Inside Hyde Park’s Mesa Loca, a Modern Mexican Eatery in the Former Cock & Bull Space

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Columbus-based Peerless Management Group remodeled the former Cock & Bull on Hyde Park Square in late 2019 and opened something way cool: Mesa Loca.

Peerless owns Galla Park, a meat-and-potatoes-style American restaurant at The Banks, as well as a couple of nightclubs and restaurants in the state capital. For the company’s first suburban restaurant, they went with what had been high on their wish list — creative Mexican cuisine served in a lively, convivial setting on that prominent corner.

You won’t find fajitas, burritos or quesadillas on the menu, and the cocktails are all made from fresh juices. They have tacos, to be sure, but otherwise the menu holds a few surprises.

While the “apertivos” (appetizers) menu section is minimal, beyond that you’ll find plenty to consider in sections describing soups and salads, ceviche, meats, veggies, seafood, tacos and a house specialty called molcajete. Molcajete is named after the large, black stone bowl in which a meat- or seafood-based concoction is served.

The restaurant is expansive, with a bustling front dining room that also contains a wraparound bar and a smaller back dining room. Colorful wall murals enhance the experience. The patio out front will seat dozens more in finer weather and there’s a smaller enclosed courtyard out back that looks promising. Until those outdoor spaces open, you’ll have to sit inside in what is already the new “it” place in Hyde Park.

Read a full review at citybeat.com.