Stephen Morrow opened Johnny Coffee—which can be found at Ace of Cups in the Old North—with his partner Jaina Emerman in August.
The Clintonville resident, filmmaker and poetry aficionado launched his mobile coffee stand to bring quality espresso drinks to places that have long survived on mediocre joe. Here's where he likes to eat and drink. johnny-coffee.com
Dive Bar: O'Reilly's Pub. “I like to go there in the afternoon, drink a beer in a corner booth and read or write a little. Time does not exist in there.”
Comfort Food: Philco Bar + Diner. “In the winter months, Jaina and I love to get the $5 Philco Jr. Burger with fries and those Brussels sprouts. We have never walked away unhappy.”
Carryout: Acre. “We order a peanut butter smoothie and pick it up at the drive-thru window. The smoothie is guilt-free (just peanut butter, banana, almond milk and honey) yet decadent enough to work as dessert in a pinch.”
Ethnic: Momo Ghar. “This place is new to me, but my finding out about it has nothing to do with Guy Fieri, who recently visited to tape a segment. It has everything to do with another guy, John McCollum, whose opinions on food can be found everywhere online. The day John described the jhol momo to me—‘steamed Kathmandu Valley-style dumpling filled with chicken and spices, served drowning in homemade spicy momo sauce'—is the day I drove north to find it.”