Casa Nueva, Athens

In Ohio, visitors can eat with the best of them. The state’s Midwestern location — think sprawling farmland between cities and comparatively inexpensive rents — provides fertile ground for innovative startups and creative takes on national food trends. What Ohio offers for gastronomical thrill seekers (and those who are just hungry) is something they can’t find anywhere else.

As diners put increased importance on buying and supporting local businesses, restaurateurs and chefs have stepped up to the plate with plenty of uniquely palate-pleasing choices diners can feel good about putting in their mouths. From amazing grilled cheese to celebrity chefs and from food truck entrepreneurs to James Beard Award-winning chefs, there is a taste to suit your family, friends and wallet.

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