Nostalgic restaurants in North Miami Valley

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Hours: Monday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Since 1934, the Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe has been serving their iconic Loose Meat Sandwich (it’s been described as a Sloppy Joe minus the gravy). While it has become famous for its sandwiches, ice creams and shakes, the Greenville institution has also gained national attention for a tradition initiated by its patrons. For decades, visitors to the Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe have had a tradition of sticking their chewing gum on the exterior walls of the restaurant.

K’s Hamburger Shop

K’s hamburger Shop, Troy. – 1930s photo of K’s with the brothers in front of the store.

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Credit: None

Place: 117 E. Main St., Troy

Hours: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Sunday.

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A trip to the K’s Hamburger Shop is like stepping into a time machine. The restaurant, open since 1935 in downtown Troy, still retains the ambiance and decor of decades past. Guests can enjoy delicious on-site ground beef burgers, milkshakes, malts, homemade soups, macaroni salads and more nostalgic dishes.

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Kewpee burgers

Kewpee Hamburgers, located in Lima, has been serving cult burgers since 1928.

Kewpee Hamburgers, located in Lima, has been serving cult burgers since 1928.

Credit: Kewpee Hamburgers Facebook

Credit: Kewpee Hamburgers Facebook

Place: 2111 Allentown Road, 111 N. Elizabeth St. and 1350 Bellefontaine Ave. in Lima

Hours: Hours vary depending on location. Check the restaurant’s website for the opening hours for each location.

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In 1928, Hoyt. F “Stub” Wilson and his wife, June, opened the first Kewpee Hamburgers restaurant in downtown Lima. Over the past century, Kewpee Hamburgers has grown to include two more locations in the Lima area. The Lima chain has become famous for its burgers simply adorned with a pickle. (“Hamburg, pickle on top, rocks your heart”). The restaurant chain also serves fish sandwiches, simple breakfast foods like donuts and omelets, freshly baked pies, frosted malts, and frozen yogurt.

🍴Sam and Ethel in Tipp City

Sam and Ethel's in Tipp City has served famous breakfast dishes for decades.

Sam and Ethel’s in Tipp City has served famous breakfast dishes for decades.

Place: 120 E Main St., Tipp City

Hours: Monday to Saturday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Sam and Ethel’s was first opened by Bill and Flora Senseman in 1944. Then, more than a decade later, in 1957, Sam and Ethel Moore took over ownership of the restaurant and transformed it into the establishment. that locals know and love today. The original building, located at 120 E. Main St. in Tipp City, was built in 1868 and used as a shoe repair and ice cream parlor until it was converted into a restaurant.

The restaurant particularly appeals to those who claim breakfast as their favorite meal of the day. Sam and Ethel’s cuisine, like Large Fluffy Pancakes and Main Street Skillet, celebrates the first meal of the day with unparalleled ease. Those who prefer a comfortable breakfast will not be disappointed at Sam and Ethel’s in downtown Tipp City.

The spot restaurant

Rob Lowe and his dad eat a burger and pie lunch at The Spot in Sidney during a visit in 2019.

Rob Lowe and his dad eat a burger and pie lunch at The Spot in Sidney during a visit in 2019.

Credit: Michael Jannides

Credit: Michael Jannides

Place: 201 S. Ohio Ave, Sidney

Hours: Open every day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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The Spot Restaurant was first established by Spot Miller in 1907. At the time, Miller was selling food from a cart he had set up at the corner of Court Street and Ohio Avenue in downtown Sidney. In 1934, a permanent building was erected at the same location. The building was renovated in 1941 after a fire destroyed the first permanent structure in 1940.

Since 1941, Spot Restaurant has served a mid-century modern vibe with delicious cheeseburgers, fillets, pies, homemade soup and frosted malts.

Fun fact: Rob Lowe’s grandfather from Dayton once owned the Spot restaurant and Lowe was spotted taking a walk or two in the past.

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🍴Restaurant & Caterer Mel-O-Dee

The Mel-O-Dee restaurant.  Bill Lackey / Staff

The Mel-O-Dee restaurant. Bill Lackey / Staff

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

Place: 2350 S. Dayton-Lakeview Road, New Carlisle

Hours: Open everyday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Their food is sure to put a mel-o-dee in your heart. Since opening in 1965, the Mel-O-Dee Restaurant in New Carlisle has served home-cooked dishes like Broaster Chicken, Fried Steak, Spaghetti, Liver and Onions. For decades, the restaurant has served as a gathering place for New Carlisle residents and loyal clientele.

