springfield, oh update??
I've never been to Hickory Inn. If it's good, then it's the only place in town that I'd eat at. The rest of the stuff in Springfield is just not that good. I worked there for two years and figuring out where the heck to go to lunch every day was a constant struggle. If, on a daily basis, you're choosing between Quizno's and Subway, you know you're in trouble.
I agree in general that Springfield is not a chow town. But living here - you do what you can. Other possibilites besides Hickory Inn:
Coffee/Desserts: Coffee Expressions; Shuler's Bakery
Pizza: Short Stop (on the north side/whole wheat crust); Cassano's
Mexican: Mi Jalepeno
Lunch: J's Place (Jason is a local- went to culinary school in NY and makes great pretzel bread pizza and sandwiches; Fountain on Main -famous for their olive-nut sandwich; Mike & Rosy's-local deli and institution for Wittenberg and beyond; Simply Delicious-eclectic sandwiches
Dinner: Linardo's-Greek/Continental - rat-pack decor-still good
Hope this helps -the rest of Springfield is chains.
a quick update - we had three experiences eating out while in the area, although none in springfield! we looked for "east coast" pizza and tried marion's near dayton (big thumbs down from all). also tried haha pizza in yellow springs, which was closer to what we were looking for, although the crust was still what i would call a "cracker" crust. we also went to dinner in yellow springs at the winds cafe, which we all really enjoyed. http://www.windscafe.com/ the restaurant has a limited menu, but it has both small-plate and large-plate options, a reasonably priced wine list, and we had a helpful, knowledgeable, professional server.