By Vince Guerrieri
Posted On: Aug 24, 2020
There’s no better time to pack a picnic lunch and dine alfresco. With Ohio’s size, variety of climates and rural traditions, it’s easy to pack a picnic basket full of foods from our very own state. Check out some Ohio-made and Ohio-inspired bites!
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
Since Serbian immigrants came up with a unique twist on fried chicken, Barberton in Summit County has billed itself as the 'Fried Chicken Capital of the World' (it’s even the topic of a book). One of those foods that can be eaten at room temperature and with your hands, fried chicken is ideal for picnic fare. Real Barberton chicken can be found in several locations throughout the town, like at Whitehouse Chicken.
For a spicy option, try some Nashville-inspired chicken from Ohio fave Hot Chicken Takeover.
Pasta and Potato Salad
What’s a picnic without potato or pasta salad? Pick some up at Dionne’s Meats in Parma (they also have a stand in the West Side Market in Cleveland). Dionne’s also offers homemade sausage and hot dogs. And if you’re looking for hot dog toppings… keep reading.
A condiment for sandwiches or hot dogs, Bertman’s has been a staple. The mustard is a blend of sweet and tangy flavors, offering a little kick without being overpowering.
If you're looking for an extra topping, try some pepper relish from Rust Belt Pepper Co.
Obviously, you’ll need some kind of snack food before the main event! Ballreich’s in Tiffin has you covered with a variety of flavors (I’m kind of partial to barbecue), as well as pretzels, popcorn and other snacks. Or try some chips from these other Ohio companies.
A Cold Drink
Treat yourself to a refreshing glass of lemonade or iced tea. You can find both at James Tea. Or you can quench your thirst with classic brew like "Prosperity," a crisp wheat beer from Market Garden in Cleveland. There are plenty of other options available, depending on your tastes.