It’s no secret that we love good food, and we quickly fell for it at Mazunte, a local Cincinnati restaurant influenced by Mexican street food. The owner, Josh Wamsley, is truly an amazing restaurateur. He’s gone to great lengths, even traveling and living in Oaxaca, Mexico, to study the cuisine. It’s that experience for an authentic bite that’s infused Mazunte’s menu and served as a pillar of the restaurant’s mission and success.
Prior to launching Mazunte, Josh knew that to pursue his Mexican City Street Food concept in the Queen City that he needed to dive deep. So, he did what any self-respecting food explorer would do and he secured a job and bought a plane ticket destined for Oaxaca, Mexico—what is largely considered the home of Mexican street food. He spent ten months immersed in the culture. “I ate everything I could and traveled to Chiapas, Puebla, and Mexico City in search of exciting, bold flavors. I learned from ‘grandmothers,’ friends, students, and street vendors,” tells Josh on Mazunte’s website. After coming home, Mazunte was born (named after the small town where Josh stayed in Mexico), and for that we are grateful to have had experiences in his wonderful restaurant.
We are proud to call Josh a friend and welcome with open arms Mazunte’s line of salsas and guacamole as well as other accompaniments like tostadas and pickled onions to Dorothy Lane Market (see our Produce department)! So next time you are in, you can get a small taste of Mazunte to share with your home!