Wonton soup at Numprik Thai Lao
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9 Butler County Food Stops

These casual spots offer great places to grab tasty eats and delicious drinks while visiting the area’s many attractions.

Numprik Thai Lao, Monroe
Numprik Thai Lao is a locally owned spot that serves authentic Thai and Laotian cuisine. Much of the menu is vegan, vegetarian and gluten free-friendly, and dishes can be adjusted to customers’ preferred spice levels. Look for hearty offerings like crispy vegetable spring rolls, tom yam soup, papaya salad, Pad See Ewe noodles, Thai fried rice, green curry and many more. For a perfect summer grab-and-go treat (and to top off your flavorful meal), order the restaurant’s unique fried banana dessert. The banana is wrapped in a spring roll sheet with coconut flakes and sesame seeds, then fried and topped with honey. And, of course, you can always add a scoop of ice cream. 214 S. Main St., Monroe 45050, 513/360-7709, numprikthailao.com

The Frost Factory, Liberty Township
The Frost Factory at Liberty Center lets you create your own slushie with flavors that appeal to kids and adults alike. The shop features pre-set combinations or you can build your own blend of flavors. Non-alcoholic fan favorites include the salted caramel latte, cotton candy-flavored Unicorn Magic and strawberry basil lemonade. Adults are welcome to add their favorite booze to slushies. Try a shot of vanilla vodka in the Orange Dream or a bit of tequila in the sweet and spicy mango habanero. Liberty Center is also a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, so you can take your slushie to go. 7547 Bales St., Liberty Township 45069, 513/644-0170, facebook.com/thefrostfactoryliberty

Conchas at Panaderia La Mexicana (photo courtesy of Butler County Visitors Bureau)
Panaderia La Mexicana, Fairfield
The family-run Panaderia La Mexicana has been in business for more than 20 years, crafting pastries, cakes, breads, empanadas and other authentic Mexican treats. In addition to a warm welcome, diners are treated to wonderful smells of fresh-baked breads and joyful Latin tunes when they walk through the door. Owner Luis Leon and his family feature recipes from west-central Mexico. Highlights include the beautifully intricate conchas, lightly sweet donuts, cinnamon-dusted churros, decadent cheesecakes, colorful gelatins and crusty breads. One of the specialties is the intricate custom tres leches cake. The rich and custardy creation comes expertly decorated for holidays, birthdays, weddings or really any occasion. 6503 Dixie Hwy. #5423, Fairfield 45014, 513/942-5065, panaderiamex.com

The Jug, Middletown
Generations of diners have made The Jug in Middletown a favorite stop for old-fashioned, nostalgic treats. First opened in 1932, the local institution serves burgers, hot dogs, fries and root beer floats in an old school, drive-in setting, complete with car hops dashing out to your vehicle to take your order. Pull into a numbered parking spot and try a few of the classics here: from cheeseburgers to chili dogs and waffle fries to chicken nuggets. Signature eats include the Jug Boy with a middle bun, cheese, lettuce, pickle and tartar sauce, as well as the Middle Burger with peanut butter, honey, bacon and pickle. Enjoy these classics from the comfort of your parked car or take them on the road. 3610 Central Ave., Middletown 45044513/424-1677, thejugburger.com

Fried chicken in a waffle cone at Chick'ncone (photo courtesy of Butler County Visitors Bureau)
Chick’nCone, Hamilton
Forks and knives are overrated, right? The delightful new Chick’nCone franchise in downtown Hamilton lets you skip the utensils and enjoy tender, air-fried chicken served in a hand-rolled waffle cone. It’s the perfect carryout food: a giant cone loaded with crispy fried chicken and served with sides like Caj’nCorn or mac and cheese. Guests can order sauce on the side or tossed onto the chicken (choices include BBQ, Yella BBQ, Peri Peri, Kick’nRanch, Buffalo Blue and Cinna-Maple). Located in a new development across from Marcum Park, Chick’nCone falls within Hamilton’s Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, which means visitors can order their chicken cones plus a beer or margarita, then stroll the district. 134 Riverfront Plaza, Hamilton 45011, 513/889-3075, chickncone.com

Bagel & Deli Shop, Oxford
Bagel & Deli Shop has been an Uptown Oxford staple since 1975, serving generations of visitors and Miami University students. The shop features more than 90 creatively named steamed bagel sandwiches, from the Hungry Heifer (with roasted beef and smoked cheddar) to the Bowler’s Bagel (with corned beef, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onions, mayo and horseradish). Want to get your very own bagel sandwich added to the shop’s menu? Bagel & Deli encourages you to come up with a unique combination and make your own sign for it. They may hang up the sign, and if the bagel sells “extremely well,” they just might make it permanent. 119 E. High St., Oxford 45056, 513/523-2131, bagelanddeli.com

Doughnuts at Martin's Donut Shop (photo courtesy of Butler County Visitors Bureau)
Martin’s Donut Shop, Trenton
The family-run Martin’s Donut Shop sits in a bright pink building on a corner in Trenton. It’s one of more than a dozen stops on the popular Butler County Donut Trail, opening at 4 a.m. for its loyal patrons. Regulars know to arrive early for the best variety. While you make your doughnut selections, check out the production area through the glass windows. Select from soft glazed donuts, cinnamon rolls, chocolate-filled yeast shells, apple fritters, bacon-topped long johns or rectangular fried croissants. For a special treat, try the banana pudding doughnut or any of the seasonal flavors. 4 W. State St., Trenton 45067, 513/988-0883, facebook.com/martinsdonutshop

Specialty coffee drink at Village Perks (photo courtesy of Butler County Visitors Bureau)
Village Perks, Seven Mile
Situated along Main Street in Seven Mile, Village Perks features a variety of organic fair-trade roasts alongside frappes, smoothies and hot or iced teas. Pick up your coffee to go, or stay and catch up with friends at this community gathering spot. Order a strong brewed coffee, a shot of espresso, a cappuccino or one of Village Perks’ many flavored lattes, and grab a toasted bagel, breakfast sandwich, wrap, salad or even a scoop of ice cream. If it’s your first time visiting, the signature Honey Bee Latte is a popular choice. It’s warm, frothy and lightly sweetened with a touch of honey. 315 N. Main St., Seven Mile 45062, 513/262-0313, facebook.com/thevillageperksllc

The Cone, West Chester
You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see the line of cars snaking around the parking lot at The Cone. This West Chester institution has been delighting families with its signature soft-serve ice creams since 1973. Offerings include a classic soft-serve twist, house-made orange sherbet, candy-topped sundaes, buckeye parfaits, shakes and banana boats. The house specialty is the Wizzard, a blend of ice cream and your choice of candies, chocolate chunks or cake batter. Or try one of The Cone’s Specialty Wizzards, like Banana Cream Pie, Tiramisu or Oreo Explosion. 6855 Tylersville Rd., West Chester 45069, 513/779-7040, thecone.com 

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