In a day and age where restaurant options abound, it’s refreshing to know that many ‘mom and pop restaurants’ still trump chain restaurants—by a landslide. (If you ask me, the secret to success is a family recipe.) Here are 11 family (or locally) owned and operated restaurants in Ohio that serve up some exceptional, home-cooked cuisine:
1. Carlyle's Restaurant (Richwood)
With made from scratch pies, home cooked daily specials and mouthwatering donuts, you simply can't go wrong with Carlyle's Restaurant. It is located at 5 N Franklin St., Richwood, OH 43344.
2. Mom’s Restaurant (Franklin)
Nobody does it better than mom, right? Connected to a gas station, this unsuspecting restaurant is a hidden gem that serves up exceptional, home-cooked breakfast food. We recommend ordering the biscuits and gravy (pictured) here. Mom's Restaurant is located at 1111 William C Good Blvd., Franklin, OH 45005.
3. Jukebox Pizza (Waterford)
Come here for the homemade pizza and hometown feel, stay for the scrumptious desserts. Jukebox pizza is located at 650 Main St., Waterford, OH 45786.
4. 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.
5. Whitey's Diner (Fremont)
The sign pictured above says it all. For a truly epic breakfast, stop at Whitey's Diner, where the portions are hefty and the prices are affordable. It is located at 216 E State St., Fremont, OH 43420.
6. 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.
7. New Riegel Cafe (New Riegel)
Two words: Barbecue ribs. Get the barbecue ribs and thank us later. New Riegel Cafe is located at 14 N Perry St., New Riegel, OH 44853.
8. Watts Restaurant (Utica)
For a hearty, home-cooked meal, be sure to check out Watts Restaurant when you're in the Utica area. (Pictured is the pork chop country special.) And be sure to save room for dessert. (We recommend the coconut creme pie.) Watts Restaurant is located at 77 South Main St., Utica, OH 43080.
9. K's Hamburger Shop (Troy)
This hometown diner is known for their burgers, but their breakfast options are just as satisfying. (Be sure to bring cash, as this is a cash only establishment.) K's Hamburger Shop is located at 117 E Main St., Troy, OH 45373.
10. Nutcracker Family Restaurant (Pataskala)
This family favorite 50s style diner features authentic jukeboxes and some of the best burgers, sandwiches and hotdogs around. (Not to mention incredible desserts.) Nutcracker Family Restaurant is located at 63 E. Broad St., Pataskala, OH 43062.
11. The Blueberry Cafe (Bellbrook)
After you find yourself stuffed from the most satisfying brunch of your life, "The Muffin Man" comes around to entice you with warm, homemade muffins you simply can't resist—no matter how stuffed you are. The Blueberry Cafe is located at 72 Bellbrook Plz, Bellbrook, OH 45305.
Have you been to any of these restaurants? What’s your favorite ‘mom and pop restaurant’ in Ohio? Share your thoughts with us!