot within the rotation when it begins its weekly service. To begin, Avo will probably be lunch and dinner, with brunch being added just a few weeks down the highway.

Zeller describes his and his spouse’s development from Sandusky to Rocky River and now to Ohio Metropolis, including that visits to mates who stay within the neighborhood satisfied them to contemplate the realm. 

To see Avo’s full menu, click on right here.

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