Five Foodie Destinations in Ohio


A food lover’s guide to the Buckeye State

As one of the largest agricultural producers in the U.S., Ohio is a mecca for fresh food and farm-to-table dining experiences. Explore the varied and diverse food options the Buckeye State has to offer.

Go international at the North Market

Tucked into the Short North neighborhood of Columbus, the North Market offers one of the area’s most diverse public markets. The selection of more than 30 vendors includes prepared meals from Italian, Belgian, Polish and Indian kitchens. During the Ohio growing season, the North Market is host to the oldest and largest Columbus farmers market. Dine at the market and then take home other delectable finds like wine, desserts, cheese and chocolates. Visit http://www.northmarket.com to learn more.

Trek the aisles at Jungle Jim’s

Navigating Jungle Jim’s often requires a map and several hours of devoted time. As the largest international food grocery store in Ohio, Jungle Jim’s carries a diverse display of Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern and African foods. The expansive store also has its own cheese shop, olive pit, coffee shop and wine selection. While visiting, be sure to check out the sites that make Jungle Jim’s unique, like the theme park ride displays and the deceivingly disguised restrooms. The original store is located on Dixie Highway in Fairfield. A second location recently opened in Eastgate, south of Cincinnati. For more information, visit http://www.junglejims.com.

Step back in time in Amish Country

Time moves just a little slower in Holmes County, where rolling hills, country log cabins and Amish buggies dot the landscape. As home to the Guggisberg Cheese Factory, Breitenbach Wines, and Heini’s Gourmet Market, there are miles of food stores and restaurants to explore. Enjoy a home-style meal at Boyd and Wurthmann Restaurant and then head to Der Dutchman Bakery for dessert. Visit http://www.ohiosamishcountry.com for dining and lodging information.

Discover the revamped depot in Dayton

A renovated B&O Railroad building, the Second Street Market in downtown Dayton is committed to local, sustainable food and goods. Vendors range from local artisans to farmers and culinary experts. Open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Market visitors can dine for breakfast or lunch. Specialty coffees and foods line the venue, as do vegetables and fruits during the growing season. Additional information is available at http://www.metroparks.org/Parks/SecondStreetMarket/.

Farm the fields and rub elbows with professional chefs

Food lovers who want the experience of harvesting and preparing their own vegetables can get no closer to the farm-to-table experience than a visit to the Culinary Vegetable Institute. Located on Old Mudbrook Road in Milan, the institute is focused on healthy eating education and sustainable living. Special events are held throughout the year, and a monthly Earth-to-Table Dinner Party draws large crowds. Visit http://www.culinaryvegetableinstitute.com to learn more.

Spend an afternoon, evening, or weekend exploring some of Ohio’s favorite food destinations. Whether you want to dine out or simply discover unique foods to prepare at home, you’re sure to find the perfect bite in Ohio.

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