Fortunately, Ohioans always know the best places to eat in town—and visitors would do well to take our suggestions. It’s easy to let the well-known, big city restaurants get all the attention, but the small town joints are really where it’s at. They’ve got charm. They’ve got history. And they’ve got some of the best, most underrated food. Here are 11 scrumptious restaurants in Ohio you (probably) never even knew existed.
1. Magic City Diner (Barberton)
For fabulous breakfast, brunch and burger options, you'll want to check out this gem. (Pictured is the Waffle Breakfast Sandwich Special with ham, cheese and egg on a cheddar waffle.) Magic City Diner is located at 451 Fairview Ave., Barberton, OH 44203.
2. Golden Dawn Restaurant (Youngstown)
At this beloved local restaurant, you can get exceptional American, seafood and Italian options. (Pictured :The Jumbo Chopped Sirloin with everything and a scooner of beer.) You'll find Golden Dawn Restaurant at 1245 Logan Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505.
3. Blue Sky Restaurant (Elyria and Amherst)
With multiple locations, this northeast Ohio restaurant features some truly special breakfast and brunch options. Pictured is the Yiddish Sandwich, which is similar to a Reuben with potato pancakes instead of rye bread. You'll find the Elyria location (pictured) at 802 Cleveland St., Elyria, OH 44035.
4. Hartville Kitchen (Hartville)
It's a shame that more people don't know about this gem. With the freshest ingredients and only local chicken, you can get all your homemade favorites here. (Not to mention a selection of 21 pies for dessert!) Hartville Kitchen is located at 1015 Edison St. NW, Hartville, OH 44632.
5. Wally Waffle (Akron)
Just like you'd assume, the waffle selection here is endless and delicious. (Pictured is the Elvis Waffle with chocolate drizzle added.) But it's not just the waffles that are delicious; it's basically everything. Wally Waffle is located at 845 W Market, Akron, OH 44303.
6. Donavito’s Restaurant and Catering (Struthers)
For some of the best, most mouthwatering Italian options in Ohio, you've got to check out Donavito's Restaurant and Catering. (Pictured: Stuffed Hot Peppers, Shrimp and Grouper Gratan, Cranberry Apple Almond Chicken and Stuffed Chicken Marsala.) You'll find this impressive restaurant at 139 S Bridge St., Struthers, OH 44471.
7. Midwest Best BBQ (Camp Dennison)
When you've got a craving for some wholesome, tasty barbecue, you can never go wrong with this beloved local joint.
Pictured are the pork, chicken and brisket sliders. Midwest Best BBQ is located at 7832 Glendale Milford Rd.,
Camp Dennison, OH 4511.
8. Buffalo Jack's (Covington)
With weekly specials to die for and a down-home vibe, this local favorite restaurant is a must-visit when you're in the area. (Try the Prime Rib or Chicken Pot Pie.) It is located at 137 S High St., Covington, OH 45318.
9. Seoul Hot Pot (Cleveland)
You likely won't find any Korean food that's this authentic or this delicious in all of Ohio. This little-known Cleveland gem is located at 3709 Payne Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114.
10. 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.
11. Jen's Deli (Wilmington)
With a cozy atmosphere and great coffee, you'll feel right at home at Jen's Deli. It's the perfect place to catch lunch with a friend and enjoy a mouthwatering sandwich. You'll find Jen's Deli at 28 W Main St., Wilmington, OH 45177.
Have you ever been to any of these restaurants? What other small town restaurants in Ohio do you recommend? Share your experiences and suggestions with us!