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Chef Carlos and his father

The Carlos Story

Owner and chef Carlos Mendez is originally from Jalisco, Mexico near Guadalajara and comes by his passion for wonderful food quite naturally. His father and other family members are often at work in the kitchen preparing “secret family recipes.”

The emphasis here is on quality and freshness. Nothing is ever frozen but the ice cubes, and no ingredients come in cans. Fresh produce is personally selected by Carlos to ensure quality.

With over 12 years restaurant experience in the United States, including 7 in the Toledo area, Cocina de Carlos is the culmination of a desire to offer great value and what he calls.

The True Taste of Mexico™

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2013, 2014, and 2015 Winner: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

The Blade

Toledo Talk of the Town Award Winner 2013

Talk of the Town

#1 Buffet, UrbanSpoon

2013 Best Ohio Restaurants, UrbanSpoon

#1 Mexican Restaurant in Perrysburg, TripAdvisor

2015 Toledo Food Challenge 2nd Place Winner, Dish: Drowned Sandwich, Toledo City Paper

Featured in 2015 Best Chef Contest, Toledo City Paper


“Absolutely the best food in the entire Toledo area!”
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“Stunned silence good. Got a little choked up good. Wanted to hug the chef good. I’m not good at reviews, but just trust me on this.“
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Delicious authentic Mexican food!“
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“I recommend this place as if I own it!“
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Cocina de Carlos
Perrysburg: 419-872-0200

Waterville: 419-878-0261


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Address: 205 Farnsworth Road, Waterville, OH 43566
In the historic Smedap's Smithy


Address: 27072 Carronade Drive, Perrysburg, Ohio
Directions: 75 exit 193. South of Route 20 behind Kroger and Panera


Just minutes away from where you are.




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The True Taste of Mexico™

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