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MJ’s On Main
18 Main Street
Milford, Ohio 45150 | 513-831-9888
MJ’s on Main has been in process of evolution. The simply beautiful building looks much the same as it did when both Latitude’s and Margie’s MJ’s occupied it. The high end decor is the same, but gone are the fine dining accoutrements. Local brews have taken over the taps. Tye Dye has taken over the servers. And the down to earth food (and prices) create a new casual vibe. Plus, an all new menu greets the guests when they sit down. There are many enticing choices; steak, chops, trout, scallops, fish, tacos, flat breads and even sliders all present themselves as worthy options. But as I stood at the “pass” on a Saturday night, the one thing that stood out was the number of vegetarian orders that were hitting the window.
Servers, cooks, the manager and even the owner all commented to me about the staff and crowd favorites. Again, vegetarian dishes were named repeatedly, with enthusiasm I might add.
At the pass, I noticed many Pasta-touille orders coming out of the kitchen. Linguini in lemon-wine sauce is tossed with zucchini, squash, eggplant, tomatoes and garlic. Then topped with shaved parmesan and served with a French baguette. Bright in color and flavor, the veggie take on the French classic tastes sinful but is wholly healthy and meat free. That’s a winner for veggie folk sure, but the flavor is reason to order. Vegetarian or not, anyone would dig this dish.
Another dish that kept appearing at the pass was the Phatty Melt. “A smoky chipotle black bean burger smothered in provolone cheese, caramelized onions and chipotle creme between two pieces of grilled wheat berry bread. Served with a choice of side ($10.50). A favorite of several servers, not to mention customers. The meaty yet meat-less melt is richly rewarding with it’s smoky flavors and grilled goodness. If only MJ’s had a drive thru!
One of the most talked about dishes is the Happy Hippie Flatbread ($10.99). A light & fluffy flatbread crust with roasted garlic olive oil with asparagus, artichoke hearts, fresh baby spinach, goat cheese and fresh tomato. It’s topped with mozzarella and provolone then drizzled with balsamic reduction. Sounds simple, yes. Tastes terrific, definitely. It’s a filling, flavorful dish that screams fresh.
The Happy Hippie has a cool history too. Chef (Mark Potaratz) created it for himself, staff members were soon salivating for them. Then customers were wanting their share. It wasn’t long until it made the permanent menu. That’s a testament to how delicious and inevitably popular Mark’s Happy Hippie creation truly is.
Pescetarians will get giddy when they see what MJ’s does with the fish. How about a herb buttered salmon BLT? A trio of blackened scallops on a bed of black bean pineapple slaw? Grilled chili mustard scallops over citrus quinoa? Or crispy spring roll wrapped Ahi tuna rolls? Trout seared in lemon butter with tomatoes & capers over wild rice with roasted vegetables (I didn’t have room to try the fish but my god the rice is good! and it’s meat broth free)? Or Beer battered haddock with fresh cut fries and scratch made tartar sauce? Blackened tilapia tacos complicate the choice even more.
Of course meat eaters are offered the same chef enthusiasm, quality and creativity in their options. But I have to save that for another day. Bottom line is MJ’s is doing everything right. Sourcing local ingredients, keeping everything fresh, keeping portions plentiful and prices at bay, and most of all keeping customers coming back. If you’re into fresh & flavorful, you need to taste what it’s all about. Don’t forget dessert. Normally I pass. But the peanut butter & jelly cheesecake with Nutter Butter crust is too tempting to pass on. It’s the only cheesecake I’ve had that beats Jerry’s. Get one to go if you don’t have room. You’ll be glad you did later.