I’m sure the Wonder Twins are good people individually, but the magic happens when they activate. That’s what these mashups are about: taking already awesome local favorites to extra by pairing them with
new friends. Here are some of the ones I think are home runs.
HOT CHICKEN TAKEOVER + DESTINATION DONUTS
Boneless Hot Chicken + Red Raspberry Hibiscus Donut
Pick your heat level; warm, hot, or holy; and sandwich it between the bright and fruity raspberry donut. It’s got everything in one bite: spicy, sweet, tart and heat.
KREMA NUT COMPANY + KATALINA’S
Orangesicle Peanut Butter Sandwich + Sweet Spicy Bacon
First things first. If you haven’t had a Krema PB&J, you need to remedy that immediately. Lots of combinations would work, but I love the Orangesicle PB&J. The citrusy orange marmalade, fresh peanut butter and sticky sweet and spicy bacon from Katalina’s just work together harmoniously.
HELEN’S ASIAN KITCHEN + HELEN’S ASIAN KITCHEN
Cauliflower Stir Fry + Spicy Dumpling + Xiao Long Bao
My chef friend Kate told me about this wonderful place and their cauliflower dish. The name “Cauliflower Stir Fry” does not do it justice. It’s stir-fried hot and fast with garlic, spices, and the Sichuan peppercorns that make it lip numbing delicious. I order the cauliflower and mix it into whatever else I’m eating. My favorite combo is the cauliflower, spicy dumplings, and steamed pork dumplings, called xiao long bao. Leftovers? Add the cauliflower and chili oil to a flatbread pizza, or pita with garlic hummus.
RAY RAY’S HOG PIT + CONDADO’S TACOS
Ray Ray’s Pork Rinds + Guacamole
Light and crispy pork rinds are the perfect scoop for the smooth and creamy traditional guacamole at Condado’s Tacos. I have yet to try it with the pineapple and chipotle guac, but I’m betting it would be good stuff. Maybe next time.
ANGRY BAKER CAKES & PASTRIES +
JENI’S ICE CREAMS
Vegan Trail Mix Cookies + Salted Honey Ice Cream
This combo is practically a health food. Two scoops between two cookies and freeze. Want to go full vegan? Try the double chocolate chip cookies with Jeni’s Blackcurrant Lambic or Dark Chocolate Truffle.
SCHMIDT’S + TIP TOP KITCHEN
Bahama Mama + Ohio Nachos
Housemade potato chips, melted cheese, and the full fat and flavor of
a Schmidt’s Bahama Mama, sliced on top. It’s meat and potatoes, folks. The diced tomatoes, green onions, jalapenos and sour cream top it off perfectly. Another option is the Haystack, same thing but with french fries for the chips. Ain’t nothing wrong with that. •