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A Taste of Julia's


6025 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, 513-942-1800 or 513-860-5854, www.atasteofjulias.com

When Julia Pitts was bringing up her two sons, the chefs at McDonald's and Burger King cooked for the kids as often as she did. With both Pitts and her husband juggling full-time careers and their sons' tightly packed schedule of sporting and school events, home-cooked meals weren't always an option.

"We spent a lot of time at fast-food places between soccer games and basketball practices," Pitts says. "I know what it's like not to have the time to provide a good home-cooked meal for your family, and we didn't have any (restaurants) where we could go in and have a home-cooked meal."

Pitts opened A Taste of Julia's so other families wouldn't have that same problem.

After more than four decades spent in business management and human resources for companies such as AT&T and Procter & Gamble, Pitts dropped out of the corporate workforce seven years ago to turn her cooking into a full-time job. She'd already been working part-time as a caterer for 30 years, a profitable sideline she continues today.

Pitts' menu is filled with down-home Southern favorites such as fried chicken, meatloaf and collard greens. On the weekends, customers have a chance to try them all as A Taste of Julia's offers up an all-you-can-eat buffet.

"It's an opportunity for people to experience all of the types of foods that we offer," Pitts says. "My goal is for people to enjoy a good home-cooked meal, and when they leave, they leave feeling satisfied."

HOURS: Open 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

MENU SAMPLER

ENTREES: Homemade meatloaf, served in a rich tomato sauce ($9)

DESSERTS: Sweet potato pie ($2.50 slice, $15 whole)

SANDWICHES: Fried pork chop ($4, add lettuce, tomato and/or slice of onion for $1)

SIDE DISHES: Collard greens, sweet potato casserole, fried okra and steamed cabbage are among the choices ($2.50 per side)

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