People eat three times a day to prevent mouthy mouths from brashly blurting out their distaste for the rest of the digestive system. Today's Groupon prevents inner-system quarreling by subduing chatty cheeks with mobile eats: for $6, you get $12 worth of burgers, sandwiches, fries, and other street fare at Café de Wheels, a rolling restaurant whose location varies daily.
Chef Michael Katz takes local breads and meats from vendors such as Avril-Bleh & Sons, Servatii Pastry Shop and Deli, and Shadeau Breads to concoct Café de Wheels' menu of portable biteables. Named one of the city's 40 best burgers by Cincinnati magazine, the Wheels burger piles tangy balsamic-onion marmalade, spicy mayo, and melted American cheese on a beefy patty ($5.50). The looming Tower of Power celebrates swine and bovine alike with three ounces of barbecue pulled pork delicately piled atop a burger patty, then smothered with cheddar, swaddled in a Servatii bun, and shown at the state fair ($7.50). Meat lovers can devour the classic Cincinnati Cuban (pork, ham, swiss cheese, grilled onions, dill pickle, and mustard, $6.50), whereas plant haters can devour the fruits of the soil with the savory portobello Philly (mixed mushrooms, peppers, onions, and provolone on a grilled Shadeau hoagie, $6.50). Side your sandwich with crispy feta fries ($3) and satisfy your sweet but whiny tooth with daily-changing desserts such as key lime pie or chocolate-pudding icebox cake ($1–$3).
All of Café de Wheels' fare is cooked to order inside its jet-black burger buggy, with sunny yellow seating nestled alongside the truck (when space allows). Café de Wheels accepts orders via phone, text message, email, and skywriting. Check the schedule or Twitter to track the truck.
Cincinnati magazine named Café de Wheels' Wheels Burger as one of the Top 40 burgers in Cincinnati. Eighty-nine percent of nearly 170 Urbanspooners recommend Café de Wheels and Yelpers give it a 4.5-star average rating.