Taggarts opened in 1926 and has changed very little since then. While the specialty is ice cream with great sauces, there also is a full menu of sandwiches, burgers, soups and salad.
Conveniently located right next to I-70 in eastern Ohio, Tom's Ice Cream Bowl serves sandwiches, roasted nuts and, of course, their own made-in-house ice cream.
Melt's over-the-top grilled cheese sandwiches have earned it legions of fans who come for the likes of the Westside Monte Cristo (honey ham, smoked turkey, Swiss, American, and mixed berry preserves) and the enormous Parmageddon," which is filled with potato and cheese pierogies, fresh Napa vodka kraut, grilled onions, and cheddar.
The Little Polish Diner is really little and really Polish, its chef, Sophie Hart, having learned to cook in her home in Poland. Daily specials include bigos (hunter's stew), chicken paprikash, and Friday lake perch. Pierogi and kielbasi always are available.
State Meats is a butcher shop and smoke house that specializes in all things central European, from traditional sausages to a kielbasa burger that is like a hamburger but made with kielbasa meat. Travelers without a ready kitchen can enjoy a beautiful kielbasa sandwich, served warm and ready to eat off the car dashboard.
Tucker's is a 1946-vintage urban hash house that does things the old-fashioned way: buys meats at the local butcher, peels potatoes for hash browns, and cooks everything to order. It is not especially fast food, but it is true comfort food, city-style.