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10 Healthy Juice Bars in Ohio

Rikki Teeters

Juice Bars are certainly trendy and for good reason. They typically focus on serving healthy, locally-sourced juices and meals. Ohio is home to some of the best Juice Bars in the world. We made a list of our favorites! Here are 10 Healthy Juice Bars in Ohio.

10. Off the Vine - Cincinnati, Ohio

Off The Vine Juice Bar

Photo by Off The Vine Juice Bar via Facebook

 

9. Midwest Juicery - Toledo, Ohio (served a several locations)

Midwest Juicery

Photo by Midwest Juicery via Facebook

 

8. Daily Press Juice - Cleveland, Ohio

Daily Press Juice Cleveland

Photo by Daily Press Juice via Facebook

 

7. Green Farm Juicery - Blue Ash, Ohio

Green Farm Juicery

Photo by Green Farm Juicery via Facebook

 

6. Zest Juice - Columbus, Ohio

Zest Juice - Columbus, Ohio

Photo by Zest Juice via Facebook

 

5. Rooted Juicery & Kitchen - Cincinnati, Ohio

Rooted Juicery & Kitchen - Cincinnati, Ohio

Photo by Rooted Juicery & Kitchen via rootedjuicery.com

 

4. Beet Jar Juicebar & Takeaway - Cleveland, Ohio 

Beet Jar Juicebar & Takeaway - Cleveland, Ohio 

Photo by Beet Jar Juicebar & Takeaway via Facebook

 

3. Native Cold Pressed - Columbus, Ohio

Native Cold Pressed - Columbus, Ohio

Photo by Native Cold Pressed via Facebook

 

2. Alchemy - Columbus, Ohio

Alchemy - Columbus

Photo by Alchemy in Columbus, Ohio

 

1. Restore Cold Pressed - Cleveland, Ohio

Restore Cold Pressed

Photo by Restore Cold Pressed via restorecoldpressed.com

 

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Native Cold Pressed

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20 Best Ice Cream Shops in Ohio

Rikki Teeters

I scream, you scream, we all scream for... you know the rest. ICE CREAM! We have a livelong love for Ohio's locally made ice creams. From super creamy classics to modern spiked flavors, Ohio has an ice cream shop for everyone. We made a list of our favorites. Here is our list of the 20 Best Ice Cream Shops in Ohio.

20. Piccadilly Artisan Creamery - Cleveland, Ohio

Piccadilly Artisan Creamery

Photo by Piccadilly Artisan Creamery via Facebook

 

19. Mr G's Barn - Toledo, Ohio

Mr G's Barn Ice Cream

Photo by Mr G's Barn via Facebook

 

18. Mason’s Creamery - Cleveland, Ohio 

Mason's Creamery

Photo by @bre_cheezin via Instagram

 

17. Buzzed Bull Creamery - Cincinnati, Ohio

Buzzed Bull Creamery

Photo by Buzzed Bull Creamery via Facebook

 

16. Dietsch Brothers - Findlay, Ohio

Dietsch Brothers
 

15. Tremont Scoops - Cleveland, Ohio

Tremont Scoops

Photo by Tremont Scoops via Facebook

 

14. Mardi Gras Homemade Ice Cream - Columbus, Ohio

Mardi Gras Homemade Ice Cream

Photo by Amy N. via Yelp

 

13. Cowhaus Creamery - Oberlin, Ohio

Cowhaus Creamery

Photo by Cowhaus Creamery via Facebook

 

12. Tom's Ice Cream Bowl - Zanesville, Ohio

Tom's Ice Cream Bowl

Photo by Becca W. via Yelp

 

11. Hello Honey - Cincinnati, Ohio

Hello Honey

Photo by Mimi B. via Yelp

 

10. Aglamesis Bros - Cincinnati, Ohio

Aglamesis Brothers

Photo by Aglamesis Brothers on Facebook

 

9. Pav's Creamery - Akron, Ohio

Pav's Creamery

Photo by Pav's Creamery on Facebook

 

