Restaurants in Barberton, OH

There are other things to eat in the Akron suburb of Barberton, but the #1 reason to bring your appetite is a meal of Barberton fried chicken. Yes, a full meal — not just the chicken alone. Oh, the chicken is great, fried in lard until it attains a crisp, red-gold crust that shores in torrents of juice. But the ritual meal also includes a bowl of spicy tomato-rice hot sauce plus a timbale of sweet cole slaw, French fries (also fried in lard), and bread. The chicken recipe and the meal itself were brought to the New World from Serbia when the Topalsky family immigrated to the farmland of Ohio at the beginning of the 20th century. After they opened Belgrade Gardens, three more restaurants in town began serving the same chicken dinner, which is now Barberton’s claim to culinary fame. Barberton chicken aside, there is one other essential stop in town: Al’s Corner Restaurant. A modest storefront that serves only lunch, Monday through Friday, Al’s is affiliated with Al’s Quality Market just down the street, which is where its sausages are made. The sausages are divine, as is everything else on an Hungarian-accented menu that includes chicken paprikash, halushka, stuffed cabbage, and pierogies.

Barberton’s Most Famous Dishes

Bowl of chicken paprikash includes little dumplings and a crown of sour cream.

Chicken Paprikash

Kielbasa soup with tortellini & greens


Coffee-shop fried chicken dinner with mashed potatoes and greens

Chicken Dinner

Condiment array at an al fresco hot dog stand


Barberton’s Best Restaurants

Whitehouse Chicken | Unique Fried Chicken of Barberton Ohio


Close view of burger with the works and French fries ... best burger in Barberton
Hodge’s Cafe


Al’s Corner Restaurant


Chicken breast enclosed in a red-brown envelope of crust.
Belgrade Gardens


Interior of The Coffee Pot ... crusty-creamy home fries
Coffee Pot


Barberton Articles & Guides

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Still Saucy After All These Years

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Denny Gray, proprietor of Al’s Quality Market, in Barberton, Ohio, opens the door of his smoker. Hot, white clouds billow out forcefully enough to fog glasses and make eyes...

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

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Great Barberton Recipes

Barberton fried chicken with fries and coleslaw

Barberton Chicken Recipe | Fried Chicken | Barberton, OH


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