Clays Cafe

Clay’s Cafe is an old-fashioned ice cream parlor and restaurant.

  • Open: 10am – 9pm Monday through Saturday (closed Sunday)
  • Location: (Map It) 808 West Main Street in Hebron, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-929-2529
  • Web:

Clay’s Café in Hebron, Ohio dates back to 1934. Their motto is homemade with pride. It’s a nostalgic small-town diner nestled into a neighborhood setting. The atmosphere is set by the staff – friendly and helpful. And the commentary from diners is in a word – delicious!

When West Main Street turns rather residential, there’s a modest yellow house with a sign out front with a big colorful picture of a sundae. The sign reads…

Clay’s Café
Old Fashioned Ice Cream
in the rear

Pull down the driveway. Tucked behind the house is a subtle yellow brick building with red brick patio seating complete with cute umbrella tables snuggled near flower planters. Inside is the historic ice cream parlor and diner.

Earl and Dorothy Cummins opened the Cummins Ice Cream shop here in 1934. The Clay family (Sherman and Evelyn) bought and renamed it in 1979. And until 1997 it was known as County Fair Foods. They still serve their Sherm Fries known as their famous “Fair Fries.” Their daughter Glenna and her husband Mark renamed the eatery Clay’s Diner in tribute to their family history and its connection to the historic National Road. Today, it’s the kind of place you overhear multigenerational families say, “My dad used to bring me here when I was a kid.”

But the house specialty didn’t come along until the year 2000. Clay’s stromboli has lit up the taste buds of a new generation. They fill their pizza dough with pepperoni, sausage, and cheese. Once it’s baked, it is smothered in garlic sauce. And served with their signature pizza sauce.

The menu not only features those famous fries, stromboli, and ice cream but a variety of options. These include a classic or build-your-own pizza. A patron favorite is Susan’s Zah. It has seasoned grilled chicken with ranch dressing, garlic sauce, and basil smothered in Swiss and mozzarella cheese. Be sure to have a napkin handy. It’s mouth-watering!

A favorite off the grill is their Homemade Pulled Pork Sandwich. This delight is slow-cooked and then drizzled with barbeque sauce on a grilled ciabatta roll. It comes with a side of slaw but this slaw takes a backseat to nothing! The slaw, the slaw is to die for!

They also offer your sub sandwich staples, build-your-own burgers, and plenty of appetizers (try the Deep-fried Cauliflower). A lineup of salads and their homemade soups will get things started. And to finish, we come complete circle to ice cream cones, splits, sundaes, shakes, oh, and cake, too.

By Frank Rocco Satullo, The OhioTraveler, Your Tour Guide to Fun!

Columbus Food Adventures

Welcome to Columbus Food Adventures.
Excerpt from a past edition of by Christine Bryant

A Columbus tour group is hoping to satisfy the tastes of local food lovers.

Whether it’s exploring the city’s stash of taco trucks, or browsing delicacies at some of the capitol’s finest restaurants, Columbus Food Adventures takes visitors on five different food tours throughout the city.

Bethia Woolf, owner of Columbus Food Adventures, says the tours aren’t just for out of towners, though.

“I think they have something to offer people who live in Columbus because it’s a way of trying different restaurants in one day,” she said. “It’s a great way to explore and find new places.”

Woolf, a food blogger, got the idea of running a food tour company in Columbus after hearing about successful tours in New York.

“I think Columbus has a lot of great food and we started the business because we wanted to really show that off,” she said.

In the summer of 2010, Woolf began offering culinary tours, which typically run three to four hours in length.

“We take people to the places with the most interesting stories or who are doing special things,” she said.

Group tour and private tour options are available for any of the five tours: The German Village Tour, the Alt Eats Food Tour, Short North Food Tour, the Taco Truck Food Tour and the All Food Dessert Tour.

Tickets range from $50 to $60 and include all the food on the tours, transportation and the guides. Two of the tours – German Village and Short North – are walking tours.

German Village Tour

Lined with historic brick homes, the streets of this Columbus neighborhood located just south of downtown are home to some of the city’s most famous restaurants.

Stops on the food tour include Lindey’s, G Michael’s Bistro, Pistacia Vera and Barcelona. Also on the tour is Harvest Pizzeria, known for its gourmet Neapolitan-style pies, and Katzinger’s, a deli featured on the Food Network.

