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May 17, 2011 11:11 AM

Oxford, Ohio

Apart from the Skyline Chili location on High St., does Oxford have any eatery or food shop that I'd be hard-pressed to find in New York City? Apart from Graeter's ice cream, is there any regional food I should be looking out for?

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  1. What are you really looking for? Oxford is a small college town not really close to anything.
    Kona Bistro, on High, is pretty good for what it is, quite eclectic for the area.

    A couple of the breakfast places, like the Oxford Diner, may serve goetta for breakfast. Which is easiest described as kind of being like scrapple.

    Oxford Diner
    5280 College Corner Pike, Oxford, OH 45056

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    1. re: Fibber McGee

      I'm not looking for anything in particular, just hoping to find out about the things I don't know that I don't know. Being aware that I should look for goetta, a name I'd heard in passing some years back, is very helpful, thanks.

      Dave Cook

    2. I was in Oxford twice for training in 1992. They fed us. You might try eating on the Miami U campus. They do have a culinary program and the food was not bad at all. Other than that we went to some bar near a movie theater.

      If it was me, I'd have a 3-way at Skyline!

      1. Its been over 5 years since I was at school down there but the places I frequented are:

        Bagel and Deli is uniquely Oxford/Miami U. They have bagel sandwiches that are then steamed to turn into a hot gooey mess. Pretty solid, especially late at night if you've had a few cocktails.

        Steinkeller's on High Street is decent with the standard German fare. The best thing is the beer selection. The place is kind of hidden in a dark basement/dungeon so if you walk out and its still bright out you'll have an adjustment. Awesome Happy Hour.

        La Bodega is a nice deli on High Street with pretty good sandwiches

        Uptown Cafe was a good breakfast place on high street, very small and usually crowded.....not sure if it still exists though.

        Smoking Ox: bbq and beers

        Most places in Oxford aren't something that you can't get elsewhere and are catering to a college crowd. Keep in mind this is a very small college town and you'll enjoy it for the good atmosphere and beautiful campus.

        La Bodega
        11 W High St, Oxford, OH 45056

        15 E High St, Oxford, OH 45056

        High Street
        1401 Reading Rd Ste 1, Cincinnati, OH 45202

        1. Wow, Oxford. I haven't been there since our son graduated in 2007. It is indeed a lovely midwestern college town, but no restaurant that would be of interest to a New Yorker. There was one place we liked that had High Street in its name - High Street Cafe or something similar, but no big deal compared to a New York spot. When our son graduated we took him to a Cameron Mitchell place north of Cincinnati. Again, no big deal, although it impressed our poor college student son. Cincinnati is pretty close and you may want to ask about places there. That being said, there is a place you should definitely check out - Jungle Jims, a mammoth grocery emporium with huge variety of ethnic foods, beer, wine, etc. They have , e.g., a great selection of Belgian Ales, hot sauces, and anything else you can think of.

          Jungle Jim's Cafe
          1923 N Peoria Rd, Springfield, IL 62702

          Cameron Mitchell Restaurants
          515 Park St, Columbus, OH 43215

          High Street
          1401 Reading Rd Ste 1, Cincinnati, OH 45202

          New Yorker Bar
          645 N James Lovell St, Milwaukee, WI 53233

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            1. re: Fibber McGee

              I just remembered - High Street Grill. Is it still open?

              High Street Grill
              310 South High Street, Columbus, OH 43215

          1. If you are going to be living in Oxford, and you have access to a car, I strongly suggest you visit Jungle Jim's grocery store in nearby Fairfield, OH. It's about a 20 min drive, and I guarantee you don't have any markets like this in NYC. It is HUGE with a live pond for their fish, every kind of meat, dairy and produce imaginable. My nephew, who is vegan, makes a weekly trip to JJ to stock up his apartment in Miami U for the week.


            Jungle Jim's Cafe
            1923 N Peoria Rd, Springfield, IL 62702