Taqueria Mercado opened a couple months back in the old Javier’s space, across from the Main Library. The layout of the interior is essentially the same as Javier's with a bar on the far right (with margaritas on tap), but now you order from your table. To start off, we ordered some chips & queso for $2.25. The chips are made of the same tortillas as the tacos -They are oily, but also light and airy. I thought they were very good – perhaps the best chips and cheese downtown (Move over Burrito Joe’s):
For my meal, I ordered the chorizo con huevos - admittedly, a bit of a cop out:
Caffe Barista and Deli
This deli/grocery is located in the 4th & Plum building. It is the only "Caffe" in Cincinnati. They spell Caffe like Italian coffee for reasons I'm not sure I understand. I suspect it's to indicate they have aspirations of sophistication (like calling a restaurant a "bistro") - I'll take that as a good signal of their craft. But enough dwelling in the name... I went for lunch, but I hear the breakfast food is good here. Also, their website indicates that they also have pizza, but I did not see anyone ordering it. When I was here, I ordered a classic Italian sub - Pepperoni, salami, ham, provolone cheese, sub dressing, red onion, and tomato (I opted to skip the lettuce & mayo):
Mythos has two locations a block apart from each other on 4th street (Vine & Walnut) in downtown Cincinnati. The flagship location on Walnut, next to Capri and the Mercantile Library is the much bigger of the two, and a standard lunch stop for me. The walls of the interior are painted with Greek scenery. The blue and white walls make it look as if it would not be out of place in Athens (it seems everything is blue and white over there), but Mythos is not nearly as cramped as restaurants in Greece - This place is big and open. The guy behind the counter is friendly (he acts like he wants to hear about my visits to Greece) and has a Greek accent. So despite the lack of lunch-Ouzo, I suspect this place is pretty authentic.
When I stop by I usually order the Supreme Gyro - a gyro with feta cheese:
Cafe de Wheels
I had been meaning to check out Café de Wheels since I saw it reviewed on Cincinnati Nomerati way back when. ...It seems like food trucks could be making up a large percentage of the future of downtown lunching. They are more flexible than fixed locations (they can easily switch locations!), don't pay rent, and can be open more than 20 hours a week since they can go somewhere else at night. Hell, those crappy hotdog carts somehow stay in business; Good mobile food should do great.
Anyway, I finally got around to stopping by the truck on 6th street last week (Thanks Laure Quinlivan for allowing them to park in govt. lots). The burger here is supposed to be great. But I decided to order the Cincy Cuban sandwich. I placed my order and waited around for about 5 minutes before they called my name and handed me my bag sandwich. Cafe's Cuban consists of pork, ham, Swiss cheese, grilled onion, butter, mustard, and dill pickle: