Are there bears in Mexico? That’s a thing we Googled while waiting for our tacos at Oso (translation: bear), a newish modern Mexican place in Hamilton Heights. Turns out, Mexican grizzlies became extinct a long time ago. Which is sad, but at least the tacos here turned out to be pretty good. (If you’re not feeling tacos, there’s a wide-ranging menu of stuff to keep you happy.) Oso isn’t big, but the colorful, attractive space is the kind you want to hang out in for a while. Especially when drinking their excellent margaritas.
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