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Liberty Gathering Place

111 North Detroit St., West Liberty, OH - (937) 465-3081
Posted By Michael Stern on April 23, 2014 4:56 PM
“We have girls who come in at four in the morning to make the cole slaw and macaroni salad!” our waitress boasted when we asked if the side dishes were good. Yes, these side dishes are good indeed! The macaroni salad is creamy with a pickle zip, dotted with pieces of hard-cooked egg and a few shreds of carrot, each noodle a toothsome bite. Scalloped corn is enriched with breadcrumbs; cole slaw is sprightly-sweet, and the pickled beets are well-nigh perfect.

There is nothing deluxe about the Liberty Gathering Place; you dine at oilcloth-covered tables outfitted with flatware that comes wrapped in paper napkins. Humble though it may be, everything we tasted was exemplary. You can feast on lusciously moist ham loaf, deep-flavored smoked pork chops, or grilled pork tenderloin, sided by a choice of potatoes that are mashed, French fried, home-fried, ranch-cut, baked (after 5pm), or made into potato salad.

We were impressed by the fried tenderloin sandwich – totally unlike the brittle-crisp, foot-wide ‘loins that earn attention in the media. Here, the tenderloin is a thick pork steak, meaty and moist with only a hint of thin crust. It is a big slab of meat, but rather than extending far beyond the bun, it is folded over so you get a double layer of pork that is unbelievably flavorful.

Pies are not to be missed. Coconut cream is ultra creamy, cool, thick, and smooth as velvet; peach crunch is veined with butter and served hot.
4 star rating
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macaroni salad
tenderloin sandwich
peach crunch pie

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Posted By Anne Jeffcott on August 8, 2012 7:58 AM
We checked Roadfood.com before heading out on a necessary trip from Chillicothe to Lima, Ohio. The Liberty Gathering Place was well worth stopping for. Wish we'd had room for dessert!
3 star rating
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Roasted chicken

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Posted By Nancy Wells on August 7, 2012 1:32 PM
Excellent place to eat. We were riding through on our Honda Goldwing trike and decided to stop for a late lunch. We saw the sign and turned around and came back. Service was excellent.

We ordered the chopped sirloin, with salad and dessert bar included. The steak was good-tasting and easy to chew. Portions are very large. All desserts and items on the bar are homemade, as are all the main entrees. Prices are very good, also. The restaurant is clean and very well-maintained. We will return when we ride that way again.
5 star rating
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Chopped sirloin

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