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…
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-…
American in Cleveland

South Side

Local athletes, blue-collar electricians and everyone in between pile into this sleek Tremont establishment to drink at the winding granite bar. They come for the late-night food too, like the grouper sandwich and b…
American in Cleveland


It's the lighter-fare sister of Lola (downtown). Munch on Iowa prosciutto, mussels and Neapolitan-style pizzas with cold local beer. Five-dollar food specials rock happy hour (5pm to 6:30pm, and after 9:30pm or so).
American in 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 Dayton & Yellow Springs

Winds Cafe

A hippie co-op 30-plus years ago, the Winds has grown up to become a sophisticated foodie favorite plating seasonal dishes such as fig-sauced asparagus crepes and rhubarb halibut.