Louie Pappas is ready to take Columbus to sundae school.
Pappas and his partner, Demetra Stefanidis, owners of Milo's Catering in Franklinton and other ventures, are the proprietors of Glazed Churro Bar, a food truck that specializes in the fried, crunchy snacks, covering them in unusual toppings and dunking them in vanilla soft-serve ice cream.
Pappas calls it a stylized sundae.
Some selections include cookies and cream, buckeye, Fruity Pebbles and strawberry shortcake. The raw churro dough, similar to a choux pastry, is freshly made and extruded from a machine the partners imported from Spain.
The soft-serve ice cream comes from Pierre's Ice Cream in Cleveland.
"You get the warm churro stick and the cold ice cream -- it's such a terrific mix," Pappas said.
Churro sundaes are $6 each. A box of four churros with a choice of flavorings is $4.
The menu is rounded out with salads, bowls (one pairing brisket, macaroni and cheese and other ingredients), a crispy buffalo-chicken sandwich and a pair of sides. Nothing costs more than $10.
"It changes," Pappas said of the menu. "It's seasonal. It rotates."
Another specialty is the taco cone -- traditional taco ingredients twisted in a flour-tortilla cone and deep-fried for a hand-held meal that isn't difficult to eat.
"A lot of the inspiration of the truck is to be different when we go to festivals," Pappas said.
Pappas and Stefanidis bought the truck last year and spent several months modifying it for their needs.
The truck rolled out in early April, appearing at only a few events, Pappas said.
It will now be set up from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays at Pins Mechanical Co., 141 N. Fourth St.
Brunch will be served from noon to 2:30 p.m., with lunch and dinner from 2:30 to 6 p.m.
The plan is to be on the street six days a week, Pappas said.
"I think at the end of the season we're going to find ourselves in a good spot. We're going to get in a good rhythm come May and June," he said.
The truck also will come in handy for catering events, the benchmark of the business, Pappas said.
"That's what we do," he said. "And this food truck gives us an opportunity to reach clients we couldn't before."
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Cinco has changed hands and emerged with a new name and menu.
New owner Francisco Garcia reopened the restaurant, now called Cinco Tacos, in the Huntington Plaza, 1 S. High St. Downtown.
Garcia, who also owns Holy Taco food truck, revamped the interior and put his own touch on the menu, which features customized tacos, burritos, salads, nachos and signature items.
Most entrees cost $8 to $12.
Cinco Tacos is open only for lunch hours for the time being.
"(Garcia is) really trying to incorporate an authentic Mexican experience in the food," said Jarad Barr, spokesman for the restaurant.
For those who think there is no such thing as too much bacon, the Ohio Pork Council's second Pork-a-Palooza will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, 236 Pennsylvania Ave. in Delaware.
Among the many types of pork -- ribs, pulled pork, sausage, maple-bacon ice cream and such -- vending-machine bacon will be available for $1.
Live music, educational discussions and a children's area will be part of the festivities.
Beer also will be served.
Admission is $6, free for children ages 12 and younger.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online at pork-a-palooza.com. Those who purchase tickets online will get a free punch card that will allow them to purchase $2 sampler items. Otherwise, the punch cards are $5.