Wednesday, December 11, 2002

At Julia's, food is down-homey

Take Out

By Mary Sanker
Enquirer contributor

The food doesn't get much homier than what you find at A Taste of Julia's in West Chester Township. A welcome change of pace in the land of fast food, this small, unpretentious storefront restaurant offers good, home-style cooking to take home or eat in the modest dining area with its cheerful vinyl tablecloths.

Either way, you will feel as if your mom or grandmother whipped up Sunday dinner just for you.

Select from a spread of side dishes such as green beans, collard greens, pinto beans, corn, sweet potatoes, cabbage and macaroni and cheese. Match two of these with something from the meat selections of chicken, ribs, meatloaf, catfish or pork chops. Order fried chicken or fish and it is cooked while you wait so there's no soggy breading from sitting around. Add a slab of Julia's corn bread and you have a feast.

Meals are reasonably priced. Weekday lunch (Tuesday-Friday) is $6.75 and after 3 p.m., dinner is $7.95. Weekends, the price is $7.95 all day. You can go lighter and get a sandwich and chips for $4, and Julia's offers salads for $2-$5.50.

Julia's does double duty as an ice cream parlor, selling milk shakes and sundaes made with Hershey's ice cream, but you can get homemade desserts, including cobbler and banana pudding ($3.50 large/$2 small). The afternoon I was there, sales were brisk for the dense, moist pound cake ($2). For drinks, you can try Julia's tea punch ($1.50) or select from bottled soda and water.

Everything is dished up in Styrofoam containers or plates, whether you eat in or take your dinner home. A Taste of Julia's caters, and you can fax your orders for a quick carryout dinner.

A Taste of Julia's CafÈ and Sweets 8095 Beckett Center Drive (off Ohio 747), West Chester TownshipPhone: 942-1800; fax: 942-6303.

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