Planning a visit to Central Ohio? Here’s a foodie paradise. Where to eat in Sunbury, Ohio in Delaware County. In this part of the Buckeye State, you will find delicious eateries with many owned and operated by young entrepreneurs the world should watch.
Where to Eat Lunch and Dinner in Sunbury, Ohio: SURVE
SURVE in Sunbury opened in December 2018 by Joseph Sauvie who has a background in corporate food and beverage operations. The building housing SURVE was built in 1901 and Sauvie spent about a year renovating it, doing much of the work himself.
Serving lunch and dinner, the restaurant has a small freezer to hold ice cream, otherwise, everything is served fresh. While enjoying lunch of chicken salad made with tender Gerber’s Amish Chicken and a side of roasted Brussels sprouts, I heard locals talking to each other about how much they enjoyed the restaurant and how it is their new favorite.
Where to Eat Breakfast and Lunch in Sunbury, Ohio: Sunbury Grill
Down the street from SURVE is Sunbury Grill for breakfast or lunch and you can have breakfast or lunch any time they are open. The eatery has been grilling for about 80 years and Kenny White purchased the Grill about seven years ago.
Family owned and operated, they are known for their home fries which are crispy outside and tender inside. If you are overwhelmed with what to try, the server, who may be Cassie Meyer, White’s sister, will guide you. Save room for the sweet, fried pecan rolls.
Sunbury Grill is another local favorite and by 8:30 a.m. on a Monday, all tables and booths were full during my visit. One couple began their anniversary celebration with a Sunbury Grill breakfast. An eclectic mix of memorabilia adorn the walls and seating areas including items celebrating the Ohio State Buckeyes and pop-culture. Name badges at place settings are part of the décor. It started when one patron’s name badge fell off. He was going to throw it away but after chatting with Kenny, it was stapled to the counter. More followed which adds more character to the diner.
Where to Eat Lunch and Dinner in Sunbury, Ohio: Oak Hill Barbecue
Some of the country’s best barbecue is tucked away in a Sunbury, Ohio, neighborhood. Smelling the smoker about a quarter-mile away was a clue I was heading toward something delicious. Clint Long opened Oak Hill Barbecue five years ago and the casual roadside joint serves up flavorful lunches and dinners.
My beef brisket was tender and accented with a smoky flavor. My side dish was a cup of smoked cabbage which was equally tender. With its smooth, buttery texture and smoky, spicy and savory bite, I had no idea cabbage could taste this good. Whether you have crispy chicken, a burnt ends sandwich, or pulled pork, save room for either the wood-fired cheesecake or chess pie.
Where to Eat Lunch and Dinner in Delaware, Ohio: Old Dog Alehouse & Brewery
Not too far from Sunbury is Delaware. Executive Chef Braden Henderson is part of a group who owns Old Dog Alehouse & Brewery in downtown Delaware. The building dates to the late 1800s. The alehouse opened in November 2018 and offers indoor and outdoor drinking and dining. Dogs are welcome on the patio and during my visit, a dog rescue was there meeting and greeting patrons in hopes of finding their fur-ever homes.
The food menu is refreshingly creative and I chose the Steak Tacos with marinated steak, kimchi slaw and Korean barbecue soft in soft shells. They were sweet and sour with a spicy bite. The Parmesan fries are popular with patrons, too. While enjoying lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch, sip the Louie’s Paw, a pale ale and the pub’s signature beverage.
Delaware County’s Vine & Bine Trail
Old Dog Alehouse & Brewery is part of Delaware County’s Vine & Bine Trail, a way to sip and celebrate the area’s wineries and breweries. Six breweries and four wineries are on the trail and many incorporate local ingredients in their beverages. Look for #vineandbinedelco on social media to follow the conversation about this delicious trail.
Where to Eat Breakfast, Lunch and Sip Coffee Near Sunbury, Ohio: Coffee Vault
And speaking of sipping beverages, The Coffee Vault in the town of Galena serves coffee and light bites in a former bank which left behind the vault. Sip and savor your cup of Joe in the vault or walk the spiral staircase downstairs to a cozy, brick-walled setting where the telecommuters gather.
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Where to Eat in Sunbury, Ohio
6 E. Cherry St.
Sunbury, Ohio 43074
Tel: (740) 936-5080
Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturda: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
38 E. Cherry St.
Sunbury, Ohio 43074
Tel: (740) 965-2900
Monday – Saturday: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Oak Hill Barbecue
60 N. Columbus St.
Sunbury, Ohio 43074
Tel: (740) 965-4227
Tuesday – Sunday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Old Dog Alehouse & Brewery
13 West William St.
Delaware, Ohio 43015
Tel: (740) 990-4506
Sunday – Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
The Coffee Vault
9 W. Columbus St.
Galena, Ohio 43021
Tel: (740) 936-8116
Tuesday – Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
I was a guest of Destination Delaware County Ohio, however, opinions are my own and this post has not been reviewed by the destination.