1211 Main Street
Mayberry has moved from it's location across from the public library on Vine Street to the building formerly occupied by Courtyard Cafe in Over-the-Rhine. The building has been given a fresh facelift inside and out; it's amazing what a lick of paint, some minor remodeling, and comfortable furnishings can do for a place. The one feature left untouched in the renovation is the lovely old wooden bar. Yes, Mayberry now has a liquor license.
It is nice to have some elbow room at Mayberry; their former space could be downright unbearable during the lunch rush. The new location is vibrant yet relaxing.
The spring lunch menu includes two vegetarian items: Romaine Salad (beets, feta, cucumber, sunflower seeds, balsamic vinaigrette $7), and Veggie Wrap (marinated veggies, mushrooms, and feta $7). Fans of their tater tot casserole ($3) will be pleased to know it is still on the menu, as are sweet potato fries ($4) and mac 'n cheese ($3). They offer pure cane sugar sodas too; a big plus for those of us who shun high fructose corn syrup.
My friend chose the Monte Cristo (turkey, ham, bacon, cherry date compote) and I opted for the Veggie Wrap. The light, tangy marinade reminded me of the sweet rice vinegar mixture I use for pickling radishes. It is a very tasty sandwich. All orders come with a side of couscous salad delicately flavored with raisins and walnuts.
The restaurant is open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and dinner service runs from 6-9:30 p.m. I'm glad to find Chef Josh Campbell's delicious fare in this new location. It's a plus for Main Street, for the neighborhood, and for Cincinnati.