Wot-A-Dog Drive-In

Wot-A-Dog Drive-In in New Carlisle.  FILE

Wot-A-Dog Drive-In in New Carlisle. FILE

Place: 603 S. Main St., New Carlisle

Hours: Open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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For decades, Wot-A-Dog Drive-In has been a summer staple in New Carlisle, serving famous coneys, burgers, fries, root beer in frosted mugs, root beer floats and milkshakes. These nostalgic items can be tasted at the restaurant or you can have them delivered to your vehicle by one of the restaurant’s carhops.

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Crabill’s Hamburger Shoppe in Urbana

Crabill's Hamburger Shoppe in Urbana has been serving cult dishes since 1927.

Crabill’s Hamburger Shoppe in Urbana has been serving cult dishes since 1927.

Credit: Crabill’s Hamburger Shoppe Facebook

Credit: Crabill’s Hamburger Shoppe Facebook

Place: 727 Miami Street, Urbana

Hours: Open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Forest Crabill began selling burgers from a small garage in 1927. In the years that followed, the family carried on Crabill’s legacy and eventually moved into the restaurant’s current building in 1989. Over the past century, Crabill’s has been one of Urbana’s most popular institutions, maintaining a long list of loyal customers who love to feast on the restaurant’s iconic burgers (which come with interesting condiment options, like brown mustard and sweet relish) , homemade soups and pies.

Currently, the restaurant only serves customers through their drive-through counter.

Bulldog Dinner

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Bulldog Diner is a long standing popular establishment in West Milton.

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Credit: Bulldog Diner Facebook

Place: 30 Lowry Drive, West Milton

Hours: Wednesday and Thursday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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Residents of West Milton and foreigners alike will find a bit of comfort at this long-standing establishment which serves a warm ambience, a wide selection of hearty breakfast items, homemade pies and delicious breakfast specials. and lunch.

Hussey Restaurant

Hussey Restaurant in Port Jefferson.

Hussey Restaurant in Port Jefferson.

Credit: Facebook of the Hussey restaurant

Credit: Facebook of the Hussey restaurant

Place: 8760 Broad Street, Port Jefferson

Hours: Wednesday and Thursday 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Located at the site of a pond and flour mill in Port Jefferson, Shelby County, is Hussey’s Restaurant, which serves delicious dishes like prime rib and an assortment of fruit platters from sea ​​since 1933.

Buffalo jack’s

Buffalo Jack's in Covington.  (Source: Facebook)

Buffalo Jack’s in Covington. (Source: Facebook)

Place: 137 S. High St., Covington

Hours: Monday to Thursday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Those looking for a truly unique dining experience will surely find it at Buffalo Jack’s in Covington. Along with its fairly non-traditional menu, which includes alligator, buffalo, elk, wild boar and venison-centric game dishes, guests will be treated to a very unique ambiance at the Miami County Restaurant. which is organized with taxidermized animals on the walls and a rustic charm straight out of the 70s.

Wooden shoe hostel

A menu item from The Wooden Shoe Inn, located in Minster.

A menu item from The Wooden Shoe Inn, located in Minster.

Credit: The Wooden Shoe Inn Facebook

Credit: The Wooden Shoe Inn Facebook

Place: 6 N. Main St., Minster

Hours: Tuesday to Thursday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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The Wooden Shoe Inn has been a Minster landmark since 1933. The long-standing establishment was renovated last year and now features a larger menu and updated dining area. Despite these changes, The Wooden Shoe Inn still retains a bit of nostalgia through its historic back bar which is filled with memories of the restaurant’s past.

Guests can expect to indulge in a range of German and American family-friendly dishes, from steaks and a special pizza to tenderloin, pork cutlets and German chocolate cake.

Loretta’s country kitchen

Loretta's country kitchen in Christiansburg.  BILL LACKEY / STAFF

Loretta’s country kitchen in Christiansburg. BILL LACKEY / STAFF

Place: 12 E. Pike Street, Christiansburg

Hours: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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In the mid-1980s, the Lyons Family Restaurant opened in Christiansburg. Meanwhile, Loretta Rhodes worked as a waitress at the establishment and spent nearly a decade attempting to open her own version of the Lyons Family Restaurant after the establishment closed. Finally, in 1998, Rhodes opened Loretta’s Country Kitchen. The restaurant specializes in serving home-made dishes and desserts for guests who want to ‘cook at home at the right price! “

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