With the New Year officially underway, why not try something new for dinner? Contrary to what you might believe, Ohio is home to several authentic ethnic restaurants that serve exceptionally delicious international cuisine. The following are just 11 of what we consider to be the best ethic restaurants in Ohio.
1. Layla's Kitchen (Columbus)
Enjoy some of the best authentic Indian cuisine and samosas you'll ever have at Layla's Kitchen. (Pictured: Tandoori chicken with rice.) Layla's Kitchen is located at 4989 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, OH 43231.
2. Kengo Sushi & Yakitori (Toledo)
For the best sushi of your life and what might be the most authentic omakase experience in Ohio, head over to this small sushi and yakitori spot in downtown Toledo. Be sure to come early or call ahead. (Reservations can be made for omakase only.) Kengo Sushi & Yakitori is open Tuesday - Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. It is located at 38 S Saint Clair St., Toledo, OH 43604.
3. Casa Nueva Restaurant & Cantina (Athens)
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this beloved Athens eatery features the area's best Mexican cuisine, made with fresh, local ingredients. On the weekends, business really picks up, so expect a wait. If the wait is too long for you, we suggest grabbing a seat on the bodega side. Casa Nueva is located at 6 W State St., Athens, OH 45701.
4. Athens Greek Restaurant (Mansfield)
For the best gyro and Greek salad in the area, head over to Athens Greek Restaurant, where the take-out line is long and the dining room is typically crowded. Enjoy this delicious and authentic Greek cuisine at 41 N Main St. Mansfield, OH 44902.
5. Schmidt’s Sausage Haus and Restaurant (Columbus)
In addition to the best genuine German cuisine around, this historic restaurant has an animated atmosphere complete with live German music on certain nights. You can find this popular eatery in Columbus' German Village.
6. Cedarland Express (Cleveland)
For the best chicken shawarma sandwich and dolma you'll ever have the pleasure of eating, try this delicious Lebanese restaurant, located at 1701 E 12th St.
Cleveland, OH 44114.
7. Taqueria Mixteca (Dayton)
This is Mexican, Tex-Mex and Latin American food at its finest. Taqueria Mixteca is located at 1609 E 3rd St, Dayton, OH 45403.
8. Drelyse African Restaurant (Columbus)
If you have yet to try authentic African cuisine, this is the place to try it. This restaurant serves up delicious homemade family recipes of Ghanaian cuisine. Drelyse African Restaurant offers a truly unique experience and is located at 1911 Tamarack Cir N, Columbus, OH 43229.
9. Star of India (Athens)
For delicious, fulfilling Indian cuisine, visit this small restaurant close to Ohio University's campus. Star of India is located at 128 W Union St., Athens, OH 45701.
10. Istanbul Cafe (Cincinnati)
You'll find some of the freshest and finest Turkish dishes at this local favorite Mediterranean restaurant. Istanbul Cafe is located at 628 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.
11. Peking Wok (Columbus)
For some of central Ohio's best Chinese food, check out Peking Wok, located at 1537 W Broad St., Columbus, OH 43222.
Have you ever been to any of these restaurants? Where is your favorite place in Ohio to get ethnic food? Share your experiences and thoughts with us in the comments below!