It seems as if the economy is taking its time rebounding, so we all still have to watch our pennies. Going out to eat is one of those luxuries many of us have had to forego in order to help make ends meet. When the situation arises and it is possible to take the family out, you need to be sure that the food is good and the pricing even better. I have compiled a list of my favorite family-friendly restaurants in Burton, Middlefield and Chardon, Ohio.
Geauga County is approximately 30 miles east of Cleveland. My directions are heading east from Cleveland. I have included addresses so that you can search their exact location from where you are.
One of our favorite places to grab a bite to eat is JCs Restaurant located at 13816 West Center Street in Burton, Ohio (440-834-1900). John and Cindy Chambers recently took over this restaurant (it used to be Cogan’s Village Eatery) and have taken all the great things about Cogan’s and made it their own. They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and carry out. You can enjoy salads, soups, sandwiches, wraps as well as dinner entrees including steaks and seafood. The home-style food is very good and portions are large. In fact, I am hardly ever able to finish my whole burger when that is what I order. If a child cleans their plate, they can pick a prize from the treasure chest.
There are TV’s on the walls to keep the younger ones, and sometimes the older ones, occupied until their meal comes. They usually have fresh made pies for dessert. The atmosphere is friendly and inviting. I would recommend JCs Restaurant to anyone visiting the Burton area.
Just a few miles east of JCs Restaurant is Dutch Country Kitchen at 15015 Kinsman Road in Middlefield, Ohio (440-834-9766). Dutch Country is a restaurant with a varied menu, good food and good pricing. The style is home-style including meatloaf, chicken, roast beef, steaks, salads, sandwiches and more. Sometimes the service is a little slow, so you can send the children out to the lobby to try their luck at that game where you use a scoopy thing to pick up a prize (not very technical, I know, but I am not sure what that is called). Dutch Country also has great desserts. You can get quite a lot to eat and not break the bank here.
Heading still east and then north is Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen at 14743 North State Avenue in Middlefield, Ohio (www.maryyodersamishkitchen.com). Mary Yoder’s offers quite a few options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The children’s menu includes chicken, fish, ham, burgers, toasted cheese and hot dogs with fries ranging from $4.29 to $6.29. The adult’s menu offers full dinner entrees, sandwiches, homemade soups, and the salad buffet. The service is usually quite quick here, so no one should be getting bored. There is a small gift shop in the front of the store as well as a bakery. Pricing is reasonable especially when you consider just how much food you get.
The last restaurant on this list is north in Chardon, Ohio. Spinner’s Good Time Diner (440-286-1186) at 602 South Street in Chardon is one of my favorite. When you stop here, you are transported back to a 1950s diner. There are old 45 records on the wall and the booths feel like something out of Happy Days. The food is good diner food. My favorite is their burger, fries and a real ice cream milkshake. Back when we had money to burn (when was that exactly?), we would go there for breakfast on the weekends. There usually was a wait because they are not very big, but it was always worth it. The service is fast and the pricing is good. You cannot help but smile when you sit down at Spinner’s. It is a feel good place which happens to offer very good food.
There are so many good restaurants in Geauga County that are not chains, but run by people who love food. That makes it difficult to pick just a few. If you ever get a chance to travel to Geauga County or if you live there, be sure to try one of these restaurants. Good food and good prices, that makes it a great way to spend quality time with the ones you love.