Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Hattie J's - American food in Trotwood
This is not a fancy place. It is basic and clean. While I was there eating, several people came in, but they got takeout. I got the feeling that a good number of the clients are looking for something they can grab quickly and go, yet have a meal that seems home cooked.
The setup is really more like a Subway than a sit down restaurant. You move along and tell them what you want, and they quickly get it for you. You don't have dozens of choices - there are about 9 total, including the sides. I guess you could argue that this is a lot smaller selection than is typical, but I suppose it is better to do a great job on a few things than to try many and not excel at any of
The owner and cook, Standford Nelson, told me that the restaurant has been open for about 7 months now. Back in 1974 he opened a restaurant shortly after moving back to the area, so this is his second time as an eatery proprietor. He decided to open Hattie J's after retiring last year. I also asked about an ice cream bar that I saw inside the restaurant, and was told it would be up and running once the weather has warmed up a bit more.
If you like fish, then come by and try the swai! (marinated pork chops are pretty good, too)
846 E. Main Street
Trotwood, Ohio 45426
Telephone: (937) 837-1212
hours: 11-8 every day except Thursday, when they are closed
note: Entertainment Book online has a "buy 1 menu item, get one free, up to $6 value" coupon
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