Brews News



Chad W. Lutz
​My run-in with Akron's latest Mexican delicatessen was, by all intents, chance. I met up with a couple of my cousins a few weeks ago and one of them suggested we all go to Nuevo. Admittedly, I had never heard of the place, which is actually pretty concerning, considering I would die for Mexican food and love trying new restaurants.

However, celebrating its two-year anniversary on February 29, Nuevo serves as one of Akron's brightest night lights and is quickly becoming the trendiest place to grab a margarita and a taco in the Rust Belt. The business sits on the corner of E. Mill St. and E. High St. downtown. A bright orange, yellow, and red neon sign lights the way. The restaurant is split into three different sections: a main seating area just inside the door, a smaller cocktail area with high tops next to a massive tequila bar featuring over 100 different brands of the agave nectar-derived liquor, and a party area located downstairs able to accommodate up to 30 people.

One step inside and you hardly remember you're in Akron anymore. The lighting is moody, the cocktails are strong, and the food is delicious. There's a pervasive sort of West Coast feel about the restaurant that combines elements of New York clubs with the recent ingenuity of Midwest culinary enthusiasts. One peak at the drink menu solidifies that. Where else can you order a flight of tequilas? Nuevo also makes four different types of guacamole, including habanero jelly guacamole and grapefruit, candied ginger, and goat cheese guacamole, as well as several types of house salsas.

The menus cater to all types of dietary needs and lifestyles as well, which is about what you'd expect from a modern restaurant. A separate Gluten-Free menu helps persons with Celiac Disease find sensible options for both lunch and dinner. Sprinkled amidst enough smoked pork shoulder, shrimp, and house made chorizo tacos and burritos to satisfy even the most ravenous meat eaters are several plant-based and veggie-friendly items, like the Quinoa Burrito with a peanut Sriracha sauce and the stuffed poblano peppers on a bed of quinoa risotto. Dang.

With reasonable prices and a seemingly never-ending drink list, it's almost imperative for Akronites to get their butts to Nuevo. And if you're in town for a few nights from say Columbus or Cleveland or Cincinnati, have your friends take you here, and then call Uber, because no one is going to want to be DD.
54 E. Mill St. Akron, Ohio
(330) 762-8000
Mon-Thurs 11:00am to 10:00pm
Friday 11:00am to 11:00pm
Saturday 3:00pm to 11:00pm
Prices: $5.00 to $30.00