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Nick Hiltbrand

Food I Miss!

Don't get me wrong, I love it up here in Findlay... Love my job, my friends up here and a whole lot of other things. I lived in Columbus for the better part of 21 years and there was a few food joints that I was raised on/grew to love that aren't up here that I miss dearly. Some of you can read this as my whining, but others can take this as a recommendation of what food to try next time you're in the state's capital...


Chains: The first two that come to mind are Skyline Chili and White Castle (I know, ugh right?). I am certainly not claiming these to be the healthiest choices among restaurants, but there are a lot of places that fall under this category. There aren't too many days that go by where I couldn't go for some sliders or some chili with a mountain of fluffy cheese packed on top. If you've never been to either before here's what I get.


Skyline: A 3-way (Noodles, chili, cheese) and a coney (bun, hot dog, chilli, onions, mustard and cheese). Probably their two most signature dishes, and having a lot of family from Cincinnati it was probably in my blood to love these.


White Castle: Sliders (Or White Castles as they are officially called which is just a burger with onions and pickles), Jalepeno cheesburgers (burger with spicy cheese on it), Bacon cheeseburgers and then onion chips. Onion chips are my favorite side at any fastfood place bar none, if you like onion rings you HAVE to try these!


Now on to the local joints:


Pizza: Romeos, Flying Pizza, Adriaticos, Catfish Biffs and Masseys are all great


J Gumbos: If you like Cajun food, this is like the Chipotle of Cajun food.


Gooeyz: One of the most original restaurant ideas I've seen. It's a grilled cheese place and it's amazing


Schmidts: German food. Brats, Sausages, Bahama Mamas. It's all amazing (featured on Man vs. Food)


Thurman Cafe: HUGE burgers, probably the best burger I've ever had in my life (also on Man vs. Food)


Piada: A semi-chain by now cause it's blowing up so much, like an Italian chipotle with all sorts of great pastas


Bucca di Beppo: Amazing Italian food. Probably not the best place to go on a date cause the portions are enormous (smallest dish of about anything is meant to feed about 2-3 people), but great to take a lot of people too and share all the different dishes!


Figlios: My dad's favorite spot


BJ's Brewhouse: Kind of a classier Fridays? They make their own beer too and It's incredible!



... Well now I'm starving so I'm going to stop. If any of you have anything here in town to recommend I'm all ears! I've been wanting to try all the local fare I can. You know how to get a hold of me!


- Nick

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