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FAVORITE OHIO DINERS

Yep. I have thing for diners. Not sure if it’s the cute bar stools, the down home cookin’ or how they have become such a part of my traveling road life. There is nothing like a small town diner. I think I have an addiction. Some friends call me “Queen of the Diners”.

Time to share.

During my road trip travels through Ohio, I have enjoyed many of Ohio’s diners. Below are just a few of the notable diners I have found. In order to make my diner list, a diner must have diner stools or it needs to offer that diner experience.

This list will be updated as I visit more diners.
(Last update: May 3, 2024)

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OHIO DINER STOPS

Things to know before you go:

–  All diners are listed in alphabetical order. Location and county noted.
– Check the diners open times before heading out. What is listed may change.


Buckeye Diner - Bellville, OH My Ohio Fun

BUCKEYE EXPRESS DINER

Address: 810 State Route 97 W Bellville, Ohio 44813
buckeyeexpressdiner.com

If you love trains and you are an Ohio State Buckeye fan, this diner is for you. Located high on a hill overlooking I-71, this roadside stop has been serving American favorites to tourist and locals.

Open every day, you will find a selection of burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, wraps, sides, salads, and their homemade fries.


Eat-n-Run Diner - My Ohio Fun

EAT-N-RUN

Address: 1323 Kenmore Blvd., Akron (Summit County NE OH)

I found this little diner just by chance. The staff will tell you they are the best kept secret in the area. Don’t bring your credit cards, this diner is cash only.

Serving breakfast and lunch.
Soups, sandwiches, dinners and more.

Things to know before you go:
🔹Closed on Mondays. T-F 6am-2pm
Sat-Sun 6am-1pm (breakfast only)
🔹 Parking is in the center of the road. Directly across the entrance.
🔹 CASH only.
🔹 Walker accessible. Not wheelchair.


BUD’S DINER

Address:  505 W. @nd St., Defiance, OH 43512 (Defiance County NW OH )
Tele: 419-782-9101 | budsrestaurantdefiance.com

 

Chloe's Diner - My Ohio Fun

CHLOE’S DINER 

Address: 112 1st St. NE, Massillon, OH 44646
330.880.0104 | chloesdiner.com

Car enthusiasts rejoice. This diner not only makes famous sliders, you get to enjoy your meal while taking in the views of classic cars and memorabilia.


CIRCLE RESTAURANT 

Address: 1290 OH-14, Deerfield, OH (Portage County NE OH)
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Can you say “HUGE” pancakes? Serving breakfast anytime, the Circle Restaurant is the area’s go to place for homestyle cooking.  The Circle Restaurant less than 6 miles south from I-76.

Side trip: Just down the road is the Deerfield Cemetery. One its a historic site of Rachel Grant, U.S. President’s grandmother. Second the cemetery is the resting place for a little Indian boy.


Cissy's Diner - My Ohio Fun

CISSY’S DINER 

Address: 465 W. Park Ave., Barberton, OH (Summit County NE OH)

This family owned diner is located inside the old Barberton post office, You can even see some of the boxes on the back wall. Local favorite that only accepts CASH.

Side trip: Al’s Meats. Just around the corner is Al’s Meat and Restaurant, If you love Hungarian sausage, paprikash, cabbage rolls and meat from the butcher, you might want to make a quick stop.


DEE’S 50’S PLACE DINER

Address: 581 Norton Ave., Barberton, OH (Summit County NE OH)
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Listen to 50’s music as you enjoy your meal at Dee’s. Dee’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner items. All the American classics. Make sure to check the daily special list before ordering.


DINER 23

Address: 300 W Emmitt Ave, Waverly, OH 45690 (Pike County SW OH)
Tele: 740-941-1144 | diner23.com

DINER ON 55TH

Address: 1328 E 55th St, Cleveland, OH 44103 (Cuyahoga County NE OH)
Tele: 216-417-8001 | dineron55th.com

East Side Lamp Post - My Ohio Fun

EAST SIDE LAMP POST 

Address: 2146 E. Market St., Akron, OH 44312 (Summit County NE OH)
330.733.5308 | Facebook 

This little dinner with it’s 50’s feel and red bar stools may be known for staying open late and serving their famous  “He-Man” breakfast platter ( 3 eggs, double order of hash browns, biscuits & gravy, pancakes, meat and a side of toast), but don’t under estimate their burgers or their hand dipped milk shakes.  Even their soup of the day was delicious. 

Menu items include American classics like burgers, fries, salads, soups, fried chicken, dinners, and those hand dipped milk shakes. Kids menu available.

Things to know before you go:
🔹Breakfast and dinner is served all day.
🔹Make sure your check out their “specials” board.
🔹Parking is available on-site.


Fred's Diner - My Ohio Fun

FRED’S DINER

Address: 930 Home Ave., Akron, OH 44310 (Summit County NE OH)

All I can say is, it’s a “Baconfest” when you order their breakfast with bacon. Not just one or two pieces, you get a nice portion of their “fried” bacon. No wonder this unassuming diner is such an area favorite.

Menu includes breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, soup, burgers, dinner selections including pork chops and fried ocean perch.

Things to know before you go:
🔹 Open: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 6 am to 3 pm, except major holidays. (Posted on website.)
🔹Parking is available on-site.
🔹Seating area fills up. Allow time if crowded. Word is out.
🔹Cash and credit cards accepted.


