The only thing better than your favorite neighborhood restaurant are other neighborhood restaurants with delicious food, a small town feel and maybe even an old fashioned jukebox or two. (OK, so you probably don’t think there’s anything better than your hometown restaurant,) but there’s just something about good food that only the locals know and love. The following 12 neighborhood restaurants in Ohio are certainly worth searching out―and we’re pretty sure they’ll have you coming back for seconds.
1. Spearman's Restaurant (Howard)
Two words: Banana Salad. (Yes. Banana Salad.) See why the locals love this signature dish and other crowd-pleasing, home-cooked foods. (And don't forget to save room for pie.) Spearman's Restaurant is located at 26155 Coshocton Rd., Howard, OH 43028.
2. Jukebox Pizza (Waterford)
Come here for the homemade pizza and hometown feel, stay for the scrumptious desserts. Jukebox pizza is located at 650 Main St., Waterford, OH 45786.
3. C-Town Wings (Celina)
Close to Grand Lake you'll find the popular C-Town Wings, where you can get delicious wings with eight signature sauces to choose from, a tasty burger or mouthwatering steak. You really can't go wrong with any menu item here. Check it out at 107 S Main St., Celina, OH 45822.
4. Nancy's Home Cooking (Clintonville)
This north-central Ohio neighborhood serves up hearty meals with an atmosphere that truly makes you feel at home. See what's cooking at this beloved hometown diner, which is located at 3133 N High St., Columbus, OH 43202.
5. Theo's Restaurant (Cambridge)
This beloved local restaurant has a heartwarming history that dates all the way back to 1931. See why the seasonal fresh salads are so popular here, and stay for a slice of homemade pie. (Pictured: Chicken Tortellini Salad.) Theo's Restaurant is located at 632 Wheeling Ave., Cambridge, OH 43725.
6. Busy Bee Restaurant (Marietta)
Where everything is homemade and the hometown diner atmosphere makes a meal here that much more heartier. (Pictured is the Brisket Sandwich with Chips.) Busy Bee Restaurant is located at 226 Gilman Ave., Marietta, OH 45750.
7. Nutcracker Family Restaurant (Pataskala)
This family favorite 50s style diner features authentic jukeboxes, award winning pies and some of the best burgers, sandwiches and hotdogs around. Nutcracker Family Restaurant is located at 63 E. Broad St., Pataskala, OH 43062.
8. Dodson's on Broadway (New Lexington)
With delicious, home-cooked specials of the day and a cozy atmosphere, you always feel like a local at Dodson's on Broadway. Experience the at-home feel for yourself at 313 W Broadway S.t, New Lexington, OH 43764.
9. Hickie's (New Boston)
The mouthwatering cheeseburgers are just one reason to visit this cozy local dive. The bean soup, corn bread and gravy covered fries are three more delicious, hearty reasons to stay awhile. Hickie's is located at 3800 Rhodes Ave.,
New Boston, OH 45662.
10. The Steel Trolley Diner (Lisbon)
At this local favorite diner, you'll feel like you're actually aboard a steel trolley. And with an exceptional burger selection and a legendary Oatmeal Pie, we know you'll be making a trip back. The Steel Trolley Diner is located at 140 E Lincoln Way, Lisbon, OH 44432.
11. Schmidt’s Sausage Haus and Restaurant (German Village)
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 at 240 E Kossuth St., Columbus, OH 43206.
12. Grinder's (Chillicothe)
This local favorite in downtown Chillicothe serves up signature omelets named after the town's streets. (I personally recommend the Main Street omelet or the french toast, with a side of their unbelievably delicious breakfast potatoes.) Grinder's is located at 85 N Paint St., Chillicothe, OH 45601.