8. Z's Cream & Bean - Hinckley, Ohio

Z's Cream & Bean
 

7. Young's Jersey Dairy - Yellow Springs, Ohio

Young's Jersey Dairy

Photo by Karuna Z. via Yelp

 

6. Sweet Moses - Cleveland, Ohio

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Photo by Sweet Moses via Yelp

 

5. Velvet Ice Cream - Utica, Ohio

Velvet Ice Cream

Photo by Velvet Ice Cream via Facebook

 

4. Honey Hut Ice Cream - Cleveland, Ohio

Honey Hut Ice Cream

Photo by Honey Hut Ice Cream via Facebook

 

3. Graeter's Ice Cream - Cincinnati, Ohio

Graeter's Ice Cream

Photo by Graeter's Ice Cream via Facebook

 

2. Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream - Cleveland, Ohio

Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream

Photo by Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream via Facebook

 

1. Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream - Columbus, Ohio

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream

Photos by Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream via Facebook

 

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Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream

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20 Tasty Taco Shops in Ohio

Rikki Teeters

We never turn down a good taco. From authentic Mexican cuisine to modern fusion flavors, Ohio has some of the best fresh taco shops around. Have you ever wondered where to find the best tacos in Ohio? Look no further. Here is our list of 20 Tasty Taco Shops in Ohio.

20. Nada - Cincinnati, Ohio

Nada Cincinnati

Photo by Nada via eatdrinknada.com

 

19. Taqueria Tres Hermanos - Dayton, Ohio

Taqueria tres hermanos - Dayton, Ohio

Photo by Taqueria Tres Hermanos via Facebook

 

18. Uncle Tito's Mexican Grill - Akron, Ohio

Uncle Tito's Mexican Grill

Photo by Uncle Tito's Mexican Grill via Facebook

 

17. Camino - Cleveland, Ohio

Camino

Photo by Camino via Facebook

 

16. Taqueria La Loma - Akron, Ohio

Taqueria La Loma Akron Ohio

Photo by C D. on Yelp

 

15. Tapatias Taqueria - Cleveland, Ohio

Tapatias Taqueria

Photo by Sam L. via Yelp

 

14. Chiapas Mexican Grill - Dayton, Ohio

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Photo by Amy N. via Yelp

 

13. Barrio - Cleveland, Ohio

Barrio

Photo by Barrio via Facebook

 

12. Guerra's Krazy Taco - Springfield, Ohio

Guerra's Krazy Taco

Photo by Guerra's Krazy Taco via Facebook

 

11. Fresco Mexican Grill & Salsa Bar - Kent, Ohio

Fresco Mexican Grill & Salsa Bar - Kent, Ohio

Photo by Fresco Mexican Grill & Salsa Bar via Facebook

 

10. Taqueria Mixteca - Dayton, Ohio

Taqueria Mixteca

Photo by Nicole D. via Yelp

 

9. Condado - Columbus, Ohio

Condado - Columbus, Ohio

Photo by Condado via Facebook

 

8. Cuco's Taqueria - Columbus, Ohio

Cuco's Taqueria - Columbus, Ohio

Photo by Cuco's Taqueria via Facebook

 

7. El Camino - Cincinnati, Ohio

El Camino - Cincinnati, Ohio

Photo by El Camino via Facebook

 

6. La Super Torta - Columbus, Ohio

La Super Torta

Photo by Niki V. via Yelp

 

5. Gomez Salsa - Cincinnati, Ohio

Gomez Salsa - Cincinnati, Ohio
 

4. OH Taco - Sandusky, Ohio

OH Taco

Photo by Oh Taco via Facebook

 

3. Bakersfield - Cincinnati, Ohio

Bakersfield

Photo by Bakersfield via Facebook

 

2. La Plaza Supermarket - Cleveland, Ohio

La Plaza Supermarket

Photo by Sam L. via Yelp

 

1. Mazunte - Cincinnati, Ohio

Mezunte Cincinnati Tacos

Photo by Mazunte via Facebook

 
 

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20 Sizzling Pizza Places in Ohio

Rikki Teeters

We are always on the hunt for the perfect pizza. Luckily, Ohio has some of the best pizza shops in the world so we do not ever have to travel far. We asked our Instagram followers to tell us their favorite pizza places which helped us create our list. Get ready to take a pizza road trip around Ohio to try these 20 Sizzling Pizza Places in Ohio.

