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Must-Visit Restaurants in Ohio

The state of Ohio is dotted with many restaurants serving mouth-watering dishes. But do you know the names and where those are located? Here is a list of some of the must-visit restaurants in Ohio. From unique settings to innovative dishes, these restaurants can surely cook up a storm. They are not listed in any particular order.

 

  1. Covered Bridge Pizza Parlor and Eatery
Covered Bridge Pizza Parlor and Eatery
Covered Bridge Pizza Parlor and Eatery

This is one eatery which knows how to make eating a special experience. The Ashtabula region of Ohio is known for its several covered bridges which are a tourist attraction and photographer’s delight. This eatery, as the name suggests, gives diners the experience of sitting inside a covered bridge setting and having a meal. So if you are looking for a pocket friendly Italian meal – pizza, salads, spaghetti, or sandwiches – then Covered Bridge Pizza Parlor and Eatery is surely an option.

 

  1. Melt Bar & Grilled
Melt Bar & Grilled
Melt Bar & Grilled

This a popular chain of restaurants with outlets in Cleveland, Columbus, Akron, Dayton, and Canton. They specialize in sandwiches which they serve in various forms and flavors. These sandwiches are available with various meats, vegetarian, and even vegan options. Melt Bar & Grilled started in 2006 and since then has been wining hearts with their juicy sandwiches, which have been winning awards for being the best in Cleveland and Columbus. Wrapped in cheese and served with a side of fries, the sandwiches will keep you coming back for more.

 

  1. Buckeye Express Diner
Buckeye Express Diner
Buckeye Express Diner

How about dining in a train while taking a break from the highway drive? That is exactly what is on offer at the Buckeye Express Diner. where you get to dine inside train-car themed restaurant, complete with a steam engine! It is located in the small town of Belville, about halfway between Akron and Columbus, at Exit 165 on Interstate 71. Other than the unique setting, the pocket-friendly price and generous size of the dishes are added bonuses. This diner serves traditional American cuisine.

 

  1. Casa Nueva Restaurant and Cantina
Casa Nueva Restaurant and Cantina
Casa Nueva Restaurant and Cantina

This is the place to visit if you want to try authentic Mexican cuisine in Ohio. The Casa Nueva Restaurant and Cantina is located in the Ohio University town of Athens, at the junction of W State St and N Court St. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The moderately priced restaurant is popular with the locals, so expect some waiting time if you are visiting on the weekend.

 

  1. Tony Packo’s Café
Tony Packo
Bun Wall at the Tony Packo’s Café

If you are in Toledo, then there is no way you can give this iconic joint a miss. It has several outlets in the city, although the original is in Front Street. Tony Packo’s is known for its hot dogs which have attracted a wide range of celebrities, including US Presidents. The joint, which started in 1932, gained prominence when actor Jamie Farr, a Toledo native, spoke about Tony Packo’s hot dogs in an episode of hit the TV series MASH in 1976. Burt Reynolds, the first major celebrity to visit the eatery, started the tradition of signing the buns. If you visit the restaurant, you will see a wall with buns signed by the celebrities who ate there.

 

  1. Thurman Café
Thurman Café
Thurman Café

The Thurman Café started operations in 1942 in the German Village in Columbus and since then has been a major name in the downtown district of the city. It has a menu that is dominated by American cuisine. The burgers, which have been featured on Man vs Food on the Travel Channel, deserve special mention. These special 3/4 pound burgers – most notably the innovatively named Thurmanator – are certainly not for everyone to devour. If you are looking for something more manageable, then try their subs or sandwiches which are equally mouth watering.

 

  1. Kengo Sushi and Yakitori
Kengo Sushi and Yakitori
Kengo Sushi and Yakitori

The people will Toledo will tell you that this place serves the best sushi not just in town but in the whole of Ohio. Kengo Sushi and Yakitori is located on S St Clair St and has a loyal clientele who have a liking for Japanese food. It is not the easiest on your pocket, as a meal could well cost you over 50 dollars, but the mouth watering flavors will not make you complain. Reservations at this restaurant can only be made for omakase – a set menu that is selected specially by the chef. It is open only in the evening from 5 pm until 10 pm and closed on Sundays and Mondays.

 

  1. Schmidt’s Sausage Haus and Restaurant
Schmidt
Schmidt’s Sausage Haus and Restaurant

If you are visiting the German Village in Columbus and looking to try authentic German cuisine, then step inside Schmidt’s Sausage Haus and Restaurant. The place has been operating since 1886 and has stayed true to its roots with a traditional German menu. From sauerkraut bratwurst to schnitzel and apple strudel, it is a fully German fare at Schmidt’s. To add to the ambiance, the restaurant has live German music on certain nights.

 

  1. The Golden Lamb Inn
The Golden Lamb Inn
The Golden Lamb Inn

Tucked away in the small town of Lebanon between Cincinnati and Dayton is the oldest running restaurant and hotel in the state of Ohio – The Golden Lamb Inn. Such is the historic significance of this 1815 eatery that it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The guest list of this restaurant will make even the A-listers jealous. It has been visited by 12 US Presidents including John Quincy Adams, William Taft, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush. Other celebrity guests include Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. The Golden Lamb Inn serves American cuisine.

 

  1. Pier W
Pier W
Pier W

It is not just the food but also the unique setting that puts Pier W in this list. This multi award winning restaurant is located in Lakewood, about 7 miles west of downtown Cleveland. It is set on a hanging platform on the Lake Erie waterfront, with incredibly beautiful views of the lake and the Cleveland skyline. Pier W is known for serving some of the best seafood in town, made with some truly fresh ingredients. You can dine at the rooftop or sit indoors at Pier W. The restaurant also has a very good wine list to choose from.

Originally posted 2017-09-11 09:29:28.

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