Just because you haven’t heard of a restaurant before doesn’t mean it’s not delicious. Sometimes, all the fancy frills and advertisements distract visitors from what’s really important. (Which is the food, of course. Case in point: these
13 ‘Hole In The Wall’ Restaurants In Ohio That Will Blow Your Taste Buds Away.)
The following are 14 more restaurants in Ohio that you won’t find in big cities, but according to locals, they’re absolutely worth the search.
1. Jay's Famous Hot Dogs (Youngstown)
This delightful dive features some pretty epic chili dogs, chili cheese fries and gyros. (Yes, gyros.) Check it out for yourself at 68 Boardman Canfield Rd., Youngstown, OH 44512.
2. K's Hamburger Shop (Troy)
Where the burgers are delicious, the crinkle cut fries are just $2 and the pies are plentiful, this seat-yourself diner is a must if you really want to eat like a local. You can find K's Hamburger Shop at 117 E Main St.,
Troy, OH 45373.
3. Peach's Place (Crooksville)
A beloved eatery among locals, this is the perfect place to stop for homemade meals and pizza, depending on what you're in the mood for. (Tip: It's usually best to go with the daily special.) Peach's Place is located at 121 E Main St., Crooksville, OH 43731.
4. 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.
5. Two Cousin's Pizza (Mansfield)
You've never had pizza options like this before. Choose from Buffalo Chicken, Coney Dog, Reuben, Mac 'n Cheese and other unconventional options—or just order a classic style of pizza—and brace yourself for the deliciousness. (Also, try the Stromboli. Make the room. You won't regret it.) Visit Two Cousin's Pizza at 103 N Main St., Mansfield, OH 44902.
6. Mike's Dairy Bar (Upper Sandusky)
"Home of the Mighty Mike," this local dive serves up some of the area's best ice cream, as well as delicious burgers, sandwiches and hot dogs. It is located at 129 N Warpole St., Upper Sandusky, OH 43351.
7. Rod's Capricorn Inn Restaurant (Wilmington)
At this beloved local dive, we recommend The Rod Burger (pictured) with a side of onion rings. (You can thank us later.) Check it out at 6660 State Rt. 730
Wilmington, OH 45177.
8. Bud's Pizza (Minster)
You'll find more than just delicious pizza at this local favorite. (As well as an impressive beer selection.) Bud's Pizza is located at 6 S Main St., Minster, OH 45865.
9. Fatheads Restaurant (Republic)
This classic hole-in-the-wall eatery features some of the most mouthwatering burgers you will ever have the pleasure of devouring. They also serve exceptional homemade pizza, fresh cut steaks and daily specials. Fatheads Restaurant is located at 216 Washington St., Republic, OH 44867.
10. Collier’s Family Restaurant (Springfield)
This family style restaurant is "where good people gather for good food." Their fried chicken, homemade pies and chicken salad are popular menu items. Collier's Family Restaurant is located at 2800 W First St. (St. Rt. 41), Springfield, OH 45504.
11. The Scioto Ribber (Portsmouth)
At this local favorite steakhouse, you can watch your steak cook on one of the five wood-fired grills out back. (FYI: A "small" steak is 16 oz. and a "large" steak is 32 oz.) The Scioto Ribber is located at 1024 Gallia St., Portsmouth, OH 45662.
12. Blue Ash Chili (Blue Ash, Mason and Tri-County)
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With three locations in the Cincinnati area, this beloved deli and chili parlor has been serving up exceptional chili (and cheese) smothered creations since 1969.
13. 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.
14. Scooter's World Famous Dawg House (Mentor)
Visit this local favorite to try The Scooter Dawg, (made with cheese sauce, coney sauce, ketchup, mustard, relish and onion.) You'll be so glad you did. (And we'll take the credit for it.) Scooter's World Famous Hot Dawg House is located at 9600 Blackbrook Rd., Mentor, OH 44060.