It’s no secret; small town restaurants are the best restaurants.
Fortunately, Ohio is full of all sorts of local, family-owned restaurants that quietly serve up some of the most amazing food you’ll ever taste. The next time you find yourself passing through these small towns, be sure to check out these restaurants:
1. 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. You'll find Uncle Beth's BBQ at 6262 OH 245, North Lewisburg, OH 43060.
2. Arch & Eddie's (Jackson)
This beloved local favorite features a variety of American, Italian, Mexican and seafood cuisine at affordable prices. The atmosphere is cozy, and the house setting will make you feel right at home. Arch & Eddies is located at 181 E Main St., Jackson, OH 45640.
3. The Coffee Cup (Massillon)
Massillon's oldest restaurant is proud to be Massillon's oldest restaurant, (and rightfully so.) With breakfast served all day, hearty burgers and all meals made from scratch, you really can't ask for anything better. The Coffee Cup is located at 426 3rd St. SE, Massillon, OH 44646.
4. G & R Tavern (Waldo)
At G & R Tavern in Waldo, you'll find what is arguably the best fried bologna sandwich in Ohio (and quite possibly the world.) It is located at 103 N Marion St., Waldo, OH 43356.
5. Covered Bridge Pizza Parlor (North Kingsville)
A unique and delicious pizza eating experience awaits you at this one of a kind pizza joint. Covered Bridge Pizza Parlor is located at 6541 South Main St. North Kingsville, OH 44068.
Nancy’s Main Street Diner (Grafton)
Don't make the mistake of skipping out on dessert or a fountain soda at this old-fashioned, beloved diner. Nancy's Main Street Diner is located at 426 Main St., Grafton, OH 44044.
7. 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.
8. The Spot To Eat (Sidney)
Both literally and figuratively, this is the spot to go to for a tasty, classic cheeseburger in Sidney. What started out as a chuck wagon more than 100 years ago is now a stationary old fashioned eatery that will make you feel like you've temporarily stepped foot into a Happy Day's episode. The Spot To Eat is located at 201 S Ohio Ave., Sidney, OH 45365.
9. 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.
10. Spearman's Restaurant (Howard)
Two words: Banana Salad. (Yes. Banana Salad.) See why the locals love this signature dish and other crowd-pleasing, home-cooked foods. (And don't forget to save room for pie.) Spearman's Restaurant is located at 26155 Coshocton Rd., Howard, OH 43028.
11. K’s Hamburger Shop (Troy)
Tucked away in western Ohio you'll find this nostalgic gem, serving up delicious grub with a friendly staff since 1935. You simply can't go to K's Hamburger Shop without ordering one of the restaurant's famous, yet humble burgers, complete with your choice of toppings. The nostalgic vibe here will remind you of simpler times, when you sat at the counter and knew the staff by name. It's located at 117 E Main St., Troy, OH 45373.