Top 10 Places to Get a Taste of NE Ohio
By Meg Berno

Top 10 Places to Get a Taste of NE Ohio

Working in the travel/tourism industry, I am continually asked questions from my family and friends such as “What’s the most popular attraction in Cincinnati?” or “Where’s the best place to see a concert in Columbus?” It’s akin to when you find out a friend is an auto mechanic and innately ask about that “clicking sound” you hear in your car. This is not to imply I don’t enjoy answering their questions, I actually consider it a perk of the job!

Anyway, my friend Greg and I were recently enjoying a delicious dinner at one of my favorite, albeit chain, restaurants in Cleveland. He asked me, “What are some unique dining experiences in (Northeast) Ohio?” Well, to Greg and all my friends, check out the list below of 10 Great Places to Get a Taste of Northeast Ohio! Factors considered include more than just food – although important – atmosphere is another key metric!

10) Dine on Kobe beef and Hawaiian seabass at The Skyway East in Mansfield

9) The best of Ohio’s wines are ready for tasting at the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival, Aug. 3-4, in Kirtland

8) Mapleside Farms in Brunswick serves up barbecue favorites like brisket and pulled pork in the Melrose Grill.

7) Indulge in Amish Farmers’ cheddar and Colby cheeses at Heini’s Cheese Chalet in Sugarcreek

6) Watch the sunset while enjoying free-range Chicken Marsala at The Lodge at Geneva-On-The-Lake. ( >>

5) Take in local history on walking tours and try the latest cuisine throughout Northeast Ohio on NEO Food Tours  

4) Try some soul food and feed your soul with music at House of Blues in Cleveland

3) Sample strawberry, cherry or raspberry wines at Maize Valley Market & Winery in Hartville

2) Sip a glass of Reffett Red at Black Sheep Vineyard in Adena, made from Ohio concord grapes.

1) Try Polish comfort foods, like pierogies, served cafeteria style at Sokolowski’s University Inn in Cleveland. (

You can find more Ohio travel tips, lists and fun facts in the new 2012 Ohio Travel Guide. Order online at or 1-800-BUCKEYE.


About the Author

Meg Berno is a freelance writer and Marketing Coordinator with the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau. Meg graduated from Miami University with a degree in Strategic Communications. Outside of work, Meg enjoys photography, writing and finding new places to explore in Ohio.