When you travel, it can be tough to know where to eat, and where to avoid. Well we are here to help, with a little local knowledge. No matter what your dietary preferences are, we are here to help you find a good place to eat.
This one is no secret and no surprise. Pizza Crossing is a Hocking Hills staple and a favorite of travelers and locals alike. In fact, Pizza Crossing recently was recognized as the best pizza in Ohio by Trip Advisor. Our favorite pie is half BBQ chicken and half pepperoni, but they have all the toppings of a classic pizza shop. They also have gluten free options, and a few nice salads on the menu. You can dine in and rub elbows with some of the friendly locals, or pick-up a pizza to go and enjoy it with a movie next the fire in your cabin. There is no wrong way to eat Pizza Crossing.
The Olde Dutch Restaurant is classic down-home comfort food. Their juicy broasted chicken will have you going back for seconds. Their buffet will make sure you do not leave hungry. It has all of the country fixin’s to warm you up on a cold day, or fill you up after a long day of hiking. And before you leave, you don’t want to miss the ice cream and homemade pie buffet. And with a kid’s meals at only $3.99 and adults meals under $15, you won’t break the bank.
Rhapsody is a casual fine dining restaurant in the historic downtown square of Nelsonville. Rhapsody is an extension of the Hocking College culinary school, and utilizes the chefs of tomorrow to make cutting-edge comfort foods with local fresh ingredients. With dishes like the “Ocean Pen” Salmon Brule or the classic Pork Chop with cauliflower puree and risotto Bianca, there is something for everyone. Many gluten free and vegan options available as well.
Hungry Buffalo is the new kid on the block, but don’t let that fool you. They are a spin-off of the Hocking Hills staple Millstone BBQ (more on them later). Hungry Buffalo specializes in all things guilty pleasure. With starters like their fried green tomatoes, to the craft burgers like their one of a kind breakfast burger, or their classic hot dogs, and creative sammies, your taste buds won’t know what hit them. Oh, and how could I forget, their in house breaded and battered Nashville hot chicken tenders and killer wings, the hardest part will be to narrow it down to just one menu item. Our favorite is the dry rub wings, so crispy and delicious you won’t want to share. They also have a great selection of local beers to wash it all down.
JimBo’s is a little gem that is a little off the beaten path, but totally worth the trip. Located in South Bloomingville (about 10 minutes from Old Man’s Cave), JimBo’s has been slinging burgers and beers that is the perfect compliment to a day full of outdoor activities. The burgers are as big as your face, and the beers are as cold as a February morning. This is a popular spot for bikers and car cruisers alike, but is family friendly as well. They are only open Thursday through Sunday, so plan accordingly.
Who doesn’t love some good old southern BBQ? Millstone doesn’t disappoint. From brisket, to pulled pork, smoked chicken, and their seriously good bacon wrapped burnt ends, this is the place for all my fellow carnivores. With a great selection of local beers, a full bar, endless soup and salad, and corn bread muffins with honey butter, you will leave fat and happy. Don’t forget about their Sunday breakfast buffet either. For under $10, it is hard to beat.
Pearl’s Dinner in Logan is your classic diner with a small town feel. This is your stop for simple small town classics, for breakfast lunch and dinner. Pearl’s is best known for their breakfast, but don’t sleep on their country classics fried bologna sandwich or pork tenderloin. When you get your check, you might think there has been a mistake, but no its just small town prices with portions for hungry customers.
Home Tavern is a humble towny bar with cheap drinks, tasty food, and a big dance floor. Live music is somewhat regular, and bad dance moves are abundant. This is your place to lose your ego and just have some fun. Most menu items pair well with beer, the animal fries and fried mushrooms are just a few of our favorite bar menu items.
Although the Hocking Hills Winery does not serve food other than some charcuterie and chocolates, they don’t mind if you bring your own food. You can pick up a pizza, pack a little picnic, or grab some steaks and grill them yourself at their complimentary grills onsite. Hocking Hills Winery is a great spot, tucked away and surrounded by trees, to sample some local wines. We love going for a sampling flight, and we always have to end it with one of their wine slushies.