The waitress brings the overflowing basket of breadsticks to the table, still steaming…. Then the look….. you glance at the others at the table. Should you grab a piece and risk being seen as rude? Do you pause and risk not getting one of the best breadsticks in the world? These are the kind of problems you will face at McGillicutty’s.
A popular Kettering icon, McGillicutty’s has always been known for their food and libations. Let’s face it, it’s bar food, and McGillicutty’s has some of the best in town. Whether it is Tuesday Night Trivia night, or lounging after a Softball game, it is the perfect place for a laid back Food Adventure.
For decades, the Food Adventures Crew has been hitting up McGillicutty’s for good eats, and here is the full scoop on this pub.
HERE’S THE SKINNY:
— The Kash family has been running McGillicutty’s since the early 1990’s, and are some of the friendliest hosts around.
— The location at 1980 E. Whipp Rd. was a former Noble Roman’s restaurant in the 1970’s and 80’s
— The smell of pizza dough hits you as you walk into the door, and the low key atmosphere is great. We know it is a family friendly tavern, but we prefer slinging back some drinks and grub with the adult crew.
— A solid group of regulars support the place from dart leagues to Tuesday Trivia (the best in town), and Sunday night Karaoke.
— They dont use deep fryers, they use pizza ovens to bake their menu items. The result is some inventive and delicious ways to enjoy various traditional favorites.
— Known for festival involvement, another big day for McGillicutty’s is St Patricks Day ! They go bananas on that holiday….
What is the best of this extensive menu? We’ve got the answers after years of research. Without further delay, we present our patented MUST EATS of McGillicuttys !
— PRETZELSTICKS (BREADSTICKS): When we say must eat, we mean it here. These are the best breadsticks we have ever tasted. Here is secret #1. They are called pretzelsticks on the menu, which means they are lightly salted. Secret #2 is that you must try them with the garlic butter sauce or the cream cheese sauce. Sure the nacho sauce is good and so is the marinara, but the garlic butter and the cream cheese are the top 2, no doubt. You won’t see these tips anywhere else, because nobody else knows about them, except you. Aren’t you glad to be our partners in food?
— THE PEPPERONI PIZZA: The pizza is the key. Thin crust, square cut Dayton style pizza. The sauce give McGillicutty’s it’s unique taste as does the cheese and the taste of the crisp dough edges. Deluxe pizzas are great, and loaded toppings are wonderful, but for some reason we keep coming back to the basic Pepperoni as our favorite. WARNING: the pizza is served ultra hot and we fight the urge and still burn our mouth from time to time. So.. beware !
— THE MEGA MUG: Long before Mexican restaurants or any other bar had the huge mugs, McGillicutty’s had the MEGA MUG. These 34 ounce mugs are perfect for ice cold draft beers, and MEGA MONDAY’s means they are only $3.50 for domestics. No matter what day it is, get a Mega Mug of draft beer with your pizza and breadsticks. So good, so cold, so thirst quenching…
— THE TEEZERS: Tater Tots with spicy cheese inside. A perfect opening to a McGillicutty’s visit. We have had others, but not like these. Maybe it is because they bake them instead of deep fry them. Maybe it is jalapeno cheese inside. Whatever the reason, we can’t stop eating these bad boys with a side of cream cheese!
— THE ITALIAN STEAK SANDWICH: Served in a basket with chips, you can get a half or whole sandwich. It is a cube steak with cheese and pizza sauce. They added onions & banana peppers, all on a hoagie bun. For some reason the combo is a perfect sandwich after a Softball game, or for watching a sports event.
— THE WINGS: These are broiled, not fried, so they may be an acquired taste. Still, get them well done and get the Buffalo Hot sauce and you should be good. Different enough to try, and good enough to keep ordering. The Buffalo sauce is the best option here. We order them extra crispy, plain and dip the wings in the hot sauce.
HONORABLE MENTION to the PHILLY CHEESESTEAK SANDWICH at McGillicutty’s. It s nicely flavored shaved beef on a hoagie roll. Asking for a dash of extra mayo is the secret to this one.
Did those peak your interest?
Next time when you are hungry and thirsty, try McGillicutty’s on a warm summer day, and even enjoy their parking lot patio. Casual drinks, casual grub and a sports tavern atmosphere is the appeal here. And you must order the GREATEST BREADSTICKS IN THE WORLD ! You may just even see the Food Adventures Crew inside with a Mega Mug and a pizza!
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