Restaurants in Ohio

A big state with a sprawling culinary personality, Ohio is home to outstanding Polish and Hungarian food in and around Cleveland and to the unique layered-spaghetti Cincinnati chili known as Five-Way. Cincinnati, which also happens to be a great ice cream city, is the place to visit Old World butchers who still make their sausages from scratch and to sample goetta, a pork and pin-oat loaf that is outstanding breakfast meat. Barberton, just outside Akron, is famous for its super-succulent fried-in-lard chicken dinners; and the tiny town of Waldo has gained great fame for its world’s-best bologna sandwich. If you are making it your business to visit America’s greatest steak houses, the Pine Club of Dayton belongs near the top of your itinerary.

Ohio’s Most Famous Dishes

Mountainous sandwich holds pastrami, egg, French fries, cole slaw, and a tomato at Primanti Brothers in Pittsburg, PA


Cup of chili topped with cheese and chopped raw onions


Burger on a tender bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayo ... car hop service

Grilled Hamburger

Wedge of pie with tall yellow base and even taller meringue, flecked with toasted coconut


Ohio’s Best Restaurants

Ice Cream Parlor - Moose Tracks
Ice Cream Parlor


Golden Turtle - Exterior
Golden Turtle


Graeter's - Black Raspberry


Young’s Jersey Dairy - Ice Cream
Young’s Jersey Dairy


Hot Sauce Williams






Sandwich holds a slab of moist, porky goetta
Eckerlin Meats






Little Polish Diner


Multi-layer dobos torte cake
Perla Homemade Delights


Flury’s Cafe




Aglamesis Bros.


Kennedy’s B.B.Q.


Camp Washington Chili Parlor


Pine Club - Filet Mignon
Pine Club


Whitehouse Chicken | Unique Fried Chicken of Barberton Ohio


Golden Lamb - Shaker Sugar Pie
Golden Lamb


White Turkey Drive-In


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Sandwich holds a slab of moist, porky goetta

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Chicken breast with red-gold crust shares plate with French fries.

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Pine Club - Red & Blue Salad

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Anderson’s Frozen Custard - Frozen Custard

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Cheeseburger at Crabill's in Urbana, OH 

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Randy's donuts exterior view

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Chocolate layer cake frosted with caramel and pecans

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Southern Kitchen - Pie

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Bowl of chili with onions, cheese & chips ... chili nation

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Cozy Corner - Baloney

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Double decker Reuben sandwich

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In a clear plastic cup, ice cream is topped with swirls of hot fudge and caramel, pecan halves, and a maraschino cherry

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Price Hill Chili - Five Way Chili

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Great Ohio Recipes

Barberton fried chicken with fries and coleslaw

Barberton Chicken Recipe | Fried Chicken | Barberton, OH

Cincinnati Chili


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