20. Mohio - Delaware, Ohio

Mohio - Delaware
 

19. Brimfield Bread Oven - Kent, Ohio

Brimfield Bread Oven
 

18. Dewey's Pizza - Cincinnati, Ohio

Dewey's Pizza
 

17. Wheat Penny - Dayton, Ohio

Wheat Penny
 

16. Two Cities Pizza - Mason, Ohio

Two Cities Pizza
 

15. 3 Palms Pizzeria - Hudson, Ohio

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14. Park Street Pizza - Sugarcreek, Ohio

Park Street Pizza
 

13. Cocca's Pizza Boardman - Youngstown, Ohio

Cocca's Pizza
 

12. Goodfellas Pizzeria - Cincinnati, Ohio

Goodfellas Pizza
 

11. 5th Street Pub - Perrysburg, Ohio

5th Street Pub
 

10. Angelo's - Lakewood, Ohio

Angelo's Lakewood
 

9. Forno Kitchen + Bar

Forno Kitchen + Bar
 

8. Citizen Pie - Cleveland, Ohio

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7. Paulie Gee's Short North - Columbus, Ohio

Paulie Gee's Short North
 

6. Mia Bella Restaurant - Cleveland, Ohio

Mia Bella Restaurant - Cleveland
 

5. Crust - Cleveland, Ohio

Crust Pizza Cleveland
 

4. Harlow’s - Lakewood, Ohio

Harlow’s Pizza - Lakewood
 

3. Old Scratch Pizza - Dayton, Ohio

Old Scratch Pizza
 

2. A Tavola Bar + Trattoria - Cincinnati, Ohio

A Tavola Bar + Trattoria
 

1. Harvest Pizzeria - Columbus & Cincinnati, Ohio

Harvest Pizzeria
 
 

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Featured Photo by Harlow's Pizza

20 Delicious Donut Shops in Ohio

Rikki Teeters

Ohio has some of the best donut shops in the world. We make sure to stop and try local donuts during all of our adventures across Ohio. Here is our list of 20 Delicious Donut Shops in Ohio.

20. Marcella's Doughnuts & Bakery - Amelia, Ohio

Marcellas Doughnuts
 

19. Lil Donut Factory - Hilliard, Ohio

Lil Donut Factory
 

18.Becker's Donuts - Fairview Park, Ohio

Becker's Donuts
 

17. Crispie Creme Donuts (The Original) - Chillicothe, Ohio

Crispie Creme Donuts
 

16. Donut Lab Food Truck - Cleveland, Ohio

Donut Lab Food Truck
 

15. The Donut Experiment - Dublin, Ohio

The Donut Experiment
 

14. Jupiter Coffee and Donuts - Fairfield, Ohio

Juniper Coffee and Donuts
 

13. Amy's Donuts - Columbus, Ohio

Amy's Donuts
 

12. Destination Donuts - Columbus, Ohio

Destination Donuts
 

11. Oxford Doughnut Shoppe - Oxford, Ohio

Oxford Doughnut Shoppe
 

10. Buckeye Donuts - Columbus, Ohio

Buckeye Donuts
 

9. Holey Toledough - Toledo, Ohio

Holey Toledough
 

8. Duck Donuts - Dayton, Ohio

Duck Donuts
 

7. Bill's Donuts - Centerville, Ohio

Bill's Donuts
 

6. Bear Creek Donuts - Miamisburg, Ohio

Bear Creek Donuts
 

5. Peace, Love and Little Donuts - Cleveland, Ohio

Peace, Love and Little Donuts
 

4. Tupelo Doughnuts - Clintonville, Ohio

Tupelo Doughnuts
 

3. Brewnuts - Cleveland, Ohio

Photo by @eatlocalohio & @cravetheland

Photo by @eatlocalohio & @cravetheland

 

