Expect Appalachian goodness like corn cobs, crawdads and pickle jars


Photo courtesy of Rambling House

This Wednesday, June 3 Paddy Wagon food truck will open the newest of its Jailhouse restaurants in the kitchen of Rambling House Soda. Titled Jailhouse Roots, the new pop-up will operate the same hours as Rambling House, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.Wednesday through Saturday and 7-11 p.m. Sunday.

Paddy Wagon "Sherriff" Zach James says the kitchen takeover came about through mutual interest. Rambling House owners John and Jen Lynch moved their soda production off-site to a larger facility last year. The move opened up the building's kitchen, and because Paddy Wagon trucks had served at Rambling House in the past, James expressed interest in a more permanent arrangement.

James says the menu will focus on sharable bar snacks. Some of the "Most Wanted" items from the truck - sandwiches, tacos, brisket nachos, taquitos - will be featured alongside what James calls "Appalachian roots food." This includes things like crawdads and corn cobs, or pickle jars with eggs, cauliflower and the like. James says they'll also work with slow-cooked honey ham in a play on the ham and cheese specials. He says, too, that in the future they may incorporate Rambling House sodas in some of their recipes.

Jailhouse Roots is their third brick-and-mortar location overall. The first, Jailhouse Rock inside Little Rock Bar, celebrates its one-year anniversary soon. Paddy Wagon also ran the kitchen at Scarlet and Grey Cafe temporarily, but James says they handed off the kitchen to another food cart.

Nicholas Dekker writes about breakfast at breakfastwithnick.com and authored the guidebook "Breakfast With Nick: Columbus," with a second edition coming in 2015. He leads breakfast and brunch tours for Columbus Food Adventures and brewery tours for Columbus Brew Adventures.