Mazie’s (Soulful) Bites

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There is something very personal about the food at Mazie’s, it’s international soul food that satisfies and soothes, inspired by dishes found in Southern, Caribbean, Creole, and Latin cuisines. Their menu is equally comforting, eclectic, and as colorful as the lime green that coats their container.

The Owner & Chef of Mazie’s Bites is Chef Shana, a second career chef formerly an information technology executive who worked for IBM, Kellogg’s and HP. Searching to renew her spirit, Chef Shana took a dare from a friend to turn a passionate hobby of catering into a career move; she enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago, IL.

Upon graduating, Chef Shana took a six week leave from corporate America and moonlighted in Belize, trading her Chef skills for room & board. That experience confirmed her passion and skills to make the switch and she returned to the states, moved to Brooklyn, NY and launched her catering business full time. After an Urban Space representative tasted her food, she was asked to come to Dekalb Market and open a food container and voilà, Mazie’s Bites was born.

 

Turning to the food, the word on the street was that the fish tacos were something special. In fact, one market-goer told us, “I could eat them everyday.” So dutifully we did abide, ordering up a serving of the celebrated street food staple. We were not led astray, as the tacos were exceptional, encrusted in a slightly sweet, super crunchy coating. According to Chef Shana, these are based upon the Baja fish taco model. “To make our fish tacos extra crispy,” she says, “we bread it in tortilla chips with a hint of lime and our special seasoning.”

A solid crunch gives way to the delicate fish within, topped with a cool and crisp cilantro slaw, all nestled in a hearty flour tortilla.

Adhering to the theme of our sea-based star attraction, we decided that the Lobster Mac n’ Cheese, from the “Best Damn Mac & Cheese Bar” section of the menu, would play a nice supporting role. With hearty chunks of lobster meat, and a blend of gruyere, gouda, and cheddar, the mac takes on a pungent and unique flavor.

It was dusk on a Friday night, and sharing a few tacos over quality conversation, accompanied by a cold Six Point Sweet Action, sitting out in the open air of the market, it’s exactly the way a meal like this was meant to be enjoyed.

While for now, Dekalb is the only place to be for these taco treats, Mazie’s Bites plans to become a brick and mortar in the next year. It will be a full service kitchen & bar called Mazie’s. Stay tuned!

      



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