Total Juice Plus (631 Vine St., Downtown, 513-784-1666)
has been serving natural fruit smoothies, wraps and fresh squeezed
juices to the weekday downtown population for over a decade. Emil
Mallat has been the owner for the past six years. With only two other
employees, he does it all — from cooking, cleaning and managing to
doing the books and promoting. He’s experienced enough to know that
when something is working, you shouldn’t mess with it. I wondered if
anything new was going on at the restaurant. Mallat thought hard. “New?
Not really. Everything we make here is good,” he said. And we believe
him. After all, they’ve racked up quite a few “Best of Cincinnati”
accolades over their many years in business.
CityBeat: What was the last great meal you had and where did you have it?
Emil Mallat: The last meal that I ate outside of
my restaurant was at Rock Bottom, and that was the Southwestern Chicken
That was the last good meal that I had out. I don’t go out and
eat; I make my own food usually. My last great meal was made by me … I
feed myself because I don’t trust anyone else really. That, and it’s
CB: Is there a smoothie that can cure a hangover?
EM: I wouldn’t like to say that there’s a hangover
cure, but if you’re hungover you’re going to be deficient in a few
things. I can give you an answer — The Energy Boost. You can put that
in any one of our smoothies. It’s a concoction of ginseng, B12
vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, oat bran (it calms the digestive system
down), soy protein and a little bit of wheat bran. It’s very good on
the stomach and I’ve never heard anyone complain about the taste of it,
so that’s another good thing.