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 Pasta
. 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 expensive.
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.