Written by: Steve Stover
Date: February 26, 2014


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


  • shrimlock

    The Silent Woman Bar was i believe on East Main, just east of James.
    The signage in neon or lit up from behind maybe, was extremely provocative.
    It showed an image of a female with her, holding her own head or her head somehow detached.
    Depicting the female as presumably silent. And even holding the knife?
    pretty grisly, and disturbing and was evident to anyone driving around there up till the 90’s, it seems.

  • shrimlock

    The other one that was near the Motel Greg Lashutka got in trouble win he was prosecutor, And i think that was on East Broad, that was the Pink Elephant.

  • Barbara Cruz

    what about hanleys steak house sullivant ave Columbus ohio

  • Barbara Cruz

    does anyone have a copy of the menu or pictures

  • Mr.Gale.B

    I need an exact and correct answer:
    Where was “Top of the Center” located? In WHAT building?

  • Otto Gronkowski

    Slow hipster service and slow kitchen. Expensive prices. Don’t visit if you want to see food on your table in under 45 minutes. However the food quality, taste and presentation is very good! Ambiance is contemporary cool inside, very different from what you may have the impression of from the exterior of this old Tim Horton’s location. Good bar and drink selection. Overpriced menu. On the west coast you can find this style of filipino restaurant serving same dishes for $7.50. Here they will set you back $12-$18. You can’t even get into appetizers for less than $10 unless you want a bowl of rice. Don’t know if they’ll survive, table turnover is way too slow, even though they’re making large profit margin per dish, it’s just way too slow. If you have an evening to kill, this would be a good hangout. Don’t attempt a weekday lunch or dinner. You’ll see a good hipster millinial crowd here.