Ohio Diners, Curiosities and Roadside Attractions

We asked our MyOhioFun.com followers to share their favorite Ohio diners, fun and wacky museums and roadside attractions.  Here are just a few of their suggestions.  Have a favorite diner or unique stop you want to share? Please reach out.

DINERS

Bud’s Diner
Address:  505 W. @nd St., Defiance, OH 43512
Tele: 419-782-9101 | budsrestaurantdefiance.com

Depot
Address: 80 Grant St, Rittman, OH 44270
Tele: 330-925-2600

Diner 23
Address: 300 W Emmitt Ave, Waverly, OH 45690
Tele: 740-941-1144 | diner23.com

Diner on 55th
Address: 1328 E 55th St, Cleveland, OH 44103
Tele: 216-417-8001 | dineron55th.com

Jim's Open Kitchen
photo credit: Diane Rock

Jim’s Open Kitchen 
33779 Aurora Road, Solon, OH
Tele: 440-349-1678 | Facebook page. 

This small diner has been serving up breakfast and lunch since 1959.  Favorites include their homemade sausage gravy, special breakfast and lunch combinations. The kitchen is only open from 7am-1pm daily.

JR Grinders Canfield
JR Grinders Canfield Ohio | Photo: D. Rock MyOhioFun.com

JR Grinder
Address: 400 W Main St #1478, Canfield, OH 44406
Tele: 330-702-8782 | jrgrinder.com

 

 

Lava Rock Grill ~ Unusual Junction Diner
Address: 56310 US-36, West Lafayette, OH 43845
Tele: 740-545-9772 | theunusualjunction.com

Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe – “The Gum Wall”
Address: 125 N. Broadway St., Greenville, OH 45331
Tele: 937-548-9340 | maidrite-greenville.com

 

Mary's Diner Geneva
Mary’s Diner | Photo: D. Rock MyOhioFun.com

Mary’s Diner
Address: 666 E. Main St., Geneva, OH 44041
Tele: 440-466-6393 | marysdiner.com

 

Mike's Place Kent Ohio
photo credit: Diane Rock

Mike’s Place
Address: 1700 S. Water St., Kent, OH 44240
Tele: 330-673-6501 | mikesplacerestaurant.com

Located just outside downtown Kent, is a place like no other.  Inside Mike’s, you will find half a ship, a bus, memorabilia,  an outdoor island style patio and more.  Allow plenty of time to read through the menu. You are going to find yourself chuckling over the menu. There is something for everyone. Burgers, salads, pasta, wraps, a large variety of sandwiches, and even breakfast.  A must stop if you are in the Kent/Brimfield area. 

Minerva Classic A 50’s Diner
Address: 317 E. Lincolnway, Minerva, OH 44657
Tele: 330-868-3684 | minerva57.com

Nancy's Diner Grafton
photo credit: Diane Rock

Nancy’s Main Street Diner
Address: 426 Main St., Grafton, OH 44044
Tele: 440-926-2462 |nancysdiner.net

This charming diner will take you back to the 50’s. All your favorite homestyle favorites are served.

Nutcracker Family Restaurant
Address: 63 E. Broad St., Pataskala, OH 43062
Tele: 740-964-0058 | nutcrackerfamilyrestaurant.com

Schmucker’s Restaurant
Address: 2103 N Reynolds Rd., Toledo, OH 43615
Tele: 419-535-9116 | schmuckersrestaurant.com

Southeast Harley Davidson Diner
photo credit: Diane Rock

The Original Harley Diner
inside South East Harley-Davidson
23105 Aurora Rd, Bedford Heights, OH 44146
Tele: 440-439-5900 |southeastharley.com/Diner
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9am-3pm

In 1946, the Diner, named Leo’s Diner, was originally located in Rochester, New Hampshire. In 1989 the Meyers brought the diner to their dealership, where it has been located inside the South East Harley-Davidson store ever since. The diner menu consists of breakfast and lunch diner favorites, including burgers, hot dogs, tuna sandwiches and wraps, hot dogs, salads, breakfast plates and sandwiches and more.   You will even find an Elvis owned motorcycle sitting in front of the diner.  Who knows, after you enjoy your meal and start looking around you may even leave with a new Harley. 

The Tin Goose Diner
The Tin Goose Diner | Photo: D. Rock MyOhioFun.com

The Tin Goose Diner
Address: 3515 E. State Rd., Port Clinton, OH 43452
Tele: 419.732.0236 |tingoosediner.com

There is just something unique and fun about eating at an old-fashioned diner.  Maybe it’s the 50’s music, or the home-style foods, or the taste of a real milk-shake or malt from an old-fashioned soda-fountain. Every time seems special.
Click here to read more. 

Triple Nickel Diner
Address: 1060 High St, Chesterhill, OH 43728
Tele: 740-554-3299 | triplenickeldiner.com

Looking to make it a road trip? Learn more about Morgan County here.






CURIOSITIES AND ROAD SIDE ATTRACTIONS

American Sign Museum
Address: 1330 Monmouth Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45225
Tele: 513-541-6366 | americansignmuseum.org

Buckland Museum of Witchcraft & Magick
Address: 2155 Broadview Rd., Cleveland, OH 44109
Tele: 718-709-6643 |bucklandmuseum.org

Castle Noel
Castle Noel | photo: D. Rock | MyOhioFun.com

Castle Noel
Address: 260 S. Court Street, Medina, OH 44256
Tele: 330.721.NOEL (6635) | castlenoel.com
America’s Largest Indoor Christmas Entertainment Attraction. See part of Hollywood & NYC in Medina. Breathtaking displays. Surprises! FUN for ages 2-102

Hartman Rock Garden
Address: 1905 Russell Ave., Springfield, OH 45506
hartmanrocks.org

Jungle Jim's
photo credit: Diane Rock

Jungle Jim’s International Market
Address: 5440 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield, Ohio 45014
Tele: 513-674-6000 | junglejims.com

You will find just about anything at Jungle Jim’s. Aisles of ethnic foods, whimsical decor and so more.  Pack a cooler if you visit this unique store. You are bound to find something you didn’t know you needed! 

Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum
Address: 13178 OH-664, Logan, OH 43138
Tele: 740-385-9706 | Click here for more information.

The Temple of Tolerence
Address: 203 S Wood St, Wapakoneta, OH 45895
Tele: 419-738-4474 |

Troll Museum Alliance
Troll Museum | Photo: D. Rock MyOhioFun.com

The Troll  Museum
Address: 228 E. Main St., Alliance, OH 44601
Tele: 330-596-1157 | thetrollhole.com

Victorian Perambulator Museum
Victorian Perambulator Museum | Photo: D. Rock MyOhioFun.com

Victorian Perambulator Museum and Art Gallery
Address: 26 E Cedar St, Jefferson, OH 44047
Tele: 440-576-9588 |victorian-perambulator-museum

You are not going to believe what you find in this museum, including a carriage that was once used by Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret.

Wood County Museum – “The fingers.”
Address: 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green, OH 43402
Tele: 419.352.0967 | woodcountyhistory.org

 


Article and photos, unless noted by: D. Rock, MyOhioFun.com

Diane Rock is the owner and editor of MyOhioFun.com, NorthernOhioTourism.com and the Tea Cup Rescue Society. She is an avid baker, gardener, Little Free Library owner, who loves to read and travel.  She spends most of her days sharing her love of things to do in Ohio, as well as creating destinations and itineraries for group tours and individual travelers.

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