Ohio is flush with family-owned and operated diners serving up comfort and convenience with a side of nostalgia. So the next time you’re deciding where to go for brunch or a hearty late-night snack, check out one of these 10 best diners in Ohio.
Tommy’s Restaurant started out as a small soda fountain in 1972 and was recognized by Rolling Stone magazine for serving the “Best Milkshake East of the Mississippi.” Tommy’s Restaurant caters to all tastes and diets, whether you’re a vegetarian, meat-eater, or just plain hungry.
Founded in 1923, Sokolowski’s University Inn may not be near the university, but it’s one of Cleveland’s oldest and best diners for Polish and Eastern European cuisine. Stop in for some serious comfort food dishes, such as Salisbury steaks and mouth-watering pierogis.
For the best breakfast and lunch cooked from scratch, head to Tommy’s Diner in downtown Columbus. This family-friendly diner, adorned with stainless steel walls, neon lights, and red vinyl booths, serves up tasty BLTs, omelets, hotcakes, and much more.
Diane’s Restaurant has been serving quality food with a side of friendly service in Cincinnati for more than 30 years. Tasty salads, sandwiches, croissants, and appetizers can all be enjoyed at this cozy, local diner.
Since 1968, Nancy’s Home Cooking has been a Columbus institution. Stop in for hearty, home-style dishes, such as tasty chicken-n-noodles, meatloaf, omelets, and enormous breakfast platters served with a side of fun.
Take a step back in time with a visit to George’s Kitchen, a great local diner with an extensive menu of diner fare. Breakfast is available all day and there are approximately 200 items on the menu under $8!
Camp Washington Chili is a chili parlor that has been serving “chili-heads” in the Cincinnati area since 1940. The tasty chili speaks for itself, but you can also chow down on sandwiches and a number of other menu items straight from the grill.
Inn On Coventry is a small, mom-and-pop diner that serves quality, delicious favorites. If you’re going for brunch, get there early so you can enjoy all the coffee, mimosas, and uniquely-flavored pancakes that you want.
This local diner was a country kitchen for the first 30 years of its existence. Today, Bluebird Restaurant in Norwood offers fabulous breakfast specials as well as daily dinner specials. Order up some corn beef hash, meatloaf, homemade soup, or some Cincinnati-Style chili, and leave happy.
Big Al’s Diner in Cleveland is a quaint diner that is famous for its large portions of breakfast served all day as well as its hearty American fare at lunchtime. The food is excellent but that’s only part of the experience at this hole in the wall. The friendly staff and atmosphere is what will keep you coming back again and again.