Disclosure: I received free meals at these places during a press trip to Marietta, Ohio. All opinions are honest, my own, and may differ from yours.
One of the best parts of traveling is getting to visit cool restaurants. Not having to do the dishes is a pretty good perk too. I got to eat at four great places in Marietta, Ohio while in town. I know that you’ll want to visit them too!
Marietta Brewing Co.
The Marietta Brewing Co. restaurant is a super cool place where you can get an amazing burger. I know they have other amazing food because everyone at our table loved what they got. I got the Bacon & Beer Cheeseburger with onion rings. Yum. And just look at that bacon!
If I hadn’t gotten the burger, my second choice was the Mediterranean Stone Oven Pizza. It looked so good. Everything on the menu looked good actually, so I’m sure you won’t go wrong no matter what you order! Trust me. You don’t want to miss this place.
Spagna’s Italian Restaurant
If you are a fan of Italian food, and who isn’t, you’ve got to visit Spagna’s Italian Restaurant in Marietta, Ohio. Once again, it was really hard to choose what to order because everything looked amazing. We tried the shrimp scampi flatbread and the chicken alfredo flatbread for an appetizer. They were both really good. I ordered the lasagna which came with a salad. The bleu cheese dressing was homemade, and it was amazing!
Gun Room at The Lafayette Hotel
On my recent trip to Marietta, Ohio, I got to stay at The Lafayette Hotel and you can read about that in my post about the hotel and Hidden Marietta. The Lafayette has a very good restaurant inside called Gun Room. You’ll notice the collection of long rifles in this room. They date from 1795-1885. You can read a brief history of the guns while you are there.
We had breakfast in the Gun Room the last day of my stay, and I ordered their french toast with pecan praline syrup and a side of bacon. It was so delicious! I need to figure out how to make that syrup. I could just drink it straight!
Busy Bee Restaurant
Busy Bee Restaurant first opened in 1944 as a mom and pop restaurant that was a local teen hangout, and it stayed the same for many years until 2016 when Larry Sloter bought the restaurant. Larry grew up in Marietta and graduated from college with a BA in marketing. During his college years, he worked in a restaurant. He spent six years in banking and five years as the president of a career college. When he found the Busy Bee was for sale, he knew he wanted to purchase it.
When Larry purchased the restaurant, he made several physical changes to the building, but the biggest changes came with the food. Larry gradually added more locally produced food to the menu. Now almost everything on the menu is made from scratch including the corned beef and pastrami. Busy Bee uses local meat and eggs. They also use local produce when it is in season and add specials to the menu to accommodate the local growing season. I know I want to visit from May to June when strawberries are in season for some strawberry shortcake!
In the future, Larry says to expect more local foods to be added to the menu. Larry even purchases his coffee from a local 11 year old boy who buys the coffee beans, roasts them and then sells them to the restaurant. His name is Ashton Nolan and his company is called “Broasters.”
Busy Bee was voted Reader’s Choice for Best Lunch Spot in the 2016 Marietta Times Reader’s Choice Awards. I need to go back for lunch since I only had breakfast there. But that breakfast was awesome! I love the fact that what I’m eating comes from someplace local and is made from scratch. They even make the ketchup from scratch. I definitely recommend that you eat either breakfast or lunch (they’re not open for dinner) at Busy Bee Restaurant when you visit Marietta.
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