Talita’s Returns to Clintonville

| February 26, 2014 | 0 Comments


In 1968, Talita Arroyo Prince and husband Tony Neno opened Talita’s, an authentic Brownsville-style Tex-Mex restaurant. Talita’s became a Clintonville institution and we visited often (a Friday night favorite) from college days through the “BC” (before children) era, and later with our kids, until Talita’s closed in 2007. Talita’s son Frank opened a Talita’s in Grove City in 2007, but everyone missed the Clintonville favorite.

Thank goodness, Talita’s returned to its roots in Clintonville in July 2013, with granddaughter Daniela, assisted by Frank’s sister Toni.

When writing reviews, I try as many things on the menu as possible, but I must admit that I can’t at Talita’s. I love Talita’s enchilada sauce, and I have had enchiladas almost every visit for more than 40 years! But all of the food at Talita’s is fast, fresh, and tasty.

Talita's Enchilades are a long-time favorite in Clintonville. Photo by Steve Stover

Talita’s Enchilades are a long-time favorite in Clintonville. Photo by Steve Stover

Talita’s is a plain storefront restaurant with a few Mexican nick-nacks. There is counter service at lunch, and table service in the evening. Signature items include the aforementioned enchiladas (I prefer beef); Talita’s Wet ‘n Cheesy Burrito, which is a large burrito “smothered with enchilada sauce and cheese;” a Mexican layered enchilada ($7.99), aroz con pollo (chicken on Spanish rice, $6.99); and a Mexican pizza ($5.79).

The rest of the menu includes 12 “Nibbles,” from salsa & chips to nachos ($.90 to $7.99); three salads ($3.95 to $6.95 for the entree Casa salad); 10 burritos and platters ($6.45 to $7.99); chalupas ($4.45 to $6.45); three enchiladas ($6.45 to $7.99); tacos; and the signature items listed above. Neither location has a bar.

For large portions of tasty Brownsville-style Tex-Mex at bargain prices, give Talita’s a try.

Talita’s Tex-Mex
2700 North High Street

Talita’s Tex-Mex
3090 Southwest Blvd
Grove City


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Steve Stover is passionate about food. He has taught cooking with Rich Terapak for more than 31 years, and has reviewed restaurants and judged cooking for more than 25 years. He currently teaches cooking at the Franklin Park Conservatory after stints at La Belle Pomme at Lazarus, Columbus State, Sur la Table, and Faire la Cuisine. In addition, he frequently cooks for charity events and speaks to community groups all over Central Ohio. Steve had a weekly restaurant and food commentary program 610 WTVN AM radio from 1996 to 2008. From 1992 to 2004, Steve was the Ohio editor for Zagat Survey, edited five Zagat Survey Ohio editions, and was a contributing editor for several editions of Zagat Survey America’s Top Restaurants. Steve is currently a contributor to Edible Columbus magazine, and a regular guest on WOSU’s Allsides with Ann Fisher. In "real life," Steve retired in January 2012 as the Legislative Counsel for the Ohio State Bar Association, and is involved in numerous community activities.