Best Dining in Clermont County- #2 Miami Market
Let the countdown begin! We are nearing the end of covering the “Best Dining in Clermont County” but before we end we can’t forget about the most popular market in the county, Miami Market! For nearly 13 years Milford has been home to the beloved Miami Market. Miami Market isn’t considered your traditional sit down restaurant, but rather a market where you stop in for the hot plate special of the day or a quick cold cut and go on with your busy lives. Miami Market has done the cooking you wish you had time to do. They describe themselves as “Grandma’s cooking” and boy they are right! Miami Market has a variety of great options including the hot plate special of the day running Monday through Friday. And did I mention that all this food is homemade? Oh yeah! Miami Market releases a calendar of hot plate specials and these plates range from the most popular fried chicken, alongside some homemade meatloaf, chicken parmesan, chicken & dumplings and many more options that range throughout the months. In addition to their hot plate specials you can enjoy cold cut sandwiches, hot grilled sandwiches or indulge in their popular chicken salad. In fact, their chicken salad is so popular that they go through about 800 pounds a week! That’s a lot of chicken salad! Once you decide the direction of your meal you must choose a drink, which can be as hard of a decision as choosing what your meal was. Not only do they have traditional fountain drinks and bottles, but after a long day’s work you also have a wide variety of beers and wines to choose from. And finally, one cannot simply have a delicious meal without finishing with a dessert. Miami Market is known for their thick and rich brownies but they have many other options including cookies and carrot cake. Miami Market also offers a catering service for your bigger groups looking for a nice meal and don’t forget to check out their drive- thru when visiting. You can get a perfect meal without even getting out of your car. How awesome does that sound?
I was able to sit down with the owner, Herb, and hear his awesome story. Herb has been in the food service all his life and after many years in the corporate world he decided enough was enough. The property that Miami Market now sits on was once a small market and a place he held dear to his heart. When seeing a for sale sign on the property it really sparked an idea for Herb, which is now what we know as Miami Market. Herb was born, raised and currently lives in the Milford community and he felt opening this market was something the area needed. After a lot of construction work and planning Miami Market opened its doors nearly 13 years ago and has been a success story ever since. Herb still spends the majority of his time in the kitchen, which is where all your homemade meals are coming from. He also loves customer interaction and loves how many repeat customers they have on a weekly or even daily basis. Overall, Herb wanted to create a place with positive community interaction and a place that all people felt comfortable being at.
I decided to try Miami Market out myself and of course I decided to go on a Wednesday night to try their hot plate special, which just happens to be the ever so popular fried chicken. I wanted to see what the hype was all about. Here to find out, they were right! That fried chicken is amazing and deserves all the hype they can get. To start, when selecting my hot plate the customer gets to choose what they want for their main dish. For example, I got to choose between the different types of meat. The thigh, the breast, drumstick, etc. I thought that was a nice gesture to let the customer decide what they like the best. Next, I got to pick from a variety of sides. I went with the popular mashed potatoes and I had the option of corn or green beans. Once I selected my meal it was put together in a nice carry out container for convenience. I also decided to give in and try the brownie everyone has been talking about. If you have never had one, you owe it to yourself. The entire meal was delicious, the dinner was just cooked to perfection and I will jump on the bandwagon and say that is without a doubt the best fried chicken I have ever had. Not to mention, my sweet tooth was absolutely in love with my dessert.
Miami Market is a one stop shop for any meal and after you had it once you are guaranteed to be back again. You can visit their website at www.miami market.com to view their monthly calendar of hot plate specials.