Ohio January 18, 2019
9 Wackadoodle Restaurants In Ohio That Will Change How You Think Of Eating Out
Ohio practically specializes in quirky restaurants.
Eating a meal out can be fun—if you know where to go, that is. From neon lighting to superhero-themed pancakes, there’s likely an unusual restaurant within an hour’s drive time of you. The following are 9 wackadoodle restaurants in Ohio that will change how you think of eating out. See how many you’ve been to before and which ones you need to add to your dining bucket list:
1. Terry's Turf Club (Cincinnati)
With jumbo burgers, a neon-lit room and exceptional beers, this local dive is a classic you don't want to miss out on. Come for the food; stay for the quirky atmosphere. You'll find it at 4618 Eastern Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45226.
2. Unusual Junction (West Lafayette)
The Lava Rock Grill Diner at Unusual Junction is one of the quirkiest places you'll ever eat. You never know just what you'll spot on the walls or the ceiling here. On the menu, you'll find everything from mouthwatering burgers to upscale pasta dishes. The best part? Everything here is made from scratch. You'll find it at 56310 US-36, West Lafayette, OH 43845.
3. The Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe (Greenville)
"Home of the famous Maid-Rite, Cheese-Rite and Big Jim," this unsuspecting sandwich shop upholds a strange tradition. Visitors stick their chewing gum outside along the "Wall of Gum" and come inside for what is arguably Ohio's best loose meat sandwich. This unusual eatery is located at 125 N Broadway St., Greenville, OH 45331.
4. Mike's Place (Kent)
Out of all the unique places to eat in Ohio, Mike’s Place is undeniably Ohio’s quirkiest. From palm trees and tiki bars to Star Wars memorabilia and castles, it’s hard to pinpoint the overall theme of this unforgettable restaurant that truly marches to the beat of its own drum. (When it comes to the food, you'll find a wide variety of hefty American cuisine, appetizers and breakfast served all day.) Mike's Place is located at 1700 S Water St., Kent, OH 44240.
5. Super Chef's Breakfast & More (Columbus)
With two locations in the Columbus area, this popular breakfast joint specializes in superhero themed dishes that are just as delicious as they are creative. (Pictured is "The Hulk.") Both Marvel and DC fans will appreciate the decor here. And you never know what super hero costumes the servers will be decked out in. Super Chef’s Breakfast & More is located at 199 E Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215 and 1344 Cherry Bottom Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230.
6. Sugar n' Spice (Cincinnati)
You'll come for the epic breakfast food and leave with a souvenir rubber ducky. Sugar n' Spice is one of the most colorful and iconic Cincinnati area restaurants. Locals and visitors alike will come back for more. You'll find it at 4381 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45229.
7. O’Betty’s Red Hot (Athens)
The small town of Athens, Ohio is home to a grommet hot dog shop that’s also a mini museum. O’Betty’s Red Hot is unlike any other restaurant in Ohio. Chili, goat cheese, avocado, bacon, coleslaw—anything goes on a hotdog here. The Wonderful Wacky Hot Dog Museum features hundreds of hot dog related items, many of which you've likely never seen before. You'll find everything from a hot dog shaped phone to a hot dog shaped harmonica. O’Betty’s Red Hot is located at 15 West State St., Athens, OH 45701.
8. Tackle Box 2 (Fremont)
9. Melt Bar and Grilled (Various locations)
With an array of specialty sandwiches and several shop locations in Columbus and Cleveland, this sandwich joint has made quite an impression on locals. In addition to mouthwatering sandwiches and eclectic decor, this shop is known for its "Melt Challenge," which features more than 5 lbs. of food; composed of 13 different cheeses, three slices of grilled bread and a pile of hand-cut fries and slaw. (Pictured: "The Big Popper.")
Have you been to any of these restaurants before? What other restaurants would you add to this list? Let us know!