Wednesday, May 26, 2010


915 Vine Street
Tel: 513-381-5999

"Whoa - food coma!"

That's what Steve and I exclaimed as we left Mayberry and crossed Vine St. toward the library. It's a good thing the library and restaurant are so close to each other; simply crossing the street proved a challenge.

Chef Joshua Campbell, who is also the mastermind behind World Food Bar at Findlay Market, has designed a revolving menu showcasing comfort food that offers an affordable twist on everyday classics.

Mayberry: A Grassroots American Eatery

The restaurant is small - seating a mere 30 patrons - but the stylishly mod, monochromatic decor of circles, iconic paintings and crisp white window dressing combine to make the space feel larger than it is, though it probably doesn't seem that way during the lunch crush.

Fun 'n groovy mod decor

Choose from a list on the chalkboard menu at the counter and grab a seat. Food is made to order and some items take longer than others. Trust me though, it's worth the wait. On the day we visited I thought I was hungry enough to eat both a veggie burger ($8) and an order of their tater tot casserole ($3), which a friend had highly recommended. Little did I know that the veggie burger at Mayberry isn't just a meal, it is an event.

Taking up over half a foot of airspace, this is not your Aunt Bee's burger. Sure the bun adds a few inches, but the patty - loaded with lentils, shredded carrot and a healthy dose of chili powder - is the B52 of burgers. As delicious as it is big, this sucker will bomb your tastebuds into tomorrow.

Veggie burger: a tower of power

Not to be outdone, the 12 oz. Angus burger ($8) that Steve ordered comes with its own zip code. Well okay, not really, but it does come with its own breakfast of peppercorn bacon and a poached egg on top, plus a heaping helping of onion marmalade that will make the mouth sing. A spring mix salad with homemade house dressing rounds out all entrees.

The burgers are massive

While the small but mighty menu offers an eclectic mix of entrees - you'll find quarter pound all-beef franks and fish tacos on the lunch menu - vegetarians can also make a meal out of the side dishes. Choose from a yogurt Waldorf salad, pasta salad, mac'n'cheese or the yummy starchy goodness of their awesome tater tot casserole.

Tater tot casserole

Mayberry is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and Saturday evenings from 6-9:30 p.m. On Sundays they host brunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The restaurant also offers boxed lunches and full-service catering.

Nobody is going to leave hungry at Mayberry. Depending on how long it takes for the food coma to set in, some may not even leave the restaurant at all!

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