The German Village Tour begins at 2 p.m. on Saturdays from March through December.

Alt Eats Food Tour

The Alt Eats Food Tour takes visitors on a tour of the world by including Somali cuisine, Vietnamese sandwiches, Mexican baked goods, Nigerian food and Southern Indian delicacies.

The tour takes place in ethnic neighborhoods near North Cleveland Avenue, and visitors will travel in a 14-passenger van to each destination.

Tours typically run beginning at 6 p.m. on Fridays.

Short North Food Tour

The Short North is one of Columbus’ most popular neighborhoods. Located just north of downtown, the Short North includes boutiques, an arts district and quaint bars and restaurants.

Woolf says the Short North tour is designed to show off some of these features, beginning with the North Market, a public farmers’ market that operates year-round. The tour includes a history of the building and allows tour goers to meet some of the market’s local food vendors.

The tour also includes another five to six stops, including Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, which has been featured on the Food Network.

The tour is a walking tour, and kicks off at 11 a.m. – just in time for lunch.

Taco Truck Food Tour

Scattered throughout the west side of Columbus are some of the city’s best Mexican dishes served in taco trucks.

Tour goers will board a passenger van and travel to five of the most popular trucks. Each stop includes a tasting of each individual truck’s specialty.

The most popular tour Columbus Food Adventures offers, the Taco Truck Food Tour also gives visitors insight into how to order at a taco truck, meat choices and the history of some of the different dishes.

This tour runs from April to the end of October.

All Dessert Food Tour

A popular choice among sweet lovers, the All Dessert Food Tour visits some of Columbus’ best sweet spots.

The tour begins at Pistacia Vera in German Village and includes Sugardaddy’s in downtown Columbus where tour goers will sample the store’s famous brownies. The tour also includes a stop for artisan roasted coffee at Café Brioso, baked goods at Pattycake bakery in Clintonville and a frozen treat at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream.

Mixologist Cris Dehlavi will create dessert cocktails for the final stop at M Restaurant. There also will be non-alcoholic drink options for those who are not of age or do not want to consume alcohol.

The tour begins at 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

Woolf said Columbus Food Adventures also can arrange a special gluten dessert tour for groups of eight or more.

To order tickets for any of these tours, call 1-800-838-3006 or go to

By Christine Bryant

Dublin Village Tavern

Welcome to the Dublin Village Tavern in Dublin, Ohio

  • Open: Daily from 11am – 11pm (Sunday 12 – 9pm). Kitchen closes an hour before closing time.
  • Location: (Map It) 27 S. High St. in Dublin, Ohio
  • Phone: 614-766-6250Web: click here

The Dublin Village Tavern is a place where the locals gather, and visitors are welcome. The building dates to the late 1800s and across the street was an old stagecoach stop. The brick sidewalks and enchanting architecture mix the influences of the old country with today. This quaint setting is comfortable, and it has an Irish egg roll appetizer that you may never stop eating. The Irish Kettle Dinner and Tavern Meatloaf are two favorite entrees. There’s also a great sandwich and burger selection. Leave room for dessert – The Triple Irish!

Granville Inn

Welcome to the Granville Inn.

The Granville Inn is an historic English Manor inn in Granville, Ohio. Its become a dining destination for lovers of great food throughout central Ohio. Voted  Best New Restaurant byColumbus Monthly magazine this year, Granville Inn is a cherished landmark in the heart of this quiet New England-styled village.

Offering a delightful selection of contemporary cooking rooted in classic French traditions, our emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients, and the finest meats and seafood, is complimented by a wine list of over 90 selections.  Open breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Each of our thirty guest rooms offers individual character and style through their unique furnishings and décor. All rooms feature feather beds, plush linens, luxurious guest amenities and modern comforts such as full, private baths, cable television and high-speed Internet.

Escape to Granville Inn.  Great taste in the heart of Granville only 10 minutes North of I-70 East of Columbus.

Lava Rock Grill at Unusual Junction

Welcome to Lava Rock Grill at Unusual Junction.

