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, friars, drug dealers – since 1946. It's an archetypal diner, servi…
Top Choice American in Columbus


This teeny restaurant in German Village serves rustic, locally sourced brunch fare. The menu changes, but you might fill a plate with griddled cinnamon rolls or braised pork cheeks with gravy and grits. It's almost …
Top Choice American in Ohio Amish Country

Boyd & Wurthmann Restaurant

Hubcap-sized pancakes, 23 pie flavors, fat sandwiches and Amish specialties such as country-fried steak draw locals and tourists alike. Cash only.
American in Cleveland


Famous for his tattoos, Food Network TV appearances and multiple national awards, local boy Michael Symon put Cleveland on the foodie map with Lola. While the menu changes based on what's seasonal, expect dishes suc…
Barbecue in Cincinnati

Eli's BBQ

Eli's is a wee spot that makes awesome barbecue, which is why there's always a line snaking out the door. Order at the counter, find a seat, then wait for staff to bring out your hickory-smoked ribs on a red plastic…
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 …
Cafe in Cleveland


It's hard not to fall for ReBol: it's right on Public Sq in the heart of the action, and its interior features fun murals of Abe Lincoln, Albert Einstein and other 'rebels'. (Understand the eatery's name now?) The o…
American in Dayton

Corner Kitchen

Simple wood tables, white panel walls and mismatched china plates set the mod-rustic tone at Corner Kitchen, a bustling diner-meets-French-cafe. Zingy cocktails sooth alongside meals of wine-steeped mussels, eggplan…
American in Columbus

DK Diner

Neighborhood families, hungover hipsters and old timers clamber into the booths at this traditional-looking diner in Grandview, about four miles northwest of downtown. They order off the donut list (the doussant, a …
American in Ohio Amish Country

Mrs Yoder’s Kitchen

A bit off the beaten path, Mrs Yoder’s is a swell choice for well-made Amish fare in simple environs. Order mains like wedding steak (browned beef baked in a mushroom sauce) a la carte, or fill a plate with juicy fr…