Casa Nueva

Visit this Athens, Ohio, spot for Mexican-inspired cuisine with an ingredient list that draws from farmers and purveyors throughout the region.

Casa Nueva in Athens, Ohio (photo by Stephanie Park)

The southeast Ohio college town of Athens puts a premium on arts, culture and eating local. Casa Nueva has been a fixture there since 1985, launched and still operating today as a worker-owned cooperative in which some employees also own a share of the business. A passion for the product is evident on every plate that comes out of the kitchen at this downtown spot. Although the cuisine is firmly Mexican inspired, the ingredient list draws from farmers and purveyors located throughout the region, be it the corn tortillas from Athens-based Shagbark Seed & Mill or dairy products from Snowville Creamery in nearby Pomeroy. The menu of burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas and more is backed up by a full bar, featuring vodkas and tequilas infused with fruit and other flavors. 6 W. State St., Athens, Ohio 45701, 740/592-2016,