Tulipan is a family-operated coffeehouse owned by Hungarian immigrants. They serve traditional homemade pastries, such as strudel and gerbeaud, as well as traditional Hungarian soups, salads, and sandwiches, most of them with a Hungarian goulash or cheese spread. They also serve a wide range of gourmet coffees and teas. It's quaint and quiet on the inside and nestled right in the middle of downtown. Open for breakfast and lunch. Check their website for menus.
Favorite Dish: Dishes vary daily, but everything is good.
This restaurant is something unique.
There is a formal dining area that we normally frequent for dinner when in Wooster.
But it also has a Bistro and a Pub in the same building. We have never been in them but they always draw a good sized crowd on Friday and Saturday nights. All are under the same management.
The formal dining area is called TJ's, the Bistro is Melvin's and the Pub is Burgerstein's.
We go to TJ's for the prime rib, red and juicy in the center and charcoally crispy on the edges.
Favorite Dish: Prime Rib
This yummy deli has been around for at least 20 years, and nothing beats their heroes (AKA subs, hoagies, etc.) and crispy fair-style fries. Hero House is WAY better than any Quizno's or Subway, as it's locally owned and operated, and a hometown favorite for those who have lived in Wooster for many years. It's also great if you're on a budget!
Favorite Dish: The cheesesteak heroes are the best! Make sure you order one with everything on it, and it's great to share if you don't have a huge appetite.
Dari Land is a Wooster favorite. When you hear "Dari Land" I bet you immediately think of Dairy Queen, but don't...Dari Land is far superior to any DQ and has probably been around for a lot longer. Locals flock here for lunch in the spring and summer. It's cheap, with a nice sized ice cream sundae running about $3, and it tastes delicious. There isn't room to sit down and enjoy your food inside, but if it's a sunny day you can eat right outside on the downtown patio.
Favorite Dish: Marshmallow sundae with peanut topping...peanut butter shake...hot cream turkey sandwich...root beer float...coneys...trail & swiss sandwich (made with local trail bologna and local swiss cheese).
Olde Jaol Tavern is similar to C.W. Burgerstein's, although it's a bit more expensive. (And yes, it used to be a real jail.) The plus side is, it is SO nice to dine outside here during the summer. They have tall floor lanterns burning outside in the evenings, which makes the perfect atmosphere for a seasonal beer from Great Lakes Brewing Company along with your favorite meal.
Like Burgerstein's, Olde Jaol Tavern is joined with a formal dining restaurant downstairs if you'd prefer, simply called "Olde Jaol." If you want the fine dining experience, call for a reservation.
Favorite Dish: I like their chicken tenders with bourbon sauce...sweet and delicious!
This is a nicer Chinese restaurant, where the people actually speak English, the floors aren't caked with dirt, and there aren't any flies anywhere. Tablecloths are always nice, you know. Sue Min's is really the alternative to the obscenely overrated Wild Ginger China Bistro. It's basically your classic Chinese restaurant with a bit of an upscale twist.
Favorite Dish: The won tons and potstickers are delicious, and the sesame chicken can't be beat.
First of all, this is a pretty upscale restaurant, and while it doesn't require a suit and tie, you should dress on the nicer side. That being said, expect above average prices and a romantic atmosphere...and be sure to make a reservation.
South Market Bistro gets most of their ingredients for their gourmet dishes from local farmers, and everything on their menu always sounds beyond delicious (read: Carmelized Onion and Anchovy Tart with Parmesan Cheese, Cassoulet with Lamb Sausage and Duck Confit, Cherry Cake with Lemon Verbena Sauce and Fresh Mint). This place just opened up, and I have yet to dine there myself, but a couple of my close friends, one of whom is a vegetarian, love going here on dates and claim that they serve the best chocolate cake around. Sounds good enough for me.
They serve lunch ($9-$12), dinner ($15-$30), and Chef's dinner, which goes for about $42 per person.