FRESH START DINER

Address: 9810 Ravenna Rd., Twinsburg, OH 44087

This small diner packs them in. First diner I have been in where there is a bell that is wrong when the kitchen receives tip.

Jim's Open Kitchen
photo credit: Diane Rock
JIM’S OPEN KITCHEN 

Address: 33779 Aurora Road, Solon, OH (Cuyahoga County NE 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.


Johnny's Diner - Hudson Ohio - My Ohio Fun

JOHNNY’S DINER 

Address: 180 W. Streetsboro Road, Hudson, OH 44236
johnnysdinerhudson.com

Grab breakfast, lunch or dinner at this diner. Located in a shopping plaza, you will find all those diner selections, as well as,  Johnny’s famous chili, Grand Slam burgers and ice cream sundaes.  This diner get’s extra points for the leg lamp.

Side trip: Allow time to shop Hudson’s Main Street and First & Main.

 


JR GRINDER 

Address: 400 W Main St #1478, Canfield, OH 44406 (Mahoning County NE OH)
330.702.8782 |  jrgrinder.com

Step inside JR Grinder and you will be taken back to the 50’s & 60’s. This local diner with bright colors serves up subs, hand-dipped milkshakes, floats, malts, breakfast items, pizza, as well as  grinders. Order a sandwich and you will be treated to a piece of bubble gum.  How retro is that?

Side trips:

If you enjoy looking for hidden treasurers, the Mahoning County Visitor & Convention Bureau has put together a shopping trail for you. Details can be found here.

Another cool stop is the TP Tools Auto Museum.
Location: 7075 State Route 446,Canfield, OH 44406
1.800.321.9260 | LEARN MORE.

Open every Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

If your road trip brings you to the area on a Saturday, and you love cars, a pit stop at the TP Tools Auto Museum should be on your itinerary.  Over 500 classic cars are on display.  Don’t forget to bring your camera, because not only are you going to want to take photos of the cars, you are going to want to take photos of all the different store themes recreated.  Did I mention FREE ADMISSION?


Lava Rock Grill ~ Unusual Junction Diner

Address: 56310 US-36, West Lafayette, OH 43845 (Coshocton County Central OH)
Tele: 740-545-9772 | theunusualjunction.com

 






 

Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe – “The Gum Wall”

Address: 125 N. Broadway St., Greenville, OH 45331 (Darke County SW Ohio)
Tele: 937-548-9340 | maidrite-greenville.com

 

Mary's Diner - Geneva Ohio

MARY’S DINER 

Address: 666 E. Main St., Geneva, OH 44041 (Ashtabula County NE OH)
Tele: 440-466-6393 | marysdiner.com

Sit me down with a cup of coffee and a good book and I could spend all day at this busy little diner, located in the heart of Ohio’s Wine Country.


Minerva Classic A 50’s Diner

Address: 317 E. Lincolnway, Minerva, OH 44657 (Stark County NE OH)
Tele: 330-868-3684 | Facebook

Nancy's Diner Grafton
photo credit: Diane Rock
NANCY’S MAIN STREET DINER

Address: 426 Main St., Grafton, OH 44044 (Medina County NE OH)
Tele: 440-926-2462 |nancysdiner.net

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

Nutcracker Family Restaurant

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

Oldies & Goodies - Akron, OH

OLDIES & GOODIES FAMILY DINER 

Address” 641 Massillon Rd., Akron, OH 44306 (Summit County NE OH)
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This small family run business may not look like much from the outside, but the locals have no problem with that.  Find classic breakfasts, burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and daily specials.


Schmucker’s Restaurant

Address: 2103 N Reynolds Rd., Toledo, OH 43615 (Lucas County NW OH)
Tele: 419-535-9116 | schmuckersrestaurant.com

Southeast Harley Davidson Diner
photo credit: Diane Rock
ORIGINAL HARLEY DINER

inside South East Harley-Davidson
Address: 23105 Aurora Rd, Bedford Heights, OH 44146 (Cuyahoga County NE OH)
Tele: 440-439-5900 |southeastharley.com/Diner
Hours: Check website.

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 COFFEE POT 

Address: 202 2nd St., NW., Barberton, OH (Summit County NE OH)

This little diner is located right in Downtown Barberton.  Their menu selection includes breakfast  favorites, sandwiches and salads.


Depot Restaurant - Wadsworth Ohio

THE DEPOT 

Address: 80 Grant St, Rittman, OH 44270 (Wayne County NE OH)
Tele: 330-925-2600 | Facebook 

This stop may not have diner stools, but a repurposed train station always makes my list.  Family owned, this adorable diner serves a variety of breakfast and lunch items, including biscuits and gravy, homemade soups, salads and sandwiches.


THE ENCHANTED CAFE

Address: 559 Norton Ave., Barberton, OH (Summit County NE OH)
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Breakfast dishes including eggs benedict. Burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads, daily specials and delicious home made baklava.  Take time to view the charming “enchanted” artwork throughout the diner.


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 (Ottawa County NW OH)
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.
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The Village Diner - My Ohio Fun

THE VILLAGE DINER 

Address: 28149 Miles Rd., Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
440.248.1332 |thevillagediner.com

Breakfast, burgers, sandwiches, corned beef, homemade soups and specials is what you will find being served at The Village Diner.


TRIPLE NICKEL DINER

Address: 1060 High St, Chesterhill, OH 43728 (Morgan County SE OH)
Tele: 740-554-3299 | triplenickeldiner.com


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