November 2011 Issue
Each of Ohio Magazine’s Best Hometowns has a selection of top-notch restaurants. The following are some that OM editors and hometown residents recommend.
Mom’s Diner, 215 N. Defiance St., 419/445-5060. This is a ’50s/’60s retro diner, complete with jukeboxes on each table, friendly service, burgers, milkshakes and homemade pie. Be sure to try the cheese fries.
Starliner Diner, 5240 Cemetery Rd., 614/529-1198. With a menu that includes Pizza Cubana, Yucatan Marinated Chicken Breast and Mexican Chorizo, Starliner’s fare leans toward Hispanic and anything south of the border. But there are American folk art murals on the wall and an atmosphere where the 1960s hippie scene meets the local Chamber of Commerce at this local favorite.
Golden Lamb Inn, 27 S. Broadway, 513/932-5065. If you like a side of history with your meal, visit the Golden Lamb, the oldest operating restaurant in Ohio. Historical figures including 12 U.S. presidents have visited, along with literary luminaries such as Mark Twain. For your evening repast, choose from prime rib, beef tenderloin, pork chops, salmon, turkey breast and other favorites. Also serving lunch.
Rhapsody, 18 Public Square, 740/753-5740. Hocking College’s award-winning culinary and hospitality program students, under the direction of Chef Autumn Wallace, show their stuff at this upscale restaurant located on the town square. The menu emphasizes seasonal selections and, whenever possible, local ingredients in offerings such as slow barbeque short ribs with clover honey, fried cornbread and zucchini.
The Feve, 30 S. Main St., 440/774-1978. A favorite gathering place for Oberlinians, The Feve serves lunch, dinner, Saturday and Sunday brunch and weekday breakfasts. The first-floor restaurant has table service for dining and drinking, while upstairs a more casual atmosphere invites patrons to enjoy food and drinks at the bar. Like its hometown, The Feve is eclectic: the menu serves everything from burgers to vegan and vegetarian selections, and includes an array of plain and seasoned fries and tater tots.