  • Hours: Monday – Friday 11 – 2; Sat. & Sun 11-4
  • Location: (Map It) 56310 US 36 in West Lafayette, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-545-9772

The Lava Rock Grill at Unusual Junction:  One of Ohio’s unique shopping & dining attractions. Situated in a restored 19th century railroad station and 7 vintage train cars. Featuring a Gourmet deli and food market, a 1950’s era retro diner serving lunch and snacks.

Featuring gourmet sandwiches, char-grilled burgers, homemade soups & salads, and ice cream desserts, set in a 1950s style diner. Lava Rock Grill is also now the home of the Bob Barker Price is Right game show sign, so you can dine under the flashing TV show icon while watching the original programs on television.

Marion’s Eaterarian Trail

Welcome, Foodies, to the Marion County, Ohio Eaterarian Trail.

Marion County, Ohio Eaterarian Trail:  Travelers like to visit those fascinating places, museums, historic sites, beautiful scenery, etc. But they also travel because they like to find new great places to eat. Not the well-known, tourism factory restaurants, but the small, out-of-the-way places that are worth exploring for. Sound familiar? If so, it begs the question, “Are You an Eaterarian?”

Eaterarians are not connoisseurs, gourmets, or even foodies. Eaterarians like to find those out of the way eateries with great food, an unassuming atmosphere, and where having a laugh with friends isn’t considered inappropriate. They usually find these places by accident. It would be great if there was a list, maybe even a map of places like that. A list of all the great diners, little local places, and stand-up eateries – all within a few minutes of each other. Places with those ‘best-ever’ breakfasts, works-of-art burgers, authentic throwbacks, and just plain, comfortable food. The good news is it can all be found in Marion County as you travel the Eaterarian Trail. About a dozen incredible, unique eateries that are truly local, totally comfortable, and memory-making.

Mozart’s Bakery & Piano Cafe

Welcome to Mozart’s Bakery  & Piano Café in Columbus.

  • Hours:    Sun – Mon 8 am – 5:30 pm; Tue – Thr  7 am – 10 pm; Fri – Sat 7 am -11 pm (call number above for hours of other locations) 
  • Location: (Map It) 2885 North High St. in Columbus, Ohio 
  • Phone: 614-268-3687 or 1-888-MOZARTS 
  • Web:  

The Mozart’s Bakery  & Piano Café in Columbus:  Anand Saha left India to study hotel management in Europe, where he met Austrian native Doris Tinter, training to become a pastry chef. They shared a dream of owning a business, which became reality in 1995 with the opening of Mozart’s Bakery and Café.

Today, the Sahas have three more stores: Mozart’s (North Market); Café Mozart (on Indianola); and Café Amadeus (363 E. Town St.). They all offer free wireless Internet access and fabulous food, and the High St. and Indianola locations offer live classical music every weekend. They also hold a High Tea, with more than 20 teas and a mouth-watering display of canapés and pastries, each Tuesday through Sunday from 2 pm to 4 pm (reservations required).

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are also available, with choices ranging from Ham, Mushroom, and Swiss Omelet to Muesli to Eggs Amadeus, and such lunch/dinner specials as Hungarian Goulash, Mushroom and Asparagus Quiche,  three kinds of  Schnitzel, and Spaetzle with Spinach and Swiss Cheese. More familiar fare, such as a burger, is also available.

And all four locations offer goodies like apple strudel, napoleons, petit fours, and tortes (including my favorites, tiramisu and lemon cream), available in individual servings or as whole desserts. Prices vary; call for details. Or stop by for a bite and pick up one of their popular mini gift boxes while you’re there. If you don’t come away groaning in delight and repletion, you have more self-control than I do!

Nutcracker Family Restaurant

Welcome to Nutcracker Family Restaurant in Pataskala, Ohio

  • Open: Tuesday thru Sunday from 7am – 8pm (closes 2pm Sunday)
  • Location: (Map It) 63 E. Broad St. in Pataskala, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-964-0056
  • Web: click here

The Nutcracker Family Restaurant is a 1950’s style diner featuring nutcracker memorabilia galore. The interior is candy for the eyes featuring a classic black and white checkered floor, red vinyl booths, neon sign, and a jukebox playing anything from Chuck Berry to Buddy Holly. Come for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or just pony up to the counter and have freshly brewed coffee. The pork tenderloin sandwich is out of this world. Homemade desserts range from their signature Snicker cookie pie and old-fashioned malts to Amish chocolates and retro candy. double-decker banana cake is to die for! This American diner has all the staples, and then some!

