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PaPa Joe’s menu (varies slightly between locations) specializes in replacing stomach voids with satisfying subs and tasty pizzas. Start with an eight-piece arrangement of wings ($4.95) whose sauces are kept secret unless you can guess your server’s middle name and favorite Muppet. After an antipasto salad ($6) spiced up with pepperoni, mushrooms, salami, tomatoes, and non-faux cheese, procure a personal seven-inch pizza ($4.25) with a topping of your choice. Or give your body’s gas tank a fright with one of PaPa Joe’s famous two-foot monster pizzas ($32.95 with one topping). You can also add extra summer to your summer by gargling a 10-inch Hawaiian pizza ($11.95)—which includes ham, bacon, black olives, and pineapple chunks—or sample all nine inches of the popular non-pizza, the richboy sub ($5.50+), served with ham, salami, peppers, and mozzarella.

20 Cromley St
Ashville,
OH
US

Open year-round, Deer Creek State Park's championship-style course administers a 350-acre test of club control, patience, and aim to golfers of all skill levels. As dimpled balls traverse from tees to holes throughout the par-72 course, they have to avoid an array of obstacles, including 52 sandy traps, 10 ponds, and numerous distractingly beautiful trees with distractingly hard-to-hear singing voices. With four par-3 holes, the Jack Kidwell-designed maze features lengthy bluegrass fairways finely combed with real banjo strings. Manicured bentgrass greens and French-tipped fringes offer golfers a curvy, challenging short game. Golfers looking to warm up their elbows before using them to steer the included cart can take advantage of Deer Creek's driving range and practice putting green.

22300 State Park Road 20
Mount Sterling,
OH
US

The pizza technicians at Wedgewood Pizza have been sculpting delectable pie designs from freshly kneaded dough for more than 40 years. Pizzas, which range in size from 8 to 16 inches ($4–$10.50), can be dressed in either a tomato-sauce and cheese suit or in white, garlic-flavored spats. Bedazzle your pie with any of Wedgewood Pizza’s 24 veggie, meat, and seafood toppings. Six specialty pies prefabricate popular flavor combinations, with the house special ($8.50–$12) smuggling green peppers and pepperoni beneath a cover of mozzarella cheese. The sandwich pizza ($12–$21) layers a choice of four toppings between a pair of crusts, forging a cushy comestible that doubles as a scented neck pillow. Vegetarians can feast on fresh-tomato pizza, topped with tomatoes, oregano, garlic, and romano cheese ($8.50–$12), or sink sweet teeth into mini cannolis ($1) and cinnamon bread ($2.50–$4.50).

3057 Turnberry Court
Grove City,
OH
US

Tee Jaye's founders began preparing homestyle meals in 1970, a venture that spawned a string of 24-hour diners stuffed with delicious country fare. An egg-centric medley of dishes graces the all-day breakfast menu, with options such as the barnyard buster ($5.10)—two biscuits, two eggs, and country fries wallowing in a puddle of Tee Jaye's famous sausage gravy—and the sunshine sandwich ($6.95), grilled sourdough trapped under stacks of cheddar, swiss, ham, scrambled eggs, and hash browns. Turn to the lunch-and-dinner menu to find the answer to the sphinx's riddle ("sweet tea") as well as a spread of classic country-kitchen eats, including the chicken-fried chicken ($8.25), homemade meatloaf and dressing ($7.75), and Granny's grandburger ($7.95), a half-pound beef patty served with fries and a choice of three toppings. A tot-thrilling kids' menu ($2.49/breakfast; $3.49/lunch and dinner) and a crisp collection of summer flatbreads ($6.95+) round out the restaurant's dining selections.

1880 Stringtown Rd
Grove City,
OH
US

Though the hot dog may often be thought of as a simple summertime staple, the cooks at Hot Dawgs! have worked to elevate them to gourmet status. Nathan’s all-beef hot dogs, brats, Italian sausages, and veggie dogs all sizzle on grills, awaiting toppings that range from traditional sport peppers and sauerkraut to such inventive condiments as sriracha and coleslaw. Its seasonal housemade soups and tater tots pair with the handheld meals, and slices of homemade pie serve as a happy conclusion, much like a third-grader’s edits to Romeo and Juliette.

2213 Stringtown Rd
Grove City,
OH
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Bringing together homemade tomato sauce and sicilian hand-tossed dough, Bari Pizzaria cooks up a menu of delicious discs generously covered with fresh toppings. Ready bellies for thin-crust, deep-dish, or stuffed pies with an order of styxhs ($6.25)—hand-twisted breadsticks stuffed with mozzarella and provolone, sprinkled with parmesan, and high-scoring in Scrabble. If Bari's signature pizza ($11.50 for 10") had a mouth, it would boast about its ability to bench its heavy load of meat toppings, including pepperoni, italian sausage, bacon, and salami, while also humming beautiful arias to quiet growling bellies. All pizzas, including the Chicago-style deep-dish ($15.75 for 12") and stuffed pies ($13.50 for 12"), are smothered with a sauce of vine-ripened tomatoes and fresh basil, and coated with a thick layer of melted Wisconsin mozzarella and provolone cheeses. Those looking to diversify their edible geometry may opt for a freshly baked submarine sandwich, such as the traditional philly cheesesteak ($7.25 for 9") or the garden-looting veggie ($6.25 for 9").

946 Galloway Rd
Galloway,
OH
US