I gathered my culinary cohort (sister) and away we went.
Mayberry is small but "warm" and inviting. The seating capacity is 27. Chef Josh Campbell (who by all accounts is an incredibly gifted Chef) has the most creative recipes and side dishes that a lunch menu has to offer.
I ordered "The Burger" which is destined to become a Cincinnati "cult classic."
"The Burger" is 12 ounces of Certified Angus Beef served with peppered bacon, onion marmalade topped off with a poached egg! Without a doubt this is the most interesting, tasteful sandwich that I have ever eaten. If you are a burger aficionado, you are going to want to try Chef Josh's creation. My burger was perfectly cooked, terrifically seasoned, and full of texture and flavor with the bacon, onion marmalade and poached egg.
If you, like my sister, love rich flavor, then Mayberry's Slow Roasted Pot Roast should be just your thing.
The Slow Roasted Pot Roast was served with Caramelized Onions, Root Vegetable Hash and Horseradish Demi Glace. The Pot Roast was tender enough to cut with a fork and savory enough to melt in your mouth. The Horseradish Demi Glace does double duty, first as a succulent serving sauce and then as a spectacular tribute to Chef Josh's talent. The only thing missing was a big piece of bread to soak up every last drop of the Glace! The Root Vegetable Hash was a mosaic of complementary color and irresistible fresh fall taste.
Is there anything more delicious or comforting than a steamy bowl of soup? We were treated to a sample of the Soup of the Day which was Butternut Squash. It was perfectly seasoned with fresh ground pepper. It was creamy with a sweet-salty tang.
I will definitely be going back to Mayberry. The prices are on par with the portions and it was most certainly an unique lunch experience. It is important to me that I get my money's worth and Mayberry delivered on that criteria. When I do go back, I have my sights set on the Truffled Caesar Salad with a side of the Tater Tot Casserole. My Sister has her sights on the Sloppy Josh with a side of Mac n Cheese.
All that being said, I think I might need to add another mile to my run before I let Chef Josh feed me again!