Newark Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Newark

April 14, 2018 Etsuko Causey

Newark is a city in and the county seat of Licking County, Ohio, United States, 33 miles (53 km) east of Columbus, at the junction of the forks of the Licking River. The estimated population was 49,134 at the 2016 census, which makes it the 20th largest city in Ohio.
Things to do in Newark

1. Whit's Frozen Custard

138 Broadway E, Granville, OH 43023-1304 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating American +1 740-587-3620
Excellent
82%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 150 reviews

Whit's Frozen Custard

Reviewed By Misonix - Cleveland, Ohio

Awesome, yes go here! Not that hungry but want a taste? They have a tiny baby cone for a dollar. seating outside and parking on the street. Their custard is excellent. You can thank me later.

2. River Road Coffee House

973 N 21st St, Newark, OH 43055-2921 Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Dinner +1 740-366-3356
Excellent
74%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

River Road Coffee House

Reviewed By LynnLLS - Chicago, Illinois

Decided to stop here after reading reviews. Cafe Mocha was great - not too sweet, not too hot. Just right. Pastry selection looked good if you're into that. Looking forward to my next trip to Ohio to grab a cup of River Road Coffee!

3. Red Oak Pub and Restaurant

250 Goosepond Rd, Newark, OH 43055-3103 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations American, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 9 - SGD 16 +1 740-366-5999
Excellent
59%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 184 reviews

Red Oak Pub and Restaurant

Food...friends...fun, Just what every community needs. That is why the Red Oak Pub and Restaurant Newark OH is the perfect place to dine, gather, and hang with a lot of laughs, great food, best burgers and a precise beer selection. The warm welcoming décor of exposed brick walls, oak wood and perfect music will enhance our warm hospitality to every guest that walks through the door. Red Oak Pub in Newark Ohio fits our guest of any age, families, singles, couples, grandparents or business people.

Reviewed By michaelrM5717MD - Granville, Ohio, United States

Well it's a sports bar with typical American bar and grill servings so nothing very different from what you find in many other places. We had some wings, salads, and pale ales which were all good. There are numerous large TVs visible from any seating position. There was an epic baseball game on most of the TVs with that game's sound on the PA system but we went there for Monday Night Football. They were very accommodating, giving us a table near a TV showing the football game, and turned down the volume on the house sound a bit so we could hear the football broadcast where we were seated. The server (Leanne) was very attentive.

4. Taste Of India

733 Hebron Rd, Heath, OH 43056-1351 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Television, Wheelchair Accessible Indian, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 740-522-0707
Excellent
76%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 59 reviews

Taste Of India

Reviewed By Janet G - Columbus, Ohio

Our family was visiting from Guadalajara, Mexico. Our party included a toddler, a carnivore, and two people who formerly lived in a Bangladeshi neighborhood in NYC.
We were seated with smiles, and served complimentary small bowls of soup and cups of mango lassi while we read the menu. It took a while to decide, so they brought a plate of tandoori chicken and a small order of fries (for the child), also complimentary. Finally, we ordered a platter of tandoori mixed grill, Saag panir, and vegetarian samosas for the table. The mixed grill was good (chicken, lamb, shrimp and spicy ground chicken kebabs). The Saag panir was the best I've ever had. Garlic and butter naan also excellent. No room for dessert. We took uneaten food with us. Such a lovely place, located in a building with an inelegant exterior next to a budget motel. The only negatives were a server who did not know the menu and cheap plastic tablecloths. Great food.

5. McClain Creations Custom Cakes and Coffee

1843 Cherry Valley Rd, Newark, OH 43055-1367 Cafe +1 740-522-6075
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 9 reviews

McClain Creations Custom Cakes and Coffee

Reviewed By wohdonkey - Ohio

My co workers have been going here once a week for months now. We get the cinnamon rolls which are $3 and massive. They are the best! Once you get them you won't want to get cinnamon rolls anywhere else. I have heard they do sell out sometimes because they seem to sell a lot of them.

