Last night, in between 2 Fringe shows, I finally managed to get to Mayberry – up on Vine near Scotti’s and Hamburger Mary’s.
There are several Mayberry incarnations. First came the World Food Bar at Findlay Market, with lots of vegetarian choices, and recipes with variations on the tofu theme. Then came Mystery Dinners – which still happen every now and then, not the least bit like much of the food at World Food Bar. Chef and Owner Josh Campbell, before he had Mayberry’s, occasionally had a hankering to do full meals for folk. So he’d give out a date, folk would make reservations – and the day before or the day of, they’d get a call with the location, somewhere in the vicinity of downtown. Those dinners still go on – but now he also has the restaurant downtown, open for lunch and dinner.
I loved the menu – 2 definitely vegetarian options, and all three side dishes vegetarian as well. The notion is small plates, so you don’t leave feeling like an overstuffed American, waddling out. Except, of course, since I wanted to try everything – I got two small plates. Took most of the roaster pepper home – phenomenal. Had a great ricotta tart, too, with greens. And the roasted olives (novel and terrific idea) and potato side dishes. What a comfy and excellent place. Good, expeditious service, since we had to get back to see our last Fringe play of the season.
And I saw the kitchen – tiny, tiny. How do they manage all those variations and choices? Suffice it to say, they do – and they are all great. I am really glad I finally got there – and, no doubt, I’ll be back frequently.