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Cactus Pear Restaurant Review: This Southwestern-tinged bistro near the University of Cincinnati campus draws a college crowd for its specialty margaritas and Dos Equis on tap as well as smoky roasted tomato salsa. Everything about this place is eclectic --- from the murals painted by local artists to the Latin-inspired dishes. Finds include Caribbean fajitas, fish tacos and Aztec tofu sandwiches --- all aimed at pleasing a diverse, though not particularly adventurous, crowd. Vegetarian and vegan options are available, too, such as butternut squash salad with toasted coconut, ginger and almonds. The Cactus Pear serves a surprising selection of Tex-Italian pastas, including the house specialty: red-pepper noodles. Of course, this casual hangout is a bit dark and dated, and it can be pricey for what it is: not exactly Mexican and not exactly authentic anything else. But you can't go wrong with the shrimp Marguerite, especially if you wash it all down with a margarita or two. And don't forget to try the guacamole. For dessert, there's white chocolate bread pudding, fried ice cream or our recommendation: carrot cake.