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Strip Mall Surprise: Authentic Mexican in Worthington

Strip Mall Surprise: Authentic Mexican in Worthington

Aaron Wetli

Welcome back to Stripmall Surprise, where we highlight locally owned restaurants that just happen to be located in a, wait for it, strip mall. Today’s installment is Tomatillos Authentic Mexican and as a bonus, its sister establishment Diamonds Ice Cream.

Tomatillos/Diamonds is your family friendly/date night one-stop-shop for gourmet Mexican fare. When walking in, you are greeted by the friendly wait staff and seated in a brightly lit and clean dining room which allows the customer to peruse Tomatillos authentic, concise, and reasonably priced menu. Believe me, you may need a minute to decide.

My go-to is the California Burrito which consists of steak, french fries, refried beans and queso which I wash down with a crisp and refreshing house made lime margarita. My wife chooses the Queso Chicken & Rice containing grilled chicken over rice with cheese, lettuce, sour cream, and pico de gallo.

For the taco lover, Tomatillos offers sixteen gourmet tacos ($3 for $10.50/4 for $12) to choose from. Options include carne asada, carne pork, barbacoa chorizo, or al pastor; the more familiar chicken, steak, and shrimp; as well as four separate vegetarian options. I recommend The Tropical Carnita – a corn tortilla with shredded pork, pineapple, and spicy mayo or the Mexican Cheese Steak made with steak strips, melted cheddar, and grilled onions.


Even the kid’s menu is awesome with options such as chicken fingers, cheese/chicken quesadillas, mini burritos, and soft tacos—all of which are served with either rice, beans, or French fries. If that doesn’t do it for your kids, drown your sorrows in Tomatillos’ 10 beer taps, their diverse selection of bottled Mexican lagers, or a cocktail from the fully stocked bar.

After eating, walk next door to Diamonds Ice Cream and expand your dessert horizons.

At Diamonds, you can choose from 36 different ice creams as well as flan and frozen bananas topped in chocolate. Remember, there is always money in the banana stand. The real star of the dessert show are the 45 different choices of Paleta (water or milk based frozen fruit desserts) ranging from Raspberry to Cookies and Cream. You’re welcome.

Tomatillos and Diamonds are two high quality, family friendly Strip Mall Surprises to get you out of your stale Mexican food routine. Support Local.

Tomatillos Gourmet Mexican and Diamond’s Ice Cream are located in Worthington at 2285 W. Dublin Granville Rd.


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