2. The Vegan Doughnut Company - Lakewood, Ohio

The Vegan Doughnut Company
 

1. Holtman’s Donuts - Cincinnati, Ohio

Holtmans Donuts
 
 

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8 Must Find Food Trucks in Ohio

Rikki Teeters

Food trucks are one of the best ways to try delicious local foods and delicacies all over the world. Ohio has some of the best food trucks. Take a foodie adventure to try all of these amazing eateries. Here is our list of 8 Must Find Food Trucks in Ohio.

8. Tin Man Grill - Cincinnati, Ohio

Tin Man Grill
 

7. The Square Scullery - Akron, Ohio

The Square Scullery
 

6. Hott Mess Express - Cincinnati, Ohio

Hott Mess Express
 

5. Best Thing Smokin - Cincinnati, Ohio

Best Thing Smokin
 

4. Sophies Pierogi - Columbus, Ohio

Sophies Pierogi
 

3. Fetty's Street Food - Columbus, Ohio

Fetty's Street Food
 

2. Red Sesame - Cincinnati, Ohio

Red Sesame
 

1. The Little Kitchen Food Truck - Columbus, Ohio

The Little Kitchen Food Truck
 
 

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10 Places To Find Amazing Macarons in Ohio

Rikki Teeters

Macarons are delicious bite-sized desserts. Have you ever wondered where to find these delicacies in Ohio? Look no further. Here is our list of 10 Places To Find Amazing Macarons in Ohio.

10. Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes - Rocky River, Ohio

Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes
 

9. Michelle's Macarons - New Bremen, Ohio

Unicorn Macarons Ohio
 

8. KB Confections - Lakewood, Ohio

KB Confections
 

7. Bake Me Treats - Poland, Ohio

Bake Me Treats
 

6. Bonjour Macarons - Dayton, Ohio

Bonjour Macarons Dayton Ohio
 

5. Buona Terra - Cincinnati, Ohio

Buona Terra Cincinnati Macarons
 

4. Le Torte Dolci - Springfield, Ohio

Le Torte Dolci
 

3. Coquette Patisserie - Cleveland, Ohio

Coquette Patisserie
 

2. Pistacia Vera - Columbus, Ohio

Pistacia Vera
 

1. Macaron Bar - Cincinnati, Ohio

Macaron Bar
 

Featured Photo of Macaron Bar by Anjali Fong Photography

Italian Food Gems in Cleveland

Rikki Teeters

This is a guest blog post written by Alyssa Rodgers, The Mexitalian

Growing up, my mom’s side of the family always celebrated our Italian culture. Lucky for me, a lot of that celebration involved really delicious food.  When I moved to Cleveland last year I was so pleased to find so much great Italian food and culture. From Little Italy to modern Italian restaurants there are a ton of Italian food gems in Cleveland and the surrounding area. While this is certainly not an exhaustive list, here are several of the wonderful local Italian spots. 

Italian Food Cleveland

First up, I absolutely must mention Cleveland’s own Little Italy on the east side of town. A popular spot for tourists and locals alike there are a range of shops, restaurants, and cafes in the neighborhood. It’s especially lovely on summer evenings when patios are full and the music is flowing. Mia Bella on the corner of Mayfield and Murray Hill is a well known spot for their creamy tortellini. If you are looking for a quick ingredient or sandwich, Murray Hill Market is just what you need. They offer a small selection of groceries, beer and wine. Their fresh-made Italian sandwiches really hit the spot, with options like porchetta, eggplant parmesan, and roast beef with Italian peppers and provolone. 

Cleveland Italian Food

When it comes to bakeries in Little Italy, there are strong feelings from those who are team Presti’s Bakery and those who are team Corbo’s Bakery, two bakeries just down the street from one another. I happen to be team let’s have both! I love that you can have a sandwich or hot dish from the prepared food’s case at Presti’s along with a lovely pastry or a fresh-filled cannoli and a seriously good pepperoni roll from Corbo’s. 

