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Roy Rogers - east of Cincy

Has anyone else discovered this little treasure that harkens back to the days when fast food really tasted good? A friend and I make the 70+ mile trip several times a year from Dayton to the eastside of Cincinnati to eat at this independently owned Roy Rogers Restaurant. These may be the best fast food burgers and fries made. There so good, I've never even tried the roast beef or chicken.

The building and menu are pretty much as they were 35 years ago when Roy Rogers first entered the S/W Ohio market (the building has never been changed). It located on Rt. 32 just west of the Eastgate Mall. I thought I was nuts about going here until I ran into an old high school friend who said he and his wife stop every time they visit their daughter who lives in the area.

Has anyone else tried this place?

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  1. I have. It was all right. It seemed just like Hardee's to me. Ham on a burger does separate them from other places around Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana. I do believe that is the sole Roy Rogers left in Ohio.
    Roy rogers has a couple places on the Pennsylvania turnpike. I beieve headquarters are now in Frederick, Maryland. There were a couple RR franchises in that area.

    1. I do the same. We make a special trip from Dayton to Roy's 3 or 4 times a year and stop there wherever we are anywhere near the area. The roast beef sandwiches are great, especially with the BBQ sauce. The roast beef sandwiches are made from REAL cuts of beef, not processed, pressed meat like at Arby’s that has the texture and flavor of cardboard.

      I thought I was alone in this obsession till one time we ran into a group of 6 guys who had made a special trip from Indianapolis for sandwiches.

      I miss the old days when there were four or five restaurants in Dayton and I’d have Roy’s two or sometimes three times a day.

      It’s 10:00 in the morning and my mouth is watering! LOL!

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      1. re: rstevens

        Just saw you response, a friend and I make the 70 mile trek several times a year. I was telling another friend some time ago, and he said he and his wife stop there every time they visit their daughter in Batavia. The owner knows us and makes sure our burgers and fries are made fresh. I figure I'll hear from my buddy some time soon saying it's time to go to Roy's again.

      2. I live 10 minutes from that Roy Rogers and haven't been there in at least 10 years. I will have to stop by one day and try a burger.

        1. roy rogers...wow...haven' t heard or seen that one since my days as a child growing up back east :) if i saw one..i'd go just for nostalgia's sake!

          -jenn-

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          1. re: hhsoul35

            thanks for giving us the tip on the Roy Rogers.

            ~~have driven by it several times but had no idea it had such a fan club! so it pains me to know we have been missing out on it these past 6 years we've lived here in Anderson Twp!

            Will check it out tomorrow!

          2. I posted about this location a few months ago. I started picking up carryout there after client meetings. The roast beef is a big reason to try this place. It tastes as good or better than something made in a deli.

            The sad thing is, in the 70s Arby's sandwiches were on the same level as this stuff and one used to take "authentic" fast food pretty much for granted. Red Barns were also awesome.

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            1. re: donw9876

              I was there a couple of weeks ago and for a change I tried the roast beef instead of the burger. I couldn't believe how good it tasted! As far as the burgers, this place doesn't do anything special to them - no angus beef, no fancy toppings, but they cook them fresh and they don't sit under the heat lamp very long or not at all. It's a throwback to a time when all fast food was better.

              1. re: jackrugby

                Well, I'm here to report that my husband and I drove over (4 miles) to the Roy Rogers at Eastgate for lunch. He ordered a hamburger (I think with bacon?) and I ordered the fish sandwich (it's Lent). Both were good and I especially liked it that they had bins of lettuce and tomato so you could use as much as you like.

                My husband fell in love with the place and has been raving about it to our kids. I think it was all the photos of Roy and Dale on the counters that he connected with. The funny thing was that everyone in the joint were men his age (50 to 60) except for 2 women my age (and we won't tell that). I don't think I recognized any of you Chowhounders there, though!

                And another observation: the place must be a cash machine for the family that owns it. They were really busy with a line of about 15 cars at the take out window (and of course they haven't spent a cent on capital improvements or redecoration since Roy was alive so everything must be profit).

                Anyway, fun place to eat lunch.

                1. re: dumas

                  I completely agree, especially about the capital improvements part. When I was rang up there last week the gals at the counter had to beat on the cash register just to open the change drawer. :)

                  1. re: donw9876

                    It may be a cash machine for the owner, but that owner is there everytime I'm there. He must work everday of the week and rarely takes a vacation.