My favorite trend to come out of the street food revolution in Columbus? Food carts setting up outside bars that don't serve food.
My favorite trend to come out of the street food revolution in Columbus? Food carts setting up outside bars that don't serve food. I could stay at a place like St. James, a comfy neighborhood tavern with a fantastic draft beer list, all night long. But I'd get pretty hungry.
So I'm psyched about Mobile Mondays, a new promotion that'll bring a food cart to the parking lot outside St. James on Monday evenings.
Mobile Mondays is an initiative of the Food Fort, an incubator of sorts for mobile food vendors, and Michelle Hill at St. James. The Fort is an Economic and Community Development Institute The program recently added Jim Ellison, who you may know better as local food blogger CMH Gourmand, to spearhead marketing and event coordination for their mobile food operation.
The first Mobile Monday happened earlier this week, and a bunch of notable foodies came out to feast on pita sandwiches from Pitabilities over a few beers at the Italian Village bar.
I tried the Fish Pita, which is a fried fish filet topped with grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, mozzarella and the house sauce (it's called bella sauce, and it's got a nice kick).
All that comes wrapped in a pita. And on this particular night, for this particular sandwich, the Pitabilities guys were offering an option of a fried pita. I certainly couldn't turn THAT down, and it was indeed quite delicious in a greasy-good way.
On the side, I ordered some of the pita chips (more deep-fried pita bread, this time cut into triangles) and garlic hummus. Yum.
Now, on Mobile Mondays, St. James is also doing a beer special: mystery cans for $1. As tempted as I was by this great bargain (the inaugural mystery beer was Busch Light!), I went for a craft brew instead. Mmm, Fish Pita and Bell's Winter White at the bar at St. James. Can't think of a better Monday-night combo.
For the second installment, Tatoheads will set up outside from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 16.
St. James Tavern
1057 N. Fourth St., Italian Village