Sometimes, the smaller the town the better the food.
Ohio is home to several unique and delicious small town restaurants. They’re the sort of restaurants that often become the hub of a small town or a praised local favorite. The following towns (and smaller cities) have populations of less than 15,000—but their restaurants keep visitors and passerby alike coming back for more.
1. Arch & Eddies (Jackson)
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.
2. Tilton Hilton (Lakeview)
Where the burgers are bigger than your head and the floors are tilted, this local favorite is a fun, quirky stop after a day on Indian Lake. You can even dock your boat right alongside the restaurant. Tilton Hilton is located at 10861 Country Rd, 293, Lakeview, OH 43331.
3. Tuscany Cuccini (Gallipolis)
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For a casual yet elegant atmosphere and unbelievably delicious, authentic Italian cuisine, try the French City's (Gallipolis) Tuscany Cuccini. This local favorite is perfect for a family get together or a date night. Tuscany Cuccini is located at 1308 Eastern Ave, Gallipolis, OH 4563.
4. Route 62 BBQ (Johnstown)
You'll find some of central Ohio's best barbecue at Route 62 BBQ, where the meats are smoked to perfection. It's located at 580 W Coshocton St,, Johnstown, OH 43031.
5. Covered Bridge Pizza Parlor (North Kingsville)
A unique and delicious pizza eating experience awaits you at this one of a kind pizza joint. Covered Bridge Pizza Parlor is located at 6541 South Main St.
North Kingsville, OH 44068.
6. Austyn’s Restaurant (Marietta)
The beautiful, historic riverboat town of Marietta is also home to some of Ohio's most delicious seafood dishes and pastas. (Pictured: Seafood gumbo topped with Alaskan King Crab.) Austyn's is located at 130 Front St., Marietta, OH 45750.
7. 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.
8. Tuscan Table (Circleville)
When you're looking for a casual yet elegant authentic Italian dining experience, Tuscan Table is the perfect place for a date night out or a family get together. (Pictured: Chicken Tetrazzini.) Tuscan Table is located at 122 N Court St, Circleville, OH 43113.
9. The Boondocks BBQ & Grill (McConnelsville)
This award-winning southeast Ohio barbecue joint features a diverse menu, from Louisiana Crab Cakes to slow cooked ribs and pulled pork. It is located at 4653 N State Route 60 NW, McConnelsville, OH 43756.
10. Big Ed’s Main Street Soda Grill (Vermillion)
If you feel like traveling back in time, this vintage 1930’s style restaurant and soda fountain in Vermilion is the place for you. The soda fountain ice cream treats here are what your taste buds have been waiting for. Big Ed's Main Street Soda Grill is located at 5502 Liberty Ave., Vermilion, OH 44089.
Have you been to any of these small town restaurants before? What other amazing small town restaurants are there in Ohio? Share your experiences with us in the comments below!