Golden Lamb

Chicken Dinner | Hamburgers | Hotel | Pie Shop | Steak
Worth a detour

A vintage hotel in the old Quaker town of Lebanon, the Golden Lamb is a unique place to stay (eighteen rooms), and a nice place to have a square meal for lunch or dinner. It is a popular destination on a well-trod antiques-hunters’ route, and during the summer you will compete with tourists for a table. But there are a handful of items on the menu that are worth the inconvenience.

Sauerkraut balls  — a south Ohio favorite — have been a specialty of the house for decades, and they are wonderful. An appetizer is a huge portion: Ten spheres, each the size of a golf ball, deep-fried until dark crusty brown, surround a cup of cocktail sauce for dipping. The sauce is irrelevant, but the balls are delicious, their insides a creamy consistency reminiscent of potato filling, but with a nice pickly tang. One friend describes them like crab balls without the crab.

Entrees include Amish free-range chicken, prime rib, and braised lamb shank, and at lunch there are good hamburgers as well as lamb burgers. Desserts include banana bread pudding, lemon curd cheesecake, and fresh-fruit sorbets, but the mandatory one is Shaker sugar pie. It is a simple pastry, and rather homely – a thin layer of molasses-flavored custard that is sweet, faintly spicy, and impossible to stop eating.

What to Eat
Golden Lamb, sauerkraut balls
sauerkraut balls
A south Ohio favorite: sauerkraut balls
Golden Lamb, Shaker sugar pie
Shaker sugar pie
Shaker sugar pie is the must-eat dessert.
Golden Lamb, chocolate stack pie
chocolate stack pie
Stack pie = extra crust, extra filling
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday12pm - 7pm
Monday11:30am - 9pm
Tuesday11:30am - 9pm
Wednesday11:30am - 9pm
Thursday11:30am - 9pm
Friday11:30am - 9pm
Saturday11:30am - 9pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
5 stops | 49 MILES | 1 hr 14 min

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Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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