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Mehlman Cafeteria

51800 National Road, St. Clairsville, OH - (740) 695-1000
Come to the Mehlman Cafeteria for a heartland square meal: turkey with dressing, stuffed peppers, roast beef, ham, or meat loaf with mashed potatoes. The chicken pot pie is delicious, as is the local favorite, ham loaf. There’s always fried fish – a passion in these parts – and we have especially enjoyed such ethnic specialties as kielbasa and sauerkraut and a tangy cabbage roll.
93% Approval Rating (15 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Roast Beef with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
ham loaf
Banana Cream Pie
broccoli casserole
turkey and dressing
fried fish

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (1)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Mehlman’s is a great big cafeteria with a small-town feel. It goes way back to the 1960s when Mary Mehlman Dietrich opened a small restaurant in the Wheeling, West Virginia WMCA. Today her son Fred runs the show; and although service is brisk and do-it-yourself, as ..."   [Read More]
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Carrie Hill
March 09, 2011
"My husband and I were looking for a place for lunch while driving from Cincinnati to Philly one spring. We both did a rubberneck routine at the billboard, spotting the word "Cafeteria" (cafeterias are few and far between). We got off at the following exit, drove back ..."   [Read More]
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Ted Rishforth
June 11, 2008
"Our summary impression of the Mehlman Cafeteria is that the food is decent, the staff is friendly, and the crowd consists of "regulars." We made a planned stop at Mehlman Cafeteria on our way from Cincinnati to Pittsburgh based on the other Roadfood.com reviews. The ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

51800 National Road, St. Clairsville, OH
(740) 695-1000

http://www.mehlman.com

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
My tray at Mehlman's is loaded with cafeteria classics.  Clockwise from bottom left: ham loaf in chicken gravy, macaroni and cheese, peach crumb pie, apple sauce, green beans, deviled eggs, and iced tea.
"My tray at Mehlman's is loaded with cafeteria classics. Clockwise from bottom left: ham loaf in chicken gravy, macaroni and cheese, peach crumb pie, apple sauce, green beans, deviled eggs, and iced tea."
Cliff Strutz





Usually skip dessert at lunch?  Make an exception!
"Usually skip dessert at lunch? Make an exception!"
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


A sweet ham steak with a crusty side of mac and cheese.
"A sweet ham steak with a crusty side of mac and cheese."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Typical of a Midwest cafeteria, the beginning of the line is where you will find all the pies, salads, and Jellos.
"Typical of a Midwest cafeteria, the beginning of the line is where you will find all the pies, salads, and Jellos."
Cliff Strutz


The picture doesn't do this justice, but it gives some indication of how, through the magic of cafeteria cooking (and cheese and margarine and bread), a simple green vegetable can be turned into a rib-sticking dish.
"The picture doesn't do this justice, but it gives some indication of how, through the magic of cafeteria cooking (and cheese and margarine and bread), a simple green vegetable can be turned into a rib-sticking dish."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


We enjoy looking at decades old menus, and we always marvel at the low, low prices (Beef Barbecue - 15 cents, Buttermilk - 5 cents).  This contemporary menu practically seems like one of those.
"We enjoy looking at decades old menus, and we always marvel at the low, low prices (Beef Barbecue - 15 cents, Buttermilk - 5 cents). This contemporary menu practically seems like one of those."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


A big place with the heart of a small town cafe but a state-fair menu
"A big place with the heart of a small town cafe but a state-fair menu"
Michael Stern



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