6. Kanji Japanese Steak House

661 S 30th St, Heath, OH 43056-1244 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Japanese, Asian, Steakhouse, Sushi Lunch, Dinner +1 740-788-8775
Excellent
60%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 32 reviews

Kanji Japanese Steak House

Reviewed By Janet G - Columbus, Ohio

We had a toddler with us, so we were not sure what to expect. The server and chef each made sure she had what she needed: a booster seat, special hinged chopsticks so she could play with her food as well as eat it, and good miso soup.
We chose this place based on good reviews, even though none of us had ever been to this type of Japanese restaurant before. We were seated around a square cooking area with eight seats; our party of four filled half and another party of four was seated with us. I'm not sure their plans for a special evening included a child, but they did not complain. The flames frightened the toddler ( and me, I must admit), but it was a good show, and fun to watch our chef cook the simple meals of fried rice and vegetables, with a choice of shrimp, lobster, chicken, steak and scallops. I had shrimp, which was good but plain. My husband had l which he found to be a bit tough.
They provided sauces which they called "Yum Yum" (creamy and made with mayonnaise), and Ginger, which they described as "like Italian dressing."
We have eaten in many other Japanese restaurants. This experience made me feel like a tourist but not in a way that was educational. Fun, though.

7. Big Apple Cafe

1627 W Church St, Newark, OH 43055-1539 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout American, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 740-344-6633
Excellent
60%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Big Apple Cafe

Reviewed By Mark P - Etna, Ohio

Stopped by here on a Sunday morning, based on the reviews we'd read. Great service, friendly folks and outstanding food at an excellent price. I can't vouch for lunch, but breakfast was great! It has a New York, diner-style motif. At least one breakfast menu item is only available on the weekends, but that's just a testament to their desire to "get it right". This has become one of our "go to" places for breakfast. BRAVO!

8. City Barbeque

1195 W Church St, Newark, OH 43055-2101 (Formerly Dickey's Barbecue Pit) Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner SGD 20 - SGD 26 +1 740-281-1605
Excellent
53%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 98 reviews

City Barbeque

The idea for City Barbeque was born as an invitation to all the people in the city to enjoy great barbeque- America's food. Our award-winning barbeque is made with only the highest quality meats and served with our signature sauces on the side. Huge smokers are loaded daily to guarantee the very best hickory smoked, juicy, tender meat anywhere. So if an authentic barbeque experience is what you're after, look no further. Small groups of folks like us still believe in honoring quality, generations of tradition and true service. Whether you call it barbecue, Bar-B-Que, BBQ, or barbeque - we've got what you are looking for!

Reviewed By frosty322 - Barnesville, Ohio

Wow what an experience! Stopped by for a nice dinner with friends after watching football scrimmage. Let me say that my companions are big people who enjoy eating vast quantities of food. No one (even me) went away hungry! I had the "pick two" and added two sides. Brisket and pulled pork, along with mac&cheese and corn bread. Meat had very nice smoke flavor, tender, and very little fat. Sauces (on the side) were very nice sweet style. Mac&cheese was adequate (nothing spectacular), but corn bread was a small loaf that was freshly baked and just wonderful. They also had a special on buckets of beer (4 for $10). As I mentioned, several of my big eater friends could not finish their suppers. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

9. Lucky Bamboo

1485 Granville Rd, Newark, OH 43055-1537 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Asian, Chinese Lunch, Dinner +1 740-344-1822
Excellent
61%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 84 reviews

Lucky Bamboo

Reviewed By quilt4awhile - Nashport

I have been to Lucky Bamboo often. It's fast, fresh and hot food at an inexpensive price. The people that own it seem to always be available and are very nice. Staff is pleasant.
They have a lunch special that includes soup or egg roll with the meal and fried or steamed rice choice. Large variety of meals.

10. Texas Roadhouse

1200 W Church St, Newark, OH 43055-2156 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 26 +1 740-344-1885
Excellent
55%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 142 reviews

Texas Roadhouse

Texas Roadhouse is a steak restaurant providing legendary food with legendary service. Texas Roadhouse specializes in hand-cut steaks, fresh-baked bread, fall-off-the-bone-ribs, and made-from-scratch sides. We also serve ice cold beer and legendary margaritas. Treat your family and friends to a night at Texas Roadhouse.

Reviewed By Carl D - Johnstown, OH

Had the opportunity to go to Texas Roadhouse in Newark. They don't take reservations, but they do call heads. It was a very busy Saturday night. Had a slight delay because they switched hostesses, but worth the wait. To start we order the garlic lemon pepper buttered Shrimp appetizer along with their warm bread. It was very good. Both my wife and I order the Fort Worth Ribeye Steak medium rare. They were cooked perfectly and tasted delicious. I loved my sweet potato side too! Great meal and atmosphere!

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