On October 4 John and George, joined by Rod Gossett, Don Hahn, Fred Kindred and Pete Hostetter, ventured into the heart of restaurant-rich Loveland to enjoy outdoor dining at Bike Trail Junction (BTJ) at the location previously occupied by Julian's before a recent fire devastated the entire city block. (BTJ is owned and operated by the owners of Paxton's Grill, directly across the Trail.) Currently BTJ is offering only outdoor seating and a relatively limited (but quite adequate) menu. The umbrella-shaded tables and a sheltered eating area afford comfortable outdoor dining for as long as reasonable weather conditions persist. Proximity to the Trail is unrivaled; tables are only perhaps 15 feet from the edge of the Trail, and extensive bike racks occupy the space in between. Traffic noise from Loveland's nearby main street can be obtrusive and annoying at times, particularly when heavy trucks and Harley riders come through.
Three alcoholic beverages are available on draft (an IPA, a stout and a cider), with numerous others coming in cans and bottles. The moderately priced menu is sandwich-oriented, but salads are available, as well as "kids' dishes" such as PB&J, burgers and hot dogs. Rod picked an Italian sausage sandwich with peppers on a uniquely spiced bun, all of which he found delightful. Fred opted for a tuna salad sandwich, and enjoyed both the quality and quantity. John, to the surprise of many, did NOT order his usual burger; rather, he chose a BLT wrap, and was very happy with it. Don, Dr. Pete and George all went for grouper sandwiches, which were available either grilled or blackened. Everyone except George commented on the exceptional quality of the breads and buns used in their sandwiches (he didn't eat his, preferring to get his carbs from IPAs). Service was prompt, cheerful and efficient.
Overall, John and George felt the combination of BTJ's exceptional food quality and quantity, comfortable atmosphere, great service, reasonable prices and exceptional Trail proximity merited awarding 4 bells.
Bike Trail Junction
200 West Loveland Avenue, Loveland, OH
Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun. 11 AM to 9 PM