Favorite Dish: The chocolate cake does sound delightful...
Be forewarned before I tell you about the finer points of Broken Rocks -- it's a little on the expensive side for what you get, and the service can be horribly slow.
BUT it's one of the most cosmopolitan places to eat in Wooster, so everyone loves it anyways and it's always packed. If you have Panera Bread restaurants in your area, consider Broken Rocks a fancier, non-franchised version of Panera. Really, you go there for the breads...their sourdough is quite delicious, and the gourmet pizzas are yummy. Also, they have a pretty spectacular dessert menu.
Favorite Dish: Chicken Marsala is pretty good, but I like their Greek Pizza the best...the breads are what make the pizzas so popular! For dessert, I like the bread pudding with dried cherries and coconut, but I have friends who swear by the Belgian chocolate custard.
Whitehouse Chicken has been around since the 1940s, and its original Barberton location became so popular that it is now located in 5 other cities across northeast Ohio. Whitehouse Chicken serves only Ohio farm-raised chicken, lightly breaded and deep fried, with no artificial seasonings or trans-fats. The chicken is traditionally served with Whitehouse's own hot sauce. They often offer coupons on their website, and a full menu is available there as well. Stop by for some chicken on your road trip down OH-585 before you hit Durbin Magic Freeze for some delicious Barberton ice cream!
Favorite Dish: Anything is good, just make sure to order it "traditional" (with the hot sauce)
Durbin Magic Freeze, located a short distance outside of Wooster, has been family owned and operated for...well...forever! They serve homemade, custard-style ice cream at a great price, including milkshakes and sundaes. In the winter, when the ice cream shop closes, the family sells live Christmas trees out back. If you take a scenic trip down OH-585 East (which I recommend, along with a trip down OH-250 West), be sure to stop here for a cool treat!
Favorite Dish: Marshmallow Nut Sundae -- a hearty helping of homemade vanilla ice cream topped with marshmallow cream and peanuts.
This is definitely a well-hidden local favorite, because you really can't beat their fresh pancakes in the mornings, or their homestyle soups and sandwiches at lunch time. This little restaurant is decorated with local sports memorabilia from the nearby College of Wooster, as well as other beloved Ohio schools. It's very affordable, with the cheapest cup of coffee you can get anywhere, and the servers are extremely friendly.
Favorite Dish: The Shack BLT. It's your classic BLT -- bacon, lettuce, and tomato on toast -- with a fried egg and cheese on top!
Spiro Matso, the owner of Matso's Family Restaurant, not only knows how to whip up a fabulous Greek dressing, but he is also a classically trained opera singer. In fact, he performs with Ohio Light Opera in Wooster each year, and his restaurant is decorated with autographed photos from operas past and present. Their original and sweet Greek dressing sells at the local grocery stores, so their salads are delicious. They serve traditional dishes like moussaka and souvlaki, along with a variety of gourmet-style pizzas, each of them delicious. And the prices ain't too shabby, either.
Favorite Dish: I'm quite fond of the traditional moussaka -- but their pizzas are also quite popular.
Guinness, Blue Moon, and beers from the local Great Lakes Brewing Company on tap. Dagwood cheeseburgers. Nachos. Potstickers. Yummy desserts. All this and more at C.W. Burgerstein's, a pub-style restaurant without the scary smoke screen. It's a great place to take the kids, warm and cozy inside, with giant wooden hands grasping bulbs to provide light at each booth.
AND, if you want more upscale fare, Burgerstein's shares the building with it's sister restaurants, Melvin's Bistro and TJ's Fine Dining.
Favorite Dish: Buffalo Cheeseburger with bleu cheese and hot sauce...delicious!
We always eat breakfast or lunch here when we are in Wooster.
It is a small town diner; family owned and operated; good down-home cooking at a price that won't give you indigestion.
They only serve breakfast or lunch so they close early.
Favorite Dish: I'm partial to the turkey club sandwich and my wife loves their homemade soup.