every blogger in town had been uploading posts about Mayberry since its opening and it had been on our list to try, except that at the time, their hours were only limited to weekday and saturday lunches and then brunch on sundays.
distance definitely plays a part in us deciding whether to eat out or cook at home (or pick up food to eat at home). seeing that we come from mason, sometimes going to eat downtown is a helluva trek than what we would prefer to do after a long day’s work. so finally one saturday evening in january, we decided to finally give mayberry a try.
the space is pretty cozy and was filling up when we got there around 730pm. we were seated at, what we like to call, the “chef’s table” (one of 2 long communal tables against one wall). we had the best seat in the house as we had a great view of the dining area, and the kitchen, where Chef Josh Campbell and his sous chef were cooking up the nights’ orders.
we decided to try as much as we could try and ordered 2 sets of 3 small plates for $20 per set (at press time, their prices have changed and 3 small plates are now $25). 1 set would have been enough for 2 people but we were determined to try as much as they had to offer (their dinner menu changes from time to time).
(lake superior white fish with roasted garlic red rice cake, crispy okra, celery root remoulade)
(duck confit tart with gorgonzola, anjou pear and walnut)
(left: butternut squash crusted tofu with white asparagus barley risotto; right: thyme roasted beet with truffled pea orzo and braised baby kohlrabi)
(left: roasted leg of lamb with truffled pea orzo and preserved fig; right: lake superior white fish)
(left: mac n cheese; right: tatertot casserole)
(brownie with peanut butter mousse and brule banana)
we truly had an enjoyable night. the food was delicious (we raved about the tatertot casserole and the peanut butter mousse on the brownie, among other things), a radio playing jazz tunes was right behind us, and we watched each plate pass us by from the kitchen to the tables. if you live in cincinnati, or are planning to visit, go check out mayberry!
** Chef Josh also runs the World Food Bar in Findlay Market. What a busy guy! **