Cleveland Bakery

Word on the street is that some of the restaurants in Little Italy source their pasta from Ohio City Pasta. Ohio City Pasta makes a huge variety of fresh pasta noodles and ravioli with flavors like lemon pepper pappardelle, and garlic chive linguini. You can find their pasta all around town in local shops, many grocery stores, farmer’s markets throughout northeast Ohio, and always at the West Side Market. Their delicious pasta will make for the perfect Italian feast at home.

Bakery Cleveland

Little Italy isn’t the only place around town for an Italian meal. 

In the flats is relative new comer, Lago East Bank at the base of the Aloft Hotel. The space is small but the food is solid. Their meatballs are tender and super flavorful, a perfect appetizer or side. They also offer an extensive happy hour to fill you up without breaking the bank. 

Meatballs

Dante Boccuzzi is one of Cleveland’s most well-know chefs as he has been named one of the top chefs in the US. You can try his Italian food (he has several other restaurants as well) at Dante Next-Door in Tremont, The D.C. Pasta Co. in Strongsville, or grab a pizza and play some bocce at Dante’s Inferno in The Flats. 

Cleveland Italian Restaurants

Another house hold name is Cleveland is Zack Bruell and his downtown spot Chinato is another option for Italian in the city. This upscale 4th street spot provides a modern, upscale take on Italian food with hearty dishes like beef osso bucco with risotto, and paccheri, a large tube-shaped pasta, with squid and broccoli rabe. 

A bit more off the beaten path is Luca Italian Cuisine. The restaurant is known for being cozy and full of character, and the food hearty and delicious. Try the calamari, white truffle and ricotta stuffed pasta, or the pollo alla piccata, chicken with a white wine, lemon, and caper sauce. 

Cleveland Italian Food

The rest of northeast Ohio is not without good Italian food. Flour, an Italian kitchen in Moreland Hills, offers a really special Italian Sunday brunch. For the full communal Italian experience, go with the whole family for a special brunch out. The pepperoni biscuits and gravy is something special, or you can opt for a big bowl of Bolognese, or a wood-fired breakfast pizza, because Italian food is good at any time of the day. 

Cleveland Pizza

Finally, I couldn’t miss the perfect place to buy all of your Italian food needs. From imported ingredients, such as the the simplest and tasty semolina crackers, to a range of cured meats, Gallucci’s has everything you need. You can stop in and grab ingredients like fresh pasta sheets and ricotta to make your own lasagna, or frozen meals made in-house that you can enjoy with much less work. Try stopping in at lunch during the week and you will find a line almost out the door for one of their sandwiches or hot lunch counter specials. The Gus Galluci Company has been sharing fine Italian goods with Clevelanders for over 100 years and is truly something special. 

Photo via Cleveland.com

Photo via Cleveland.com

Sprinly: Ohio's Locally Made Subscription Meal Service

Rikki Teeters

We have been big fans of subscription meal services since they came into existence. Often, we are too busy exploring Ohio, that we don't have time to go grocery shopping or cook healthy food. We have tried Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, Purple Carrot, and Plated. All of which failed to meet our expectations. The food was either damaged or delivered late consistently. Once the food was delivered, we still had to spend at least 1 hour cooking. Plus, it was impossible to eat locally while subscribing to out of state food services like those mentioned above. So when we found Sprinly, we were thrilled!

Sprinly is an organic meal plan service based in Cleveland, Ohio. They create healthy meals and deliver them to their clients on a weekly basis.

Sprinly Ohio Meal Plan Service

Our first Sprinly order arrived in a beautiful box and we couldn't wait to open it. They keep the food fresh and cool by using environmentally friendly frozen packaging. We opened the box to find a week's worthy of healthy prepared meals ready to be stored and then devoured at will. We have to admit that having healthy meals readily available saved us so much time! As vegetarians, we also appreciated that all of the meals were plant based. After falling in love with Sprinly we asked the owners, Mary & Ray, to tell us more about their story!

