|Quinoa cakes with poached eggs|
My mother-in-law disparages restaurants she won't like by declaring, "that is not my kind of place." Maplewood Kitchen and Bar is firmly in that camp.
Cincinnati, you stand on line to order your food, but in a welcome twist, a hostess shows you to a table and a server delivers your food.
No need to split your group, with one person commandeering a table and fending off customers with food trays and looks of desperation.
|Blond wood aesthetic|
Food for allBut if Maplewood Kitchen and Bar is beyond the understanding of the Applebee's crowd, it is appealing to a broad base; food is fresh, organic and of the moment. It is vegetarian friendly, yet it has plenty of meat, along with recognizable dishes like burgers, sandwiches and wraps.
|Roasted mushroom toast|
MPK has avocado toast, of course. And though this version sounded great, with pistachios and local honey, we tried the roasted mushroom toast.
My mother in law would call this an open faced sandwich but I just call it scrumptious. It had caramelized onions, goat cheese and ricotta under a bed of tiny mushrooms.
|Power bowl - powerfully good|
What do you want to drink?MPK has craft beer on tap, and cokctials made with fresh pressed juices. You can also have the juices with alcohol, of course.
The cafe has taps where you can help yourself to still or sparking water, with leon if you wish. There is even chilled or room temperature water on tap. My grandparents always espoused room temperature water, so they would have been happy.
If, of course, they were open minded enough to give Maplewood Kitchen and Bar a chance.