Dining May 11, 2021
The Ultimate Guide To The Best Restaurants In Ohio — Pizzas, Tacos, Ice Cream, And More!
Ohio is a place that’s full of surprises. While The Buckeye State may not be the first place that comes to mind in terms of culinary prowess, the fact is, the best restaurants in Ohio are also some of the top-rated spots in the country. The state’s cuisine reflects its diverse heritage, most notably German and Italian; our fare reflects Ohio’s bounty and agrarian roots; and the mix of beloved old restaurants and next-level newcomers makes for a totally unique dining experience. Today we’re giving praise to the superlative superstars: the best restaurants, bakeries, and cuisine that really capture the dining experience in Ohio.
The Best Pizza In Ohio
Our pick for the best pizza in Ohio is, unsurprisingly, in Cleveland, a city known for its Italian cuisine. Crust Pizza does everything right: everything is made from scratch, including the dough, which is handmade every day and allowed to slowly ferment and rise. You can top your pizza with more than 30 toppings, and we recommend ordering a split-style pie so you can taste a bunch of different flavor combinations!
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The Most Delicious Tacos In Ohio
Ohio has a serious thing for tacos. The state is home to some of the best taquerias around, each offering a different taco experience. With its unique mix of Mexican and Mediterranean influences,
in Columbus gets the superlative spot. Widely regarded as the best taco al pastor in Columbus, these signature tacos are topped with onion, cilantro, and pineapple, for a fresh spin on a classic. Add a squeeze of lime and dollop of sour cream, and you have the most delicious tacos in Ohio.
The Oldest Italian Restaurant In Ohio
Guarino’s Ristorante in Little Italy was established in 1918, making it the oldest Italian restaurant in Cleveland. One of the best restaurants in Ohio, this Cleveland classic has been run by the same family since the beginning, and its history is as noteworthy as its fare. Established just two years prior to Prohibition, the little neighborhood eatery began life as a speakeasy, and was a favorite spot for the Cleveland elite -- and celebrities, with Frank Sinatra among the restaurant's regulars! In terms of cuisine, the recipes are from the Old Country, and feature bright herbs and bold flavors.
is revered for its lasagne, a family recipe straight from Mama Guarino. This restaurant really has stood the test of time, and is a must-visit when in Forest City!
The Most Mouth Watering Donuts In Ohio
Holtman's Donut Shop
has been satisfying Cincinnati’s sweet tooth with their unbelievable donuts. The Holtman family has always made their sweet concoctions from scratch daily, and you can taste the freshness. The choices here are endless: their glazed yeast and cake donuts are absolutely perfect, as are their more unique creations that feature specialty toppings such as cereal, cookies, and even bacon. Holtman's also offers a substantial selection of vegan varieties, too, and the Oreo crumble cake donut tastes just as sinful as its non-vegan counterparts. You can't go in and just get one, so go ahead and get a box to share... or not!
The Most Amazing Ice Cream In Ohio
There's a bit of an ice cream rivalry here in Ohio, between Cincinnati-based Graeter's and Columbus-based Jeni's. And the thing is, both are absolutely amazing. But we have to play favorites here, so we're going to go with
. Jeni's ice cream is one big love letter to The Buckeye State. The dairy (always grass-grazed) comes from a variety of local farmers, and Hirsch Fruit Farm supplies the strawberries, raspberries, corn, and pumpkin for a variety of seasonal flavors. And speaking of The Buckeye State, Jeni's salted peanut butter with chocolate flecks is a genius take on Ohio's ubiquitous dessert.
One Of The Best Bakeries In Ohio
Here in Ohio, there are several small town bakeries and artisan shops that make heavenly treats. Dough Mama Cafe & Bakery in central Ohio features two locations that serve up some of the best artisan baked goods you can get in the Buckeye State. What makes
so unique is that all of its ingredients are locally sourced, and all of its breads and pastries are made from scratch. This German Village gem also has some incredible sandwiches, which are taken to the next level with the use of fresh, homemade bread. You can tell a lot about a bakery by how well it executes a classic chocolate chip cookie -- and Dough Mama passes that test with flying colors (and flaky sea salt).
One Of A Kind Sandwiches In Ohio
Cincinnati is home to a culinary delight known as goetta, and at
, you'll find the very best goetta sandwiches in town. For those unfamiliar with this crave-worthy culinary creation, goetta is a spicy sausage grain patty that takes your typical breakfast sandwich to the next level. And in Cincinnati's Findlay Market, you can order these one-of-a-kind sandwiches from the legendary Eckerlin Meats.
The Most Delicious Mexican Food In Ohio
The most delicious Mexican food in Ohio can be found at
. What sets this Mexican restaurant apart from the pack is its commitment to authentic ingredients and flavors. Mizunte's owner actually lived and staged in Mexico for a year, learning classic cooking techniques and old family recipes, which then made their way back to Cincinnati. Mazunte's tacos and empanadas are cult favorites, as is the grilled street corn. Mazunte isn't simply the best Mexican restaurant in the state -- it's also one of the very best restaurants in Ohio.
The Amish Restaurant In Ohio You Have To Try
The Buckeye State has the largest Amish population in the country, and there's an abundance of Amish restaurants in Ohio. But there's really nothing that compares to Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen in Mount Hope. Not only does
have the very best pies in the state, this Amish restaurant also has an epic buffet with hearty, stick-to-your-ribs classics such as fried chicken, roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, homemade noodles, and green beans. (Just be sure to save room for dessert!)
The Best Barbecue In Ohio
Ohio's barbecue game is strong, and there's one restaurant that's earned national acclaim for its fall-off-the-bone, sticky-sweet meat.
in Cincinnati pretty much *always* has a line, but it's absolutely worth the wait. The pulled pork and rib tips here are legendary, as is Eli's signature BBQ sauce. While you're there, do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle to take home!