Old Mohawk Restaurant

Welcome to the Old Mohawk Restaurant at German Village in Columbus, Ohio.

  • Open: Tuesday – Saturday from 11am – 10pm, and Sunday & Monday from 11am – 9pm.
  • Location: (Map It) 819 Mohawk St. in Columbus, Ohio
  • Phone: 614-444-7204
  • Web: click here 

The Old Mohawk Restaurant at German Village in Columbus has a history dating back to Prohibition when the owner was said to have raised the turtles for its famous Turtle Soup in the basement. Today, it’s just as popular. It has a wonderfully large horseshoe bar and seating inside and out. The menu is tasty up and down, live music may set the atmosphere, and smiley faces all around tell any passerby that this is an old neighborhood jaunt to sit down and share with friends.

Pure Imagination Chocolatier

Welcome to Pure Imagination Chocolatier in Columbus.

  • Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9am -7pm; Saturday – 8am – 5pm; Sunday – 12 noon – 5pm
  • Location: (Map It) 59 Spruce St. (in the North Market) in Columbus, Ohio
  • Phone: 614-221-5433
  • Web: click here

The Pure Imagination Chocolatier in Columbus:  The first time I met Dan Cooper, owner/operator of Pure Imagination Chocolatier, he was hand-dipping bits of fruit in chocolate, and I couldn’t resist trying one or two. OK, I tried several, along with some dark chocolate drops, and they were fantastic. How did he do it?

His face lit up as he explained. Freshest cocoa beans. Pure cocoa butter. The highest grade of chocolate. His own secret recipe, heated three times at various temperatures. Then he broke off sheepishly. “Sorry, that’s probably more than you wanted to know. I love to talk about chocolate. I’m a chocolate geek!”

He sure is. He left high school to build a chocolate lab in his basement. He worked three jobs to save money for his business. He spent (rare) days off tracking down secondhand equipment, talking to other chocolatiers, and experimenting. And a decade later, his chocolates are a Columbus treasure.

I love his truffles, especially the Twist My Arm (dark chocolate ganache covered in milk chocolate) and the Mousse Au Chocolat Dark (dark ganache crème covered in dark chocolate), but he also has other goodies, too: buckeyes, cherry bombs, macadamia paws, pecan clusters, chocolate-dipped potato chips… yummy!

Dan does it all himself, from preparing the chocolate to hand-dipping the candies, and  plans to keep it that way. He should probably hire a helper (besides his grandmother, who waits on customers at the shop), but doing it himself insures quality and keeps his recipes secret. And he only wants one shop. “Quality is a solitary calling,” he says. “Pure Imagination will never be a chain.”

Schmidt’s Fudge Haus

Schmidt’s Fudge House is an old-world delight in Columbus’ German Village neighborhood.

  • Open: Daily from 12 – 6pm on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Closes at 7pm on Friday and Saturday, and 3pm on Tuesday
  • Location: (Map It) 220 East Kossuth St. in German Village, Columbus, Ohio
  • Phone: 614-444-2222
  • Web:

Schmidt’s Fudge House has mastered an old-world technique for making Belgian-inspired fudge! Cooking with Paula Deen named it the fourth-best fudge made in America! After it’s cooked in copper kettles, it is hand-crafted and finished on marble tables. It achieves a sophisticated flavor by combining ingredients like Belgian chocolate, creamy caramel, smooth peanut butter, fluffy marshmallows, walnuts, almonds, and roasted pecans into the mix. It’s so good that celebrities such as Martha Stewart and Adam Richman (Man vs. Food Travel Channel Show) have made special journeys to get a taste of this treat nestled in the brick streets of German Village in Columbus. Their chocolate is also out of this world delicious!

Sugardaddy’s Sumptuous Sweeties

Welcoem to Sugardaddy’s  Sumptuous Sweeties in Columbus.

