The 10 Best Places for BIG Food in Ohio!

For the ultimate feast and feat, Ohio has some establishments with serious eats. When there’s a challenge attached to gobbling down a massive meal, it makes it all the more satisfying! For restaurants with huge portions and other giant eats, check out these 10 awesome spots in Ohio.  

1. Thurman Cafe, Columbus, OH

The Thurman Cafe is a Columbus landmark which opened in 1942. The restaurant serves up the best burgers in the region and features a massive 12-ounce burger called the Thurmanator. This hefty burger is packed with an enormous patty, bacon, cheddar, another 12-ounce burger, mushrooms, onions, ham, and more and comes piled with fries.

2. Steve’s Gyro, Cleveland, OH

If you’re craving a gyro, then head to Steve’s Gyros stand in Cleveland’s West Side Market. These giant gyros have been featured on “Man vs. Food,” “The Food Network,” and many other food shows.

3. Mike’s Place, Kent, OH

Mike’s Place is a fun and funky eatery that features American comfort foods. For a real challenge, order the Mike’s Stu-Anator Burger which consists of six three-quarter-pound burger patties, onion, lettuce, tomato, mushrooms, and plenty of cheese. The burger is then topped with fries and pickles and everything must be eaten within 30 minutes to get it for free.

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4. Izzy’s, Cincinnati, OH

Izzy’s is home to fantastic Reuben sandwiches and potato pancakes. As featured on “Man vs. Food,” the 110 Reuben Challenge begins with an enormous potato pancake which is topped with a pound of corned beef, a pile of fresh dressing, and smothered in Swiss cheese. Finally, the sandwich is placed between poppy seed bread and served with an order of pickles.

5. Melt Bar and Grilled, Multiple locations

Melt Bar and Grilled is a unique restaurant that serves gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and beer. This grilled cheese shop also has a Melt Challenge, which is over five pounds of food. The monster grilled cheese is made of 13 different cheese, three slices of bread, and piled with fries and slaw. 

6. Schmidt’s, Columbus, OH

For unpretentious, German dishes, visit Schmidt’s in Columbus. This historic eatery is famous for its large Bahama Mama—a beef and pork hickory-smoked sausage—as well as other traditional German dinners and a scrumptious German buffet.

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7. Hot Sauce Williams, Cleveland, OH

Hot Sauce Williams is a legendary barbecue joint in Cleveland. Featured on “Man vs. Food” is their Polish Boy, a kielbasa sausage buried in fries and slaw and stuffed in bun then covered in spicy sauce.

8. Main Street Saloon, Akron, OH

Main Street Saloon in Akron features an incredible eating challenge made up of an 80-ounce steak, baked potato, and side salad with a roll. You must finish the meal within 45 minutes in order to get it for free and get your picture on the wall of fame.

9. Playmakers Sports Grille, Garfield Heights, OH

Sports bars and food challenges are a perfect fit. At Playmakers Sports Grille, those up to the challenge can order the Terminal Tower Burger—two 10-ounce beef patties topped with six slices of bacon, ham, mushrooms, coleslaw, two fried eggs, cheese, guacamole, and all the fixings along with one pound of fries, more slaw, and a beverage. 

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10. Windsor Pub, Akron, OH

The final burger challenge to make this list is the Triple Windsor Pub Burger—a 3.5-pound burger loaded with cheese and mushrooms. Finish it in under 30 minutes, and you’ll receive a t-shirt along with your picture on the wall of fame and the meal for free.

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