The Coop

9 Sep

The Coop
2701 Indianola
(Corner of Cliffside and Indianola, just north of Hudson)
Clintonville
614.581.9353
Tues-Fri Noon-8
Sat: 9-6 (Brunch all day)
The Coop Website

The Coop opened up on September 8th with no fanfare and a light rainstorm. The first day went well. The chef in the coop worked at Alana’s for over two years. The menu is still being developed and the regular hours and days of operation are being figured out. There will be Facebook and Twitter addresses for the Coop sometime soon.

The initial scout of this truck was done by our friend Dave from Weber Cam who said……

Sorry I didn’t get all the details, but the wing I just stole before dinner was sublime. I can’t tell if fried or roasted, not greasy, the meat was very, very nice. Not hot, just the sauce over it was a typical vinegary hot sauce, and a sprinkle of blue cheese and some really, really good coleslaw on the side.

All packaging biodegradable (this part I find fascinating, it’s very cool, polylactide I believe).

CMH Gourmand was on the scene within the hour. The Coop is a former Cinnamon Roll fair cart that has been repurposed as something better. The Coop also has a fair share of chicken wire added to the frame for barnyard aesthetics. The food is not far from the farm at this trailer either. The eggs and poultry come from North Market Poultry and Game. Other North Market vendors are sourced as well. The cheese is supplied by Meadowmade. The chef and her assistant shop for produce at area Farmers Markets on Mondays and Tuesdays. And for a touch of environmentally friendly vending – the carry out containers, forks and such are Earthaware – as biodegradable as there is. Other vendors sourced for Coop Meals are: Thunderkiss Coffee, Auddino’s Bakery and Shagbark Seed & Mill Company.

Two menu’s are shown below. The chicken and eggs sampled were prepared perfectly. We will see what develops with The Coop and will update this post as new information comes in.


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10 Responses to “The Coop”

  1. John M October 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

    Stopped by today, and found that their lunch burger was — get this — $12. That might explain their lack of customers.

    There’s no way a food cart in Columbus, Ohio should have one of the highest priced lunch burgers in town.

    • Dan H November 2, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

      I disagree. I would go out of my way and take a long lunch break for a burger that surely won’t be your standard ole burger that you pay nearly $9 with forced fries and a drink at most sit downs anyway.
      I stopped by tonight during a walk and came home with a smoked turkey with Dan Dan noodles dish that was super great. There was a $13 bison burger on the menu that I really wanted but the mrs wanted some noodles. If you think about it $13 is extremely reasonable. If you go out and duplicate the high quality ingredients used and create the same dish at home, you’ll pay nearly that. I can’t wait to go back and will gladly pony up for the burger.

      • cmh gourmand November 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

        I tried the Bison Burger. It was $10, it also included locally sourced and cured bacon, a delicious egg and a fresh locally baked bun. It was a very good burger. Looking at the cost of the ingredients and the time, effort and driving it would take me to gather these ingredients my cost would be more than $10 to make a burger that would not be as good. I have paid $10 for a burger at Skillet, North Star and a place called Meat and Potatoes in Pittsburgh – all three were exceptional. You get what you pay for. There are hidden costs for a $1 burger….. To each his own. I would not suggest that people pay $10 for a burger everyday, but if you want to treat yourself with an exceptional meal, this could be one choice.

      • John M November 7, 2011 at 8:00 am #

        Look. I’m a huge fan of street food. I think that one of the key benefits of running — and eating at — a food cart is the ability to serve and purchase above average food at below average prices.

        There are, after all, savings to be had when you don’t have servers, don’t have seating and don’t have to pay taxes on a building.

        I don’t expect the Coop to serve a $2 burger, or even a $5 burger. As an enthusiastic supporter of businesses like the Coop, I want to see this joint survive and thrive. I don’t think it’s going to happen at this price point.

        Most people I know wouldn’t spend $15 (once you include drinks; $20 with sides?) for a hamburger lunch at a sit down restaurant like Rigsby’s. How many are going to want to pay that at a food cart on Indianola just north of Hudson for a meal that must be eaten in the car or in the parking lot to be enjoyed hot?

        Hell, most people wouldn’t pay that much in L.A. or Manhattan. In fact, the Coop’s burger is nearly twice as expensive as the priciest option at Kogi, the world’s most famous food truck.

      • cmh gourmand November 8, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

        You make good points. Price points are critical for sustainability of a customer base. It is a new business so feedback is important. What are your thoughts on the menu items they do have in the $5 to $7 range.

        What Street Food vendors do you think are doing things right, at the right price point?

  2. S. March 8, 2012 at 5:27 am #

    Last evening, I stopped at The Coop to grab something for dinner and came away with the 9 dollar Yak ( Really!) Burger. It was a memorable experience and enough food for two people. Superior quality, unusual and locally sourced ingredients all cooked to perfection for a couple of bucks more than a greasy fast food joint’s offering mean that I am a returning customer.

    • John M March 22, 2012 at 9:26 am #

      It it was made with real yak, I’m in.

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