Strongsville, OH

Looking for Tacos in the Suburbs of Cleveland? You Should Check Out This Place in Strongsville, Ohio

Isla Chiu

The other day, for once, I did not dine alone and got lunch with a friend.

We went to Blue Habanero, a Mexican restaurant that specializes in tacos.
Street tacos with sopa aztecaPhoto bythe author

To start, I ordered a virgin pina colada. I was tempted to get a non-virgin pina colada, but since I had to drive home, I was responsible and ordered a non-alcoholic beverage. Even without the booze, the pina colada was delightful. It was sweet, refreshing, and smoothly blended.
Non-alcoholic pina coladaPhoto bythe author

As for food, I got the street tacos with a side of sopa azteca.

The street tacos were great. The restaurant makes their corn tortillas in house, and the corn tortilla was a perfect soft shell for the tasty fillings, which consisted of ribeye steak, chorizo, and pineapple. Served on the side were a cup filled with onion and cilantro, one filled with carrot slaw, and one filled with salsa that had a bit of a kick.

Everything on my tray was fresh and flavorful. The ribeye steak was tender, and the pineapple chunks added some pleasant sweetness and acidity to my tacos. I didn't find myself using the salsa too much because I thought the tacos were great by themselves, but I did put plenty of onion and cilantro in the corn tortillas.

The bowl of sopa azteca was also great. It was a chicken soup with rice, chicken, and pico de gallo. It was warm and comforting, perfect for winter weather.

I kind of wished Blue Habanero provided complimentary chips and salsa, especially since I thought the prices were a bit on the steep side. My street tacos were $16, and the virgin pina colada was $6.

But to be fair, after I ate everything, I was pretty full, so I didn't really need chips and salsa on top of that.

In addition to the food being fresh and flavorful, our server was very friendly. She always had a smile on her face and often checked on us to make sure we were enjoying our meals. Also, the restaurant's décor was cool. There were visually striking Día de los Muertos pieces and pictures all over the place, and I enjoyed looking at all of them.

Blue Habanero is located at 18066 Royalton Rd, Strongsville, OH 44136. There are also locations in Cleveland's Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood (6416 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102) and Brecksville (8934 Brecksville Rd, Brecksville, OH 44141).

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