Sometimes, you have to drive a little while to get to the good food.
From mouthwatering barbecue joints to heartwarming Amish Country restaurants, you won’t have a hard time stumbling across a delicious place to eat whenever you’re traveling the back roads of rural Ohio. The following are 11 rural restaurants in Ohio that are so worth the drive.
1. Boyd and Wurthmann Restaurant (Berlin)
What was once a grocery store in the 1930s is now a beloved Amish restaurant that locals and visitors alike can't get enough of. Boyd and Wurthmann Restaurant is located at 4819 East Main St., Berlin, OH 44610.
2. Rebecca’s Bistro (Sugarcreek)
Located in the village of Walnut Creek, coming here almost feels like you're visiting a friendly neighbor for the afternoon, rather than eating at a restaurant. Housed in a restored log cabin that was built in the early to mid-1800s, you'll feel right at home at Rebecca's Bistro. (And you really can't go wrong with anything you order at Rebecca's, as everything is prepared with the freshest ingredients and local produce.) You'll find it at 4986 Walnut St, Sugarcreek, OH 44681.
3. Uncle Beth’s BBQ (North Lewisburg)
From hearty pulled pork sandwiches to mouthwatering brisket, Uncle Beth’s BBQ in North Lewisburg has it all—not to mention homemade desserts that are to die for. It’s a somewhat unassuming restaurant that’s the perfect example of a hidden gem. You have to travel off the beaten path somewhat, but the journey is totally worth it. It's located at 6262 OH 245, North Lewisburg, OH 43060.
4. Amish Door Restaurant (Wilmot)
Set in an oversized Amish style home that has a seating capacity of 450, this restaurant is located in Wilmont. Guests can also choose to have a full family sized Amish style meal prepared instead of individual orders. Amish Door is located at 1210 Winesburg St., Wilmot, OH 44689.
5. Guggisberg's Chalet in the Valley (Millersburg)
Enjoy authentic Swiss, Austrian and American cuisine in the heart of Holmes County at Guggisberg's Chalet in the Valley. It opens for the season in March and is located at 5060 OH-557, Millersburg, OH 44654.
6. Spillway Lodge (Clarksville)
What appears to be a country home off a dirt road in Clarksville, Ohio is actually a delicious restaurant with incredible views. Spillway Lodge is an old farmhouse sitting on 128 acres of beautiful, countryside land.You'll find it at 623 Old State Rd., Clarksville, OH 45113. (Please note: GPS and cell phone service may be limited.)
7. 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.
8. Malabar Farm Restaurant (Lucas)
Nestled in the hills of Pleasant Valley in Lucas, Ohio is a picture perfect farm with an unbelievably nice restaurant. The food is superb and the setting is simply unforgettable. The Malabar Farm Restaurant is housed in a restored 1820s stagecoach inn. In spite of its upscale French and home-cooked cuisine, the restaurant has a cozy atmosphere that makes you feel right at home. You'll find it at 3645 Pleasant Valley Road, Lucas, OH 44843.
9. Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen (Mt Hope)
For some of the best old-fashioned cooking in Ohio, be sure to check out this Amish Country gem. Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen features a hearty buffet, delicious homemade pies and an at-home atmosphere we know you'll love. It is located at 8101 State Route 241, Mt. Hope, OH 44660.
10. The Stockport Mill Inn and Restaurant on the Dam (Stockport)
Tucked away along the Muskingum River in southeast Ohio, you'll find this hidden gem. The last remaining mill on the river is now a one-of-a-kind overnight getaway and restaurant. Today, it is still powered by hydroelectricity, and the mill itself has been in operation since 1842. You'll find it at 1995 Broadway St., Stockport, OH 43787.
11. The Barn Restaurant (Smithville)
A refurbished rustic barn, board games and a scenic lake you can explore outside give this unique eatery an unbelievably charming atmosphere. You’ll fall in love with the setting and feel right at home. The Barn Restaurant is located at 877 W Main St., Smithville, OH 44677.
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