Top Choice American in Dayton & Yellow Springs

Young's Jersey Dairy

Young's is a working dairy farm with two restaurants: the Golden Jersey Inn, serving dishes like buttermilk chicken; and the Dairy Store, serving sandwiches, dreamy ice cream and Ohio's best milkshakes. There's also…
Top Choice Diner in Cincinnati


Located in a tough zone a few blocks from Findlay Market, family-run Tucker's has been feeding locals – African American, white, foodies, penniless – since 1946. It's an archetypal diner, serving shrimp and grits, b…
Seafood in Cincinnati

Chez Nora

Its tables sprawl throughout a quaint multistory building, while its menu sprawls from chicken-and-goetta spring rolls to chilled mussels to walleye sandwiches to vegetarian pesto pasta. The rooftop bar provides vie…
Ice Cream in Cincinnati

Graeter's Ice Cream

A local delicacy, with scoop shops around the city. The flavors that mix in the gargantuan, chunky chocolate chips top the list.
Diner in Cincinnati


Hathaway's hasn't changed its retro dinette tables, or apron-wearing waitresses, since it started feeding hungry businesspeople 30-plus years ago. Try the goetta (pork, oats, onions and herbs) for breakfast – it's a…
Ribs in Cincinnati

Montgomery Inn at the Boathouse

Almost as renowned and addictive as Cincinnati chili are Montgomery Inn's barbecued ribs. There are a couple of outlets, but this riverside one is the best, taming carnivores with 13.5 tons of meat weekly.
American in Cincinnati

Skyline Chili

Cincinnati chili is a local specialty. A 'five-way' is a version comprised of meat sauce (spiced with chocolate and cinnamon) ladled over spaghetti and beans, then garnished with cheese and onions. Although you can …
Modern American in Cleveland


Famous for his piercings, Food Channel TV appearances and multiple national awards, local boy Michael Symon put Cleveland on the foodie map with Lola. The lower-priced lunch dishes are the most fun, such as the egg-…
Eastern European in Cleveland

Sokolowski's University Inn

The portions are huge, enough to fuel the hungriest steelworker. It's cafeteria style, so grab a tray and fill it with plump pierogi, cabbage rolls and other rib-sticking Polish fare.
International in Cleveland


Tofu, seitan and other old-school veggie dishes emerge from the kitchen, though carnivores have multiple options, too.