The best places to eat at are the places where you feel you belong. Fortunately, the Buckeye State is home to several local dives and hometown diners that make you feel right at home. Here are 13 small town restaurants in Ohio where nearly everyone knows your name:
1. Carl's Townhouse (Chillicothe)
Come for the nostalgic 1950s vibe; stay (and come back) for the cheeseburger basket and a slice of homemade pie. Carl's Townhouse is located at 95 W. 2nd St., Chillicothe, OH 45601.
2. Arch & Eddie's (Jackson)
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This beloved local favorite features a variety of American, Italian, Mexican and seafood cuisine at affordable prices. The atmosphere is cozy, and the house setting will make you feel right at home. Arch & Eddies is located at 181 E Main St., Jackson, OH 45640.
3. Nancy's Main Street Diner (Grafton)
Don't make the mistake of skipping out on dessert or a fountain soda at this old-fashioned, beloved diner. Nancy's Main Street Diner is located at 426 Main St., Grafton, OH 44044.
4. Busy Bee Restaurant (Marietta)
Where everything is homemade and the hometown diner atmosphere makes a breakfast here that much more heartier; Busy Bee Restaurant is located at 226 Gilman Ave., Marietta, OH 45750.
5. Ditty's Downtown Deli (Zanesville)
This small breakfast and lunch shop serves up some of the tastiest fresh sandwiches in the area. With limited parking and seating, (but excellent service,) calling ahead can be a good idea to avoid a lunch rush. Ditty's Downtown Deli is located at 61 S 4th St., Zanesville, OH 43701.
6. The Coffee Cup (Massillon)
Massillon's oldest restaurant is proud to be Massillon's oldest restaurant, (and rightfully so.) With breakfast served all day, hearty burgers and all meals made from scratch, you really can't ask for anything better. The Coffee Cup is located at 426 3rd St. SE, Massillon, OH 44646.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. The Blueberry Cafe (Bellbrook)
After you find yourself stuffed from the most satisfying brunch of your life, "The Muffin Man" comes around to entice you with warm, homemade muffins you simply can't resist—no matter how stuffed you are. The Blueberry Cafe is located at 72 Bellbrook Plz, Bellbrook, OH 45305.
10. Carlyle's Restaurant (Richwood)
With made from scratch pies, home cooked daily specials and mouthwatering donuts, you simply can't go wrong with Carlyle's Restaurant. It is located at 5 N Franklin St., Richwood, OH 43344.
11. G & R Tavern (Waldo)
At G & R Tavern in Waldo, you'll find what is arguably the best fried bologna sandwich in Ohio (and quite possibly the world.) It is located at 103 N Marion St., Waldo, OH 43356.
12. Laroe's Restaurant (Grand Rapids)
You'll find unbelievably delicious options at this quiet canal town's most popular restaurant. (Pictured are the Baby Back Ribs.) Laroe's is located at 24138 Front St., Grand Rapids, OH 43522.
13. The Spot To Eat (Sidney)
Both literally and figuratively, this is the spot to go to for a tasty, classic cheeseburger 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.