Everything made in the restaurant is fresh, Hernandez said.
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The meat is is cut daily and the ice cream and popsicles are naturally-made with fruits and no preservatives.
Hernandez, a Clark County resident, is from the state of Michoacana, where Mexican ice cream was born. That is how he came up with the unique combination, he said.
“The Mexican ice cream shops have the 100% Michoacana because that’s where they came up with the ice cream,” Hernandez said.
He opened the restaurant in November. Hernandez operated a food truck in the Clark County area for about three years before moving into the storefront.
“We had so many customers that we ended up getting a building,” Hernandez said.
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He said he decided to start the food truck because he was tired of working for someone else and figured it was worth a shot.
Hernandez said he learned everything he knows about authentic Mexican cooking while growing up in a household with his aunts.
Additionally, his wife’s family has made Mexican ice cream and popsicles for about 50 years, he said.
Customers come from Chillicothe, Columbus, Washington Courthouse, Dayton and Cincinnati for the authentic Mexican food experience, he said.
As of right now, there is only one Mariana’s Tacos y Paletas, but Hernandez said he is looking into opening more.
“If you go in and look at the menu, you want to eat every bit of whatever we have,” Hernandez said.
Mariana’s Tacos y Paletas is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, search for Mariana’s Tacos y Paletas on Facebook. In the summer, the restaurant is expected to be open 7 days a week.