1. Luluís Diner, Lima
Location: 2114 Spencerville Road, 1321 Bellefontaine Ave.
Phone: Spencerville Road: 419-221-5858; Bellefontaine Ave.: 419-228-2447
Hours: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
Highlights: Opened three years ago by Amