The Top Nine Foodie Stops For Your Trip To Butler County, Ohio

September 24, 2019
Top Foodie Stops For Your Visit To Butler County, Ohio - JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Hey, y’all!

You might have read my post about the Butler County Donut Trail a couple of months ago. I’ve SO enjoyed seeing your emails, photos, and DMs as y’all have embarked on the delicious journey with your friends and family!

If you haven’t done the trail yet, no worries – it’s here to stay and you can go at your leisure. However, you might want to book a hotel room and prepare for a food-filled trip after this blog post. While the Donut Trail is most definitely a highlight, there’s so much food and culture to be found in Butler County, Ohio. Here are my tips:

Have Lunch at Cozy’s Café & Pub

6440 Cin-Day Rd.

Liberty Township, OH 45044

The best way to describe Cozy’s is, well, cozy. Fitting, right? Whether you eat in the farmhouse-inspired dining rooms, in the pub section, or out on their gorgeous patio, you are sure to have a warm, fun-filled time. Cozy’s menu focuses on farm-to-table dining, with recipes that are simple, yet elevated, and extremely satisfying. This is a must-stop on your visit to Butler County! Oh, and two words: carrot cake. Order it, thank me later. They’re famous for it!

Grab an Ice Cream Cone at The Cone

6855 Tylersville Rd. #1415

West Chester Township, OH 45069

The Cone is an immaculate, preserved piece of Roadside Americana – something that you don’t see often, and even more rare is seeing it done well. This, however, is an amazing example. It was clear that this was a local favorite, as it was packed; after one taste of the ice cream, I understood why. Jude and I loved it – especially the cherry-dipped, which reminds me of my childhood!

Top Foodie Stops For Your Visit To Butler County, Ohio - JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Visit Jungle Jim’s International Market

5440 Dixie Hwy.

Fairfield, OH 45014

If you haven’t been to Jungle Jim’s, run. Don’t walk.

The International Market is one of the most impressive (and fun!) stores that I have ever visited. The size of the selection is impressive enough. Bleu cheese? Yeah, there’s almost 100 of them. Butter? An entire bar of it. I was also very impressed by the Asian food section, produce, and seafood.

Top Foodie Stops For Your Visit To Butler County, Ohio - JC Phelps of JCP Eats


Order a Beer at Grainworks

7790 Service Center Dr. Suite B

West Chester Township, OH 45069

Grainworks Brewing Company was another highlight of my stay. I had the opportunity to meet one of the owners and to learn of his passion, dedication, and devotion made the beer taste even better. To quote, “Built on the same soil from which Cincinnati’s greatest breweries harvested their grain, Grainworks Brewing pours that rich history into every glass. It’s beer with a heritage. It’s beer with a soul” — and I couldn’t agree more.

Have Coffee and a Sandwich at Java Johnny’s

3534 Central Ave.

Middletown, OH 45044

Java Johnny’s is a friendly, unassuming coffee shop in Middletown. Perfect for a stop along the Donut Trail, it’s a lovely, cozy place to relax and decompress. Java Johnny’s roasts their own coffee beans, which makes for a flavorful cup of Joe. And while the coffee was great, the highlight was the chicken salad croissant. Hear me out: I’m a chicken salad addict (some might say snob) – and their version is some of the best that I have ever had. It was definitely one of the, if not the, most delicious meals that I had on my visit to Ohio.

Top Foodie Stops For Your Visit To Butler County, Ohio - JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Top Foodie Stops For Your Visit To Butler County, Ohio - JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Indulge in BBQ at Combs BBQ

2223 Central Ave.

Middletown, OH 45044

Combs BBQ is a funky BBQ shop in Middletown that is counter-served and finger lickin’ good. While the decor is eclectic, the food is classic; their slow-cooked meats = where it’s at, y’all. Don’t miss the pulled pork, which was my favorite; I also had a rack of ribs!

Eat at Northstar Café and Explore the Liberty Center

7610 Sloan Way

Liberty Township, OH 45069

There’s a reason that Northstar Café has grown to have five locations – and upon dining there, you’ll understand. Northstar chooses locally grown, organic, and artisan-produced foods that aid in protecting the environment, while also supporting producers with sustainable practices. In my opinion, that makes for even better food! From buddha bowls, to artisan pizzas, to sandwiches, and pimento cheese – there’s something at Northstar Café for everyone. And if you’re at this location, explore the Liberty Center afterwards. It’s an area chock-full of shopping, eateries, and some great murals!

Take a Cooking Class at the Learning Kitchen

7659 Cox Ln.

West Chester Township, OH 45069

I took my first cooking class at the Learning Kitchen – and it was a fantastic experience. The class size was small, which led to having a lot of individualized attention from the chef. Our theme, Shrimp Three Ways, produced three dishes that have been easily replicable in my own kitchen. That’s what I appreciated most – not only do you get a meal out of the experience, but you get skills that you can apply at a later time.

I have to say it again: Embark on the Donut Trail!

It’s delicious. Sinfully delicious. And it can be completed in one day. For more information on completing the Donut Trail – and I implore that you do this – click here.


Butler County, Ohio is full of adventure – what are you waiting for?

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living.

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,


FTC: This post was sponsored by the Butler County Visitors Bureau. However, as always, all opinions are my own.

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