Iconic Restaurants of Butler County, Ohio

Iconic Restaurants of Butler County, Ohio

by Teri Horsley

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Butler County has concocted fine food and finer memories for generations. Isgro's dished out succulent Italian to locals and celebrities alike, including Frank Sinatra and numerous Cincinnati Reds players. Starting off as a Prohibition speakeasy, Nitchtings later evolved into a high-end supper club where many prominent politicians debated the issues of the day. Hickory Hut made its name serving delicious American casual food to fiercely loyal regulars, some of whom ate there three times a day. For decades, fans of Milillos and Chester's have argued which is the best pizza in town, a debate that continues today. Join local food writer Teri Horsley as she explores the history of Butler County's most beloved eateries and the stories behind them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439666906
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 05/27/2019
Series: American Palate
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

As a former restaurant critic and food reporter for the Cox Ohio Newspaper Group, Teri Horsley spent much time with Butler County-area chefs learning the secrets behind their great meals and helping them take their message to the public. She also wrote hundreds of articles for local, regional and national magazines. Her first book, The Milders Inn of Fairfield, Ohio: Gangsters, Baseball, and Fried Chicken, was published by The History Press in 2016.

Table of Contents

Preface 7

Acknowledgements 9

Prologue 11

Part I Pizza, Fine Dining and the Italian Connection

1 From Ellis Island to Butler County 17

2 Milillo's Pizza 21

3 Chester's Pizza 29

4 Isgro's Ristorante Italiano 36

5 Schiavone's Casa Mia Italian Restaurant 47

Part II The Supper Club Era

6 Butler County Joins the Social Dining Movement 55

7 Nichting's Supper Club 58

8 The Manchester Inn and Conference Center and Waldo's Supper Club 64

9 The Eaton Manor and Shady Nook 70

Part III Casual American Food and Popular Diners

10 Light on Formality, Heavy on Comfort: Casual American Dining 79

11 Richard's Pizza 81

12 The Hickory Hut 89

13 The Meadows, Andy's Restaurant and Hyde's 94

Part IV Ice Cream, Hot Dogs and Drive-In Dining

14 The Arrival of the Drive-In Restaurant and the Creamy Whip 107

15 Jolly's Drive-In 110

16 The Jug 115

17 Flub's 119

18 The Cone 123

Epilogue 129

Note from the Author 133

Bibliography 135

Index 141

About the Author 143

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