A small town restaurant with a homey atmosphere is just what you need sometimes.
With little-to-no frills and delicious, home-cooked meals, they just hit the spot. The following are 9 of our favorite family-owned and operated restaurants in Ohio that you simply have to try. See if we featured your hometown restaurant:
1. Collier's Family Restaurant (Springfield)
This family style restaurant is "where good people gather for good food." Since 2003, Collier's Family Restaurant has been serving some of Springfield's best home-cooked food. (Pictured is the Friend Chicken Lunch.) Collier’s Family Restaurant is located at 2800 W First St. (St. Rt. 41), Springfield, OH 45504.
2. Sam's Place (Blakslee)
Since 1922, this family-owned establishment's been serving up exceptional food at reasonable prices in the small town of Blakeslee. When you stop at Sam's Place, you've got to try one of their signature steaks. You'll find this local favorite at 230 Washington St. Blakeslee, OH 43505.
3. Crabill’s Hamburger Shop (Urbana)
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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.
4. Tom's Ice Cream Bowl (Zanesville)
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Since 1950, Tom's Ice Cream Bowl has served up the area's best homemade ice cream. Its homey, 1950s style makes it a nostalgic stop for many. (You can't go wrong with any flavor here but if you like nuts on your sundae, definitely get them. Their nuts are roasted fresh daily and all of their toppings are processed in-house.) Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl is located at 532 McIntire Ave., Zanesville, OH 43701.
5. Oler’s Bar and 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.
6. Grandpa’s Cheesebarn (Ashland)
What was once a working dairy farm is now a truly epic cheese barn right off of Interstate 71. It's a family-owned, charming store, gift shop and eatery the whole family will love. Since 1978, Grandpa Baum (and Grandma Baum) have been serving up exceptional cheese and other goodies along with their family at this iconic stop. You'll find it at 668 US-250, Ashland, OH 44805.
7. Berardi’s Family Kitchen (Sandusky)
The unbelievably delicious family-made french fries here have been around since 1939, when they were first served at Cedar Point Amusement Park. Make a trip to 1019 W. Perkins Ave. in Sandusky to try out these iconic fries.
8. The Boondocks BBQ & Grill (McConnelsville)
This award-winning southeast Ohio barbecue joint features a diverse menu, from Louisiana Crab Cakes to slow cooked ribs and pulled pork. It is located at 4653 N State Route 60 NW, McConnelsville, OH 43756.
9. Schmucker's (Toledo)
In addition to their unbelievably delicious homemade pies, this third-generation family diner has been serving up what is arguably the Toledo area's best breakfast since 1948. Pictured are fresh blueberry pancakes with a side of bacon. Schmucker's is located at 2103 N. Reynolds Rd., Toledo, OH 43615.
Have you been to any of these restaurants before? What (and where) is your favorite family-owned restaurant in Ohio? Share your recommendations with us!