Credit: Combs BBQ

We are back with part two of our travel series in Butler County, Ohio, where they fed us with so much delicious food during our time there, that it was hard to fit into only one article!  The first feature detailed some of their best local eateries, including spots that served some tasty items like seafood, steak and even had us embarking on a MAJOR doughnut trail that we still wish we were on today.  This time around, we are concluding our foodie section of our trip with some tasty BBQ, burgers and more.

Take a look at the spots that rounded up our trip to this wonderful area in the Midwest, one of which actually bested any local BBQ spot in The Big Apple.  No joke.  Get your bibs ready, because you are definitely going to need it.

Credit: Combs BBQ

Combs BBQ: 2223 Central Avenue, Middletown

Something that has always frustrated me about Manhattan is that we don’t know how to make really good barbecue here.  We aren’t just simply talking about putting a steak on the grill and calling ourselves barbecue experts, the type that I’m referring to is where it takes an all day sort of thing to develop the right kind of fall of the bone, juicy flavors that everyone should experience when it comes to this type of cuisine.

Combs BBQ, which has a delightful yellow awning upon its entrance, is a quaint location in the middle of Butler County that served me and my friends some of the tastiest barbecue we have ever had.  The customer service was wonderful as that’s always a key point in going to any sort of establishment, and the food itself was out of this world good.  Their Pulled Pork Sandwich with a side of mac n’ cheese & coleslaw as well as their UNREAL Baby Back Ribs are just two examples of what makes this place so amazing.  If you are in the mood for something incredible when it comes to the enjoyment of a “finger licking good” mentality, then Combs is the place to go.  More info here.

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Bagel and Deli Shop: 119 E. High Street, Oxford

Bagel and Deli Shop is located pretty much on the campus of Miami University (not the one in Florida), as its variety of delicious sandwich options attract a bunch of their local students.

Their location, which has been open for over forty years now, boasts a menu that is hilarious to look at as some of the names are quite inventive and cheeky all at the same time (The Tonya Harding Club made me giggle upon first glance).  Their sandwiches are no joke, as they pack them to the brim with a bunch of delicious ingredients, such one called the Squid, which comes with meatballs, pepperoni, salami, provolone & pizza sauce on a Bialy.  Yum.  More info here.

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Jolly’s Drive-In: 210 N. Erie Highway, Hamilton

Jolly’s is a throwback in many ways, as it’s drive-in experience brings back many memories of when locations like this were popular back in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.  The process is simple: you drive up, order your food and one of the waitresses comes out and serves it to you (no roller blades, sadly).  Definitely a cute place to go to if you are in the mood for some nostalgia.  More info here.

Check back for part three next Monday, where we will discuss some of the best places that we went to for shopping in Butler County, Ohio!


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