O'Bettys Gypsy and Tempest Dogs

Ohio Food Road Trips

Whet your appetite to explore with our guide to 45 eateries and experiences that are worth the trip, from classic burgers to retro ice cream parlors. 

If you’re on the hunt for some authentic Buckeye State eats, we’ve assembled a list of must-visit restaurants you’re sure to love and food experiences that should be on every foodie’s list. From classic delis and gourmet dogs to historic spots and places to get great fried Lake Erie perch, we’ve got routes planned and checklists readied that will help you satisfy your appetite for travel, nostalgia and delicious Ohio eats. These places are guaranteed to deliver. So what’s on your menu? We’ll take your order.

Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park Topography event
Foodie DinnersFrom open-air gatherings on a farm to entire meals starring a particular vegetable, these food experiences showcase Ohio’s agricultural heritage and natural beauty.

Izzy's pastrami reuben
Classic DelisCorned beef never goes out of style. You won’t go wrong ordering it (or anything else) at these beloved Ohio delis.

Ohio Stadium smoked pork and brisket sandwich
Game-Day EatsPeanuts! Popcorn! Cracker Jack! They’re all great, but when it comes to chowing down as your team takes the field, order one of these favorites.

Dad and daughter at The Barn Restaurant
Historic SpotsThese places celebrate the people and ways of living from days gone by. Here’s where to grab a bite when you visit.

Wilson's Sandwich Shop hamburger and fries
Classic BurgersWhen you want a legendary burger, look no further than these longstanding spots.

Eli's BBQ ribs
Barbecue SpotsIf you think meats cooked slow and low isn’t an Ohio thing, you haven’t visited these places.

Aglamesis Brothers' ice cream
Ice Cream ParlorsWhen you want your sundae topped with a heaping scoop of nostalgia, here’s where to go.

Brennan's Fish House perch
Lake Erie PerchWhether you want it fried or broiled, one fish rules our Great Lake when it comes to your dinner plate.

O'Betty's Red Hot Gypsy and Tempest hotdogs
Gourmet Hot DogsFrom twists on classic creations to a laundry-list of toppings, these spots do it right.