Lancaster, OH – What to eat

by Erin

This post is sponsored by Visit Fairfield County. I received complimentary meals and lodging, but all opinions are mine alone.

Fairfield County has more than just a cute town near the Hocking Hills. And after a day of exploring there is no shortage of delicious restaurants to refuel!

Lancaster Ohio Eat

I already told you everything we did during our stay in Lancaster, OH, but just as important is what we ate! We started our day at Square 7 Coffee House for an early morning pick-me-up. Bob enjoyed a coffee while I sipped on a refreshing smoothie, and we shared a muffin. Square 7 is a non-profit social purpose enterprise (located inside Art + Clay on Main) serving traditional Italian style coffee, smoothies, pastries, and sandwiches. They also have Amish-made chocolates.

Square 7 Coffee House Lancaster Ohio 1

Square 7 Coffee House Lancaster Ohio 2

Square 7 Coffee House Lancaster Ohio 3

After shopping around town, we enjoyed the most delicious BBQ in Lancaster at Bob’s Backyard Barbeque for lunch! We wanted to sample everything so we ordered a 3 meat platter with pork, brisket, and chicken, with sides of broccoli salad, corn casserole, and mac and cheese, smoked wings with house made potato chips, and the Ultimate Brisket Sundae which consists of corn casserole, brisket, sauteed onion, diced tomatoes, Lancaster sauce, and BBQ remoulade. While everything was mouthwatering, I think the smoked wings were my favorite, with both the flavor from being smoked and a crispy outside from finishing them in the fryer. I went ahead and signed up for their loyalty program while I was there – every adult meal purchased earns 1 point and after 10 you get one for free! If Lancaster is somehow too far for you (but seriously, it’s not) they have a food truck that you can find around Columbus!

Bob's Backyard BBQ Lancaster Ohio 2

Bob's Backyard BBQ Lancaster Ohio 3

Bob's Backyard BBQ Lancaster Ohio 1

Before heading off for a hike, we stopped for a quick cookie from Four Reasons Bakery & Deli. I don’t think I could call myself The Spiffy Cookie if I pass by a cookie bakery without at least trying one! I did spy another bakery called The Confectionery but they were so popular they sold out and were closed hours before their regular business hours. Clearly need to go there first thing next time.

Four Reasons Bakery & Deli Lancaster Ohio

After a couple easy hikes to burn off lunch, we swung by Double Edge Brewing Company located back in the heart of historic Downtown Lancaster for some pre-dinner beer flights – to no one’s surprise the raspberry sour was my favorite. This brewery is also part of the Route 33 Brew Trail which I’ve also been meaning to do (I keep saying it, but next time). While there was a food truck on site, we had other plans for dinner.

Double Edge Brewing Company 2

Double Edge Brewing Company 1

Once our mini beers were emptied, we headed to Cherry Street Pub for dinner! Between the flatbreads, pierogies, burgers, salads and more we had a very difficult time choosing what to order. They are known for their aptly named “OMG! Pecan Chicken and Waffles” so we had to order that, the “Quita Gouda” burger served over a salad, and while we were tempted to try substituting pasta in a mac and cheese with pierogi (seriously!) we kept our cool and stuck to just a side of pierogi. The manager, Gabe was also great to talk to! We learned that all of their meat for the burgers is ground fresh by an old school butcher shop in town Bay Food Market and that Buckeye Lake Brewery makes a cream ale just for them. He also made us want to come back for brunch the nest day (or if not most definitely the nest time we are in town). After learning we like to hike, he also told us we should come back for the EGGS hike in June. After a lengthy hike like that we would definitely need to come back to Cherry Street to refuel.

Cherry Street Pub Lancaster Ohio 2

Cherry Street Pub Lancaster Ohio 3

Cherry Street Pub Lancaster Ohio 4

Even though we didn’t really save any room for dessert after the dinner, we always find room for ice cream and ended the night at Nancy’s Scoops. Nancy wasn’t around for us to thank her for making such delicious ice cream but we thoroughly enjoyed what we ordered: peanut butter cookie dough ice cream for me, and an s’mores arctic swirl for Bob.

Nancy’s Scoops Lancaster Ohio 1

Nancy’s Scoops Lancaster Ohio 1

For breakfast the next day, we took advantage of the complimentary buffet offered at our hotel, hotel but we saved room for doughnuts from Donut World. We had hoped to take advantage of their drive-thru, in order to bring them on our hike to the top of Mt. Pleasant, but the weather had other ideas as it was raining (that didn’t stop their customers as they were crazy busy). Instead they made a delicious treat to enjoy on the car ride home to Columbus!

Donut World Lancaster Ohio 2

Donut World Lancaster Ohio 1

Where are your favorite places to eat in Lancaster? Tell us because if we missed something we will be sure to hit it up next time!

For even more ideas, check out these posts from other bloggers that have visited Lancaster:

Looking for more weekend adventures in Ohio? Check out my other OH travel posts:

Two years ago: Eggs Benedict Breakfast Tacos

Three years ago: Hard Root Beer Burgers with Blue Cheese and Crispy Onions

Four years ago: Baked French Toast Boats

Five years ago: Breakfast Casserole Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers

Six years ago: Strawberry Lemonade Rice Krispies Treats

Seven years ago: Malted Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Cookies


Susan May 8, 2019 - 9:22 am

Sounds like Lancaster has some wonderful breweries. Now you’ve got me wanting a raspberry sour… You MUST(!) do the Route 33 Brew Trail and report on it! I still need to get back to Dayton to see how the Carrillon Brewery is doing and try their beer – they hadn’t gotten their brewing going yet when we visited several years ago.

spiffycookie May 9, 2019 - 8:25 am

We do plan on going back for the Route 33 trail!

Susan May 9, 2019 - 12:08 pm

Yea!!!!!!!! Looking forward to that post.

spiffycookie May 10, 2019 - 10:26 am

It might be a bit before we go back but glad to know there’s interest in me posting about it!


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