The Smithville Inn in Smithville, Ohio, in Wayne County, has long been one of my favorite spots for lunch while on the road in that part of the Buckeye State.
There has been an inn on this spot since 1818 when stagecoaches would stop for food and a place to sleep on the road between Akron and Wooster. Two Presidents of the United States, William McKinley and Franklin D. Roosevelt have had dinner here.
It is also responsible for a well-known Ohio product, Inn Made Noodles. The popular noodles were first made here by then-owner Sevilla Reining, who served them to her customers with the chicken dinners that the inn had become famous for. The noodles were so popular that she began to sell them to dinner customers to take home and the rest, as they say, is history.
While accommodations for overnight guests are long gone, the present owner of the Smithville Inn, Rick Hammond, keeps many of the original traditions of the inn. For example only fresh, never frozen chicken is used in the kitchen. All products are made from scratch, using local products whenever possible. Fresh home-made biscuits are always baking in the kitchen during serving hours and there are jars of home-made apple butter on the table.
My favorite lunch is one of their standard offerings, a “hot or cold salad plate”. I ordered the cold which comes with slices of fresh watermelon, pineapple, pears, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, a generous serving of the inn’s home-made chicken salad, potato salad and a scoop of cottage cheese. Accompanying the salad are hot biscuits and apple butter.
A friend who was with me ordered the inn’s home-made chicken noodle soup which was full of chunks of chicken and the famous noodles.
All in all a great place to stop for lunch or dinner while taking a drive through Wayne County.
The Smithville Inn is located at 109 East Main Street, Smithville. The phone number is 330-669-2641.