Barberton Fried Chicken: An Ohio Original

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American Palate, 2018 - History - 144 pages
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Grab a seat and a handful of napkins and join author Ron Koltnow as he recounts the mouthwatering story of an Ohio original.


Founded by industrialist Ohio Columbus Barber, Barberton drew workers from around the globe, especially eastern Europe. Immigrants brought their traditions and their cuisine. In time, Barberton became home to five Serbian fried chicken restaurants, all within a two-mile radius. Belgrade Gardens, Hopocan Gardens, White House Chicken, Terrace Gardens and Milich's Village Inn (later Village Inn Chicken) were Serbian in origin yet consummately American. All served up the traditional dinner - chicken, fries, coleslaw and hot sauce. Against all challengers, Barberton proudly defends its title as Fried Chicken Capital of the World.

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About the author (2018)

Ronald Koltnow is a retired sales representative for Penguin Random House. He has been a consultant for Your Expert Nation, a supervisor at Blue Cross and Blue Shield and a bookseller. Koltnow's articles have appeared in the AARSC Journal, Magill's Survey of Cinema, Magill's Film Annual and Washington, D.C.'s City Paper. He is a native Akronite but currently resides in Boston with his wife and two beloved cats.

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