Sprinly Ohio Based Meal Plan Service

Tell us more about Sprinly & your background.

Our focus is all around making healthy eating as convenient as possible, so we worked with nutritionists and a doctor focused on plant-based nutrition to ensure that our meals are honestly healthy and we partnered with FedEx to ship our meals via overnight service in a refrigerated box with a biodegradable insulating liner to make sure our clients receive them as fresh as possible. Even more, we use organic ingredients, no refined sugars, no artificial ingredients or preservatives, and all of our meals are gluten-free! Currently, we have two weekly plans available: 12 meals for $199 or 6 meals for $109. Many of our clients either bring our healthy meals to work or enjoy a healthy dinner with a significant other or family during their busy nights at home. An interesting tidbit is that the majority of our clients are actually not vegan - they're mostly individuals who understand the positive health impacts of eating more vegetables and want to incorporate more of that into their diet as they look to eat healthier. 

Sprinly Ohio Based Meal Plan Service

How did Sprinly come to be?

About three years ago, my girlfriend and I both decided to quit our finance and tech jobs in San Francisco, without a backup plan. Mary and I are both planners, so up to that point, we always knew our next step, but this time was different. We were going to take a trip and backpack around the world, with no end date and no itinerary. During our trip, we immersed ourselves in each country and found ourselves meditating with monks in Thailand, visiting rural villages in China, and sleeping under the stars in the Amazon rainforest. It was the most inspiring and enlightening adventure we’ve ever been on, and it was incredibly humbling. After our travels, we stopped in Cleveland, where I grew up, to visit my family and to figure out our next steps. We had initially planned on looking for new jobs in the startup world of Silicon Valley, but we were taught a memorable lesson from a monk in Japan during one of our meditation retreats. He was our age, and he opened his heart to us one night. He told us that he truthfully didn’t want to be a monk, but in order to honor his father and carry on his family tradition, he was obligated to live as a monk for the rest of his life. A monk forever. He kept reminding us that we were incredibly fortunate to have the freedom to pursue our passions. That stuck with us.

Japanese Carrot Ginger Salad with Tofu

Our whole lives, Mary and I have always been passionate about living a healthy lifestyle (exercising, eating right, meditating…etc.), and while we were in Cleveland, we faced one particular problem: we couldn’t get a meal that was both convenient and healthy. Without preparing meals for lunch every day or cooking every single night, this simply wasn’t possible. Even more, we were tired of all the "healthy" claims in stores and restaurants when we knew by looking at the ingredients that those meals were not honestly healthy. The word, "healthy," has evolved to become more of a marketing claim, and that bothered us.

We knew we couldn’t be the only ones having trouble getting a convenient, honestly nutritious meal. This, along with our desire to have a positive impact with our career, is what inspired Sprinly. This is why we decided to design each meal with nutrition in mind first and why we work with nutritionists and doctors. This is why our service is plant-based, because we know that if we want to have the biggest healthful impact possible in our country, it has to start with Americans eating more vegetables. This is why we decided to make Sprinly a delivery service, so we can reach more people and make healthy eating as convenient as possible. And this is why our long-term vision is to serve the entire country, because if traveling has taught us one thing, it’s that we’re all similar, no matter where we live, and Mary & I believe that location shouldn’t prevent anyone from having access to convenient, honestly nutritious meals. Our mission is to spread health and create happiness - we want to give people their time back and make it as easy as possible for others to live a healthier, happier life.

In line with our mission, with meals purchased, we donate to mission-driven non-profits who share similar values. From day 1, we made the decision to build a socially-aware business, and we believe that by working together, we can have a larger impact and create a healthier world. We are still just starting, but we've put our life savings into this, and we’re committed to creating something meaningful - something that will have a lasting positive impact on people's lives, and we believe that starts with one of our most priceless and underappreciated assets: our health. 

Sprinly Ohio Based Meal Plan Service
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