The only thing better than an absolutely delicious, tastebud exploding restaurant is an unexpected absolutely delicious, tastebud exploding restaurant. Here in Ohio, you’ll discover that there are several delicious hole-in-the-wall restaurants that offer exceptional food when you decide to take the “don’t judge a book by its cover approach” to dining. The following are just 10 of the ones we consider to be the best unexpectedly delicious eateries in Ohio.
1) Windward Passage Restaurant (Upper Arlington)
The dark dining room merely makes you feel like you're under the sea while you're enjoying the best shrimp cocktail and seafood dish of your life.
Pictured: Surf n' Turf
2) Ipoh Restaurant (Toledo)
This isn't the "Chinese" buffet you're used to. Handmade noodles and fresh chicken are featured in this particular dish from Ipoh, an authentic Chinese restaurant that serves family-style sized portions.
3) Mac's Pizza Pub (Cincinnati)
In addition to mouthwatering pizzas, Mac's features burgers, wings and many other delicious food items.
4) Star of India (Athens)
Tucked away near Ohio University's campus you will find the authentic and undeniably delicious Indian cuisine that your tastebuds have been longing for.
5) Jerusalem Pizza and Grill (Columbus)
Some of the best Mediterranean cuisine and gyros in central Ohio can be found here, along Cleveland Avenue. (Pizza and Mediterranean cuisine go together better than you think.)
6) 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.)
7) The Root Beer Stand (Sharonville)
On the outskirts of Cincinnati this little gem serves family-brewed root beer and all the classic American foods such as coney dogs and french fries.
8) New Sandusky Fish Company (Sandusky)
Although you won't find the usual restaurant seating setup here, you will find a bench, delicious seafood and award-winning fish sandwiches.
9) Luchita's Mexican Restaurant (Cleveland)
Where your Taco Tuesdays will never be the same again.
10) Hamburger Wagon (Miamisburg)
A rolling cart that's served burgers in the same location for nearly 100 years features a serious burger. The catch? You'll find no cheese, ketchup or mustard here. The onions and pickles only method gives the wagon its distinct reputation and allows your taste buds to focus more on the main, tastiest feature: the burger itself.
What do you think? What other unexpectedly delicious eateries in Ohio should be added to the list?