10 Hocking Hills dining destinations to try this fall
You’ve built up quite the appetite with your Hocking Hills excursions — now where do you go if you’re not feeling that picnic you packed? Here are 10 great Hocking Hills dining options to try.
The Ridge Inn in Laurelville
What began as a family-owned coffee shop for locals expanded into this Hocking Hills restaurant serving a variety of comfort foods for visitors and locals alike. Best known for its homemade donuts, The Ridge Inn, 16178 Pike St., Laurelville, is great for kids and picky eaters — there is something for everyone.
Glenlaurel: Scottish Inn and Cottages
You’re not going to want to wear your hiking clothes to this luxurious Scottish Inn and Restaurant, 14940 Mt. Olive Rd., Rockbridge. There is no place quite like this Hocking Hills dining experience. Although boasting its lack of pretension, you’re sure to be impressed with the six (sometimes seven!) course meals and unique candle-lit atmosphere (with nightly Bagpipe players).
Hocking Hills Dining Lodge
Located close to Old Man’s Cave, the Hocking Hills Dining Lodge, 20020 State Route 664 S., Logan, is a homey affair (featuring local ingredients) with a large outdoor patio nestled in the heart of Hocking Hills. It’s a great place to unwind and have a beer with your friends after a long day of outdoor activities. Check out their weekly Sunday brunch buffet.
Kindred Spirits (at Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls)
With a new menu every season, Kindred Spirits is Hocking Hills,21190 State Route 374, Logan, dining at its finest — inside a log cabin. That’s right: Chefs prepare dishes with locally made ingredients (Ohio City pasta, chicken marsala, filet mignon) in an open kitchen within view of the intimate cabin’s dining area. Best for small groups/couples.
The Olde Dutch Restaurant & Banquet Haus
This home-style Amish restaurant, located at 12791 State Route 664 S., Logan, with hot, cold and dessert buffets also includes classic menu items like Amish-style chicken-n-noodles and roasted chicken with mashed potatoes. Seeped in tradition, this family-friendly and great-for-groups Hocking Hills restaurant has a deep history, located near historic Rempel’s Grove in Logan.
M&M Family Diner
Downtown Logan diner with loads of Ohio memorabilia — and the owner’s personal scrapbook items — lining the walls. Stop by after hiking a nearby trail for lunch and get a glimpse of a local family’s personal history, along with large lunch portions at a great price. Try the Mile High Roast Beef and the Pineapple Delight Pie at this much-loved Hocking Hills restaurant, located at 34 W. Main St., Logan.
Millstone Southern BBQ
Southern-style smoked BBQ that would make any southerner proud — Millstone chefs smoke their meat on site for 15-17 hours. With live music nearly every Saturday and bike nights each Tuesday, this is one Hocking Hills restaurant where it’s OK to get rowdy. Weekly specials and kid-friendly menus means something for everyone at this go-to BBQ spot, located at 12790 Grey St., Logan.
With “Cookin Like Granma” and farm kitchen décor — think rooster decorations — this roadside diner, located at 1545 E. Front St., Logan, is named after the owner’s mother, Pearl. Best known for its homemade desserts, try Pearl’s country-home-inspired bestsellers like banana-nut and date-nut bread.
With $1 Taco Tuesdays and your favorite Mexico-imported beer $1 off at happy hour, Maya Burrito, 12 E. Main St., Logan, is a cool budget spot to chill out and watch the game on a high-def TV, while enjoying the Mayan-inspired menu (think mayan achiote-spiced chicken).
Jack's Steak House
This super casual steakhouse (even open for breakfast) is great for families and the weary traveler who wants comfort food without a lot of hassle. Now serving locally made wine from Hocking Hills Winery, Jack’s Steak House, 35770 Hocking Dr., Logan, is a nice spot to rest for a bit. Lunch specials daily.