  • Downtown Columbus Location: (Map It) 11 E. Gay Street @ High Street – Hours: Monday – Friday 11am to 6 pm
  • Polaris Area Location: (Map It) 1329 Cameron Avenue @ Cameron Avenue; Lewis Center in Columbus, Ohio – Hours: Monday – Friday 11am to 7pm; Saturday 10am to 4pm
  • Phone: 614-888-4491
  • Web:

Award-winning Sugardaddy’s Sumptuous Sweeties®, Purveyors of The Edgeless Brownie®, has redefined the cozy, American classic brownie into a truly luxury dessert indulgence, gifting, and special occasion experience. Sugardaddy’s has extended its fresh-baked luxe brownie and blondies line with Sugardaddy’s Brownie Biscotti, Brownie Truffles, Brownie Cheese Cakes, Brownie Cakes, and Brownie Trifles. Each and every order is hand-made to the customer’s specifications; then hand-cut, hand-packaged, and hand-delivered to ensure the perfect presentation. Equally impressive is that gift-givers can have their gifts “their way” by customizing the flavors and the packaging. Personalized monogramming is also available with Sugardaddy’s Signature Silk Collection and Sugardaddy’s Personalized Petite Totes.

Sugardaddy’s has been named “Best of the Best” by Food Network and crowned winners of Throwdown with Bobby Flay. In addition, Sugardaddy’s has been named “Best Gift” by Instyle, Suite,,,, and Sugardaddy’s has been selected as “Editor’s Pick” byChocolatier, Food 411, The, Instyle, Midwest Living, Woman’s Day, Instinct, and Vive. Sugardaddy’s has appeared on such shows as Ellen, The Rachael Ray Show, and Queer Eye and has been featured by The French Culinary Institute’s, The Gilded Fork, ABC 9 Bridge Street, and NBC 4 Today/Midday.

Perfect for individual gifting, corporate gifting, and entertaining, Sugardaddy’s Sumptuous Sweeties® products can be ordered online at, by phone at 1.888.4 I WANT 1, or at Sugardaddy’s Retail Store at 1329 Cameron Avenue in Lewis Center, Ohio.

Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl

Welcome to Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl in Zanesville.

Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl in Zanesville has been serving satisfaction for more than 70 years.

‟At Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl, we only serve the freshest old-fashioned foods.”

Their sundaes are legendary. And all of their ice cream and comfort foods are the stuff cravings are meant for. Whether you come for burgers, hotdogs, sandwiches, soups, nuts, chocolates, or a variety of delicious ice cream, you’ll be back.

Velvet Ice Cream & Ye Olde Mill

Welcome to Velvet Ice Cream at Ye Olde Mill, home to the  Velvet Ice Cream Company in Utica, Ohio.

  • Open: Tuesday – Sunday from  11am – 7pm*  (Kitchen closes at 6pm). *Hours may change into the fall months. Check the website below for the most up-to-date hours of operation.
  • Location: (Map It) 11324 Mt. Vernon Rd. in Utica, Ohio
  • Phone: 800-589-5000 
  • Web: click here

Ye Olde Mill, home to Velvet Ice Cream, in Utica, Ohio was originally built in 1817 and has been the home of Velvet Ice Cream since 1970. It sits on 20 acres of picturesque land in Licking County and features a catch and release fishing pond, playgrounds, and a Buckeye Tree grove.

Each year the Mill serves up good eats and sweet treats for 150,000 visitors from all over the country in a turn of the century ice cream parlor and restaurant. Ye Olde Mill is also is home to a gift shop and Ohio’s only ice cream museum. It is the perfect destination for a day trip or to celebrate weddings, birthdays, family gatherings, and more.

The restaurant can accommodate large groups for any occasion. For group reservations, contact Guest Relations at 800-589-5000.

Wendy’s Flagship Restaurant

Admission to Wendy’s Flagship Restaurant in Dublin, Ohio is free.

  • Open: 9 am – 10 pm, daily
  • Address: (Map It) 4555 W Dublin Granville Rd. in Dublin, Ohio
  • Phone: 614-799-2347
  • Website: click here

Wendy’s Flagship Restaurant in Dublin, Ohio is a must-see for any traveler. On top of quality food, this store has the latest design and technology and is located right across the street from Wendy’s headquarters.

Visit the Community Room where you will find historical items such as the original Wendy’s uniform and ad campaigns from throughout the years. The community room also features Dave Thomas memorabilia including the 1996 Olympic torch he carried through Dublin and the $105,000 Waterford Crystal Hamburger.

Whether you walk in or drive-thru you will be greeted by a life-size bronze statue of Wendy’s founder, Dave Thomas.

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