When I was growing up there used to be a department store in Cincinnati that was called Shillito's. In the coffee shop they served a sandwich called the "Seven Hills" that sounds like loosemeat. It was very popular; so much so that people occasionally write into the newspaper requesting the recipe. It was served on a cheddar cheese bun. At a website on the old Shillito store, I found this description and recipe:
Questions about the John Shillito Co.
SEVEN HILL's Bar-B-Q
1) At the Shillito's store in downtown Cincinnati, they had a coffee shop that served a sandwich called the "Seven Hills". It was a barbeque sandwich that was delicious. They also used to sell the powder that you could add to ground beef and make them at home. I would really like to find out how to get some of that powder so I can make these sandwiches for my family. They all love them! The new Lazarus store doesn't have a coffee shop so this sandwich has disappeared. I’m sure it the powder was the spices that they used to make the “Seven Hills barbeque”. I don't know what the name of the powder was . . . I just know that if you added it to ground beef you had the "Seven Hills" barbeque sandwich that they served at the Copper Kettle (I think that was the name of the coffee shop on the first floor). If I could find out the name of the company that sold it, I could contact them, but I don't know who made it. I really appreciate your help.
Answers about the John Shillito Co.
After contacting the Lazarus Department store, I could not find a source of the packet of "spice" that you could buy to made the Seven Hills Bar-B-Q. The following recipe came from a listener of the local radio "Marilyn Harris" show.
Seven Hills Bar-B-Q sandwich
2 1/2 # Ground Beef - Brown & drain
then add the following:
1/2 C. Onion
1/4 C. Green Pepper
1 TBSP Dry Mustard
1 TBSP Cider Vinegar
1 1/2 C. Ketchup
2 TBSP Sugar
Salt & Pepper to taste.
Cook over low heat for 30 minutes. Serve on CHEDDAR CHEESE BUNS (they said that the buns are what made the difference).
I hope when you make this Bar-B-Q sandwich, I hope it brings back fond memories of Cincinnati.