13 Ways To Eat Around The World Without Leaving Ohio

Good food in one perfect location? Done. Discover Ohio and find all the flavors of the world within its wonderful, heart-shaped borders!

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1. Find your Far East cuisine satisfaction in Toledo.

instagram.com / Via Courtesy of QQ Kitchen / @ohsnapjeff

QQ Kitchen has both Chinese and Korean influences. Take a trip to Toledo to experience the perfect combination of unique sauces and seasonings with fresh, locally grown vegetables. Pork belly anyone?

2. Stay in Toledo to continue your food tour over to Hungary.

Courtesy of Tony Packo's

Swing by Tony Packo's where they've been serving up famous Hungarian hot dogs since they opened their first location in 1932. Love your dogs with a side of pickles? Well you're in luck... Packo's pickles peppers and pickles to perfection. Now go back and say that five times fast.

3. Swing over to Sandusky for some Vietnamese noms.

Courtesy of Mekong Restaurant Sandusky.

Sure, Mekong is for beer lovers, but they also serve up some awesome Vietnamese dishes to go right along with it. Head to Sandusky and try a classic pho or that delicious-looking pork fried rice and tofu basil combo above for your Southeast Asian fix.

4. Stay north and head east to Cleveland for some classic Italian fare.

Courtesy of Mia Bella

Mia Bella features classic Italian with a Mediterranean touch. Located in Cleveland's historic Little Italy, it's known for more than amazing pizza (see above). Try the veal braciole. The recipe was first introduced to the world in 1910, BUT it's considered too labor-intensive by other cooks, making Mia Bella and their veal braciole a beautifully rare opportunity.

5. Convince your taste buds that you're a world-class traveler at Superior Pho.

Courtesy of Superior Pho

With recipes that have been passed from generation to generation, Superior Pho does traditional Vietnamese right. It might be hard to find, but it's definitely worth it. People are known to drive more than 40 minutes to get there "pho fill" at this Cleveland favorite.

6. Head south of the border, but actually...just stay in Cleveland.


For a taste of Mexican that you definitely cannot get anywhere else, visit Momocho. Considered "Mod Mex," they take Mexican to the next level featuring six — yes, six — different types of guacamole. We're talkin' goat cheese, we're talkin' crab, we're talkin' smoked trout. Prepare to be blown away by fresh ingredients and unique presentations.

7. Hop over to Beachwood for a tour of Latin America.

Courtesy of Paladar Restaurant Group

Paladar has influences from all over Latin America, including Central and South America, Cuba, and the Caribbean. They aren't just known for their amazing dishes though; they have a unique Rum Bar that houses more than 50 selections. With a friendly, educated staff, Paladar is the perfect place to become educated in the world of Latin American dining — but yeah, remember you're still in Ohio.

8. Sample 40 years of German tradition in North Canton.

Courtesy of The Geisen Haus

Geisen Haus has been serving up authentic German recipes in Canton for four decades now. Enjoy a little bit of everything, from Bavarian pretzels to sauerkraut balls, with the German Sample Platter. Wash it down with something from the wide selection of internationally imported beers.

9. Near Akron? Make a stop for some of the freshest Japanese sushi around.


The menu at Sakura Sushi in Akron is dished out from a group of elite sushi chefs. Voted the 2014 Winner for Best Sushi by Beacon's Best (Akron Beacon Journal), it's a great place to stop for a taste of Japan without the 12-hour flight.

10. Columbus is your destination for fresh Mediterranean eats.

instagram.com / Via Courtesy of Lavash Cafe

Lavash Cafe cooks up authentic Mediterranean dishes like the fresh tabouli salad pictured. You know it's always fresh because a new batch is whipped up multiple times a day.

11. Enjoy authentic French baked goods and bistro fare in Columbus.

Courtesy of La Chatelaine French Bakery & Bistro

With locations in Dublin, Worthington, and Columbus, the La Chatelaine French Bakery & Bistro is everything you want in a French restaurant, family owned and operated since 1991. They certify that everything is made fresh daily and with original French recipes...including those yummy beignets.

12. While in Columbus, treat yourself to some off-the-beaten-path Southeast Asian cuisine.

Courtesy of Huong

Huong is 100% authentic Vietnamese fare. Visit on a weekend when they add more traditional dishes to the menu that you won't be able to find anywhere else around. Eat like the locals: with your hands. :)

13. Taste Italian simplicity in The Queen City.

Courtesy of Boca Restaurant Group / Via sottocincinnati.com

Sotto, located in Cincinnati, executes amazing Italian dishes based off the simplicity of featuring no more than four ingredients. The above, Roman pasta dish, has been a staple on the menu from the beginning.

Now it's time to let your taste buds run wild! Visit Discover Ohio and plan your amazing (and delicious) trip today.