Sometimes, the smaller the restaurant the better the food. The following are 11 tiny restaurants in Ohio—seating approximately less than 30 people—that prove that no matter how limited the seating may be, people will keep filing in if the cuisine is memorable enough.
1. Crabill’s Hamburger Shop (Urbana)
Now in its third generation of local owners, this tiny burger joint —with just eight dine-at-the-counter seats—appropriately specializes in tiny burgers. (White Castle's sliders will make you laugh after you've dined here.) Crabill's Hamburger Shop is located at 727 Miami St., Urbana, OH 43078.
2. Cheapside (Cincinnati)
This quaint cafe offers a minimalist atmosphere and delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch options until 4 p.m. every day. (If it's a nice day and you find the inside too crowded, take a seat on the patio at the teepee picnic table.) Cheapside is located at 326 E 8th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.
3. 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.
4. Bagel Street Deli (Athens)
You'll never eat a bagel the same again after you experience what a bagel can truly be, thanks to this unique deli in Athens, which features several signature bagel sandwiches. The seating is limited, but that doesn't stop locals and visitors from squeezing in—especially during Picklefest, as pictured. Bagel Street Deli is located at 27 S Court St., Athens, OH 45701.
5. Thai Express (Cincinnati)
For some of the Cincinnati area's best authentic Pad Thai, check out this tiny restaurant. Carry-out is a popular option here, as there are only two tables available. Thai Express is located at 213 W McMillan St., Cincinnati, OH 45219.
6. Katalina (Columbus)
This lovely little cafe features unique and delicious brunch options such as Mexican French toast, sweet and spicy bacon and Nutella pancake balls. Katalina is located at 1105 Pennsylvania Ave., Columbus, OH 43201.
7. Historic Marcy Store and Diner (Canal Winchester)
What used to be the Broast's Store in the 1840s is now a casual American eatery, which is now in its second building (but located on the original site.) Historic Macy Store and Diner is located at 1004 Winchester S Rd., Canal Winchester, OH 43110.
8. Ginko (Cleveland)
This Toyko inspired sushi bar features exceptional sushi and a U-shaped bar that holds approximately 30 people. Ginko is located at 2247 Professor Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113.
9. Skillet (Columbus)
This quaint yet popular brunch spot is known for its exceptional omelets and biscuits and gravy. Skillet is located at 410 E Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43206.
10. Big Mama's Burritos (Athens)
Where the seating is limited and the burritos are more than satisfying, this local favorite is especially popular among Ohio University students. Big Mama's Burritos has two locations in Athens. Pictured is the South Court Street location.
11. Le Petit Triangle Café (Cleveland)
Petit but delicious, this lovely little cafe features exceptional brunch, as well as dinner, soup and salad options. It is located at 1881 Fulton Rd., Cleveland, OH 44113.
Have you been to any of these restaurants before? What did you think of them? What other extremely tiny restaurants are there in Ohio?