Just like you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, you shouldn’t judge a restaurant’s cuisine by its building’s appearance. All throughout the state of Ohio are what some might call “hole in the wall” restaurants serving up unexpectedly delicious food. If you love finding these hidden gem sort of eateries, then you’ll want to pay a visit to the following 12 restaurants (listed in no particular order) in Ohio.
1. The Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe (Greenville)
"Home of the famous Maid-Rite, Cheese-Rite and Big Jim," this unsuspecting sandwich shop upholds a strange tradition. Visitors stick their chewing gum outside along the "Wall of Gum" and come inside for what is arguably Ohio's best loose meat sandwich. (Pictured: Big Jim.) This unusual eatery is located at 125 N Broadway St., Greenville, OH 45331.
2. Remo's Hot Dogs (Gallipolis)
For just $4.25 you can get a footlong (complete with a secret family sauce), chips and a drink. This delicious hot dog joint is the perfect stop along a road trip. Remo's Hot Dogs is located at 241 2nd Ave., Gallipolis, OH 45631.
3. Uptown Grill (Athens)
This walk up window is a late night favorite for Ohio University students. Stop by for lunch, dinner or a late night chicken and waffle sandwich. It is located at 11 W Union St., Athens, OH 45701.
4. Sand Bar (Huron)
While the staples of this unsuspecting bar and American restaurant are pizza, burgers and perch, the Sand Bar also features a full menu and exceptional, home-cooked specials you don't want to pass up. It is located at 54 McKinley St., Huron, OH 44839.
5. Funday's: The Root Beer Stand (New Philadelphia)
This unsuspecting drive-in diner is a true gem. The Cheeseburger with Grilled Onions (pictured) and the Creamed Chicken sandwich are popular options here. Funday's is located at 1345 4th St. NW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.
6. Oler’s Bar & Grill (Findlay)
This "hole in the wall" Mexican restaurant is
a family owned and operated diamond in the rough. The Tex-Mex here is out of this world, as are their margaritas. Oler's Bar & Grill is located at 708 Lima Ave., Findlay, OH 45840.
7. 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.
8. Henry's Restaurant (West Jefferson)
This unsuspecting restaurant off of U.S. Hwy. 40 offers some of the best homemade pies. Henry's Restaurant is located at 62 75 U.S. Hwy. 40, West Jefferson, OH 43162.
9. 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. Bagel Street Deli is located at 27 S Court St., Athens, OH 45701.
10. Leaning Tower of Pizza (Mansfield)
For exceptional pizza and subs that keep you coming back for more, visit the Leaning Tower of Pizza at 180 Lexington Ave.,
Mansfield, OH 44907.
11. Windward Passage Restaurant (Upper Arlington)
The dark dining room 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.) Windward Passage Restaurant is located at 4739 Reed Rd.,
Columbus, OH 43220.
12. 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.
Have you been to any of these restaurants? What other “hole in the wall” eateries in Ohio would you recommend? Share your opinions and experiences with us!