The only thing better than a three-day road trip is a three-day road trip revolved solely around food. From the traditional American favorites to authentic international cuisine, Ohio has some pretty delicious restaurants. If you’d like to experience some of the best of the best of Ohio’s restaurants, then this road trip is for you. The total trip takes a little more than 11 hours of drive time, which can easily (and ideally) be done in three days. We’ve included a link to the Google map
We begin our trip in northeast Ohio with an iconic Cleveland eatery, but the trip is designed as a loop so that you can start with whatever restaurant is closest to you. Enjoy…
1. Slyman’s Restaurant (Cleveland)
This downtown Cleveland eatery is home to the best corned beef you can find in Ohio. (Fun fact: This beloved breakfast and sandwich joint appeared on Rachael Ray's "$40 a Day.") An early lunch/brunch around 11 a.m. is recommended here to avoid the lunch rush. Slyman's is located at 3106 St Clair Ave. NE, Cleveland, OH 44114.
2. Buckeye Express Diner (Bellville)
All aboard the Buckeye Express Diner for a late lunch. Just off of Interstate 71, you'll find this iconic not-your-average diner. (Note: Michigan fans must park across the street.) Buckeye Express Diner is located at 810 State Rt. 97 W., Bellville, OH 44813.
3. Schmidt’s Sausage Haus and Restaurant (Columbus)
Spend the night in Ohio's capitol city and treat yourself to a truly unique dinner experience. 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 also find this popular eatery in Columbus' German Village at 240 E Kossuth St., Columbus, OH 43206.
4. 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.
5. Seven Miles Smokehouse (Chillicothe)
With slow, southern cooked meats and sides made from scratch every day, this family owned and operated smokehouse serves up some exceptional barbecue. Pictured is "The Mad Dog" with pulled smoked chicken, beef brisket and pulled pork, topped with grilled onions, sauce and creamy signature cole slaw. Seven Miles Smokehouse is located at 285 E 7th St., Chillicothe, OH 45601.
6. The Golden Lamb (Lebanon)
Ohio’s oldest continuously operated hotel in Lebanon holds a unique dining experience, complete with antique furnishings and historic rooms upstairs where famous individuals such as Harriet Beecher Stowe and U.S. Presidents have stayed. Enjoy a delicious dinner here and stay for the night. The Golden Lamb Inn is located at 27 S Broadway St., Lebanon, OH 45036.
7. The Spot To Eat (Sidney)
Both literally and figuratively, this is the spot to eat in Sidney. What started out as a chuck wagon more than 100 years ago is now a stationary old fashioned eatery that will make you feel like you've temporarily stepped foot into a Happy Day's episode. The Spot To Eat is located at 201 S Ohio Ave., Sidney, OH 45365.
8. Kewpee Hamburgers (Lima)
Within the fictionalized setting of “Glee,” this signature fast food joint in Lima has three locations that serve up the city's best burgers. french fries and malts.
9. Tony Packo’s (Toledo)
End your restaurant tour of Ohio with chili dogs for dinner. For a truly epic chili dog, check out this iconic hotdog joint, with multiple locations in Toledo. A strange tradition of displaying autographed hotdog buns began here in 1972 when Jamie Farr of M*A*S*H signed a bun. While that bun is no longer in existence, today the cafe proudly showcases Styrofoam bun look-alikes signed by various celebrities, including five U.S. presidents. The original Tony Packo's is located at 1902 Front St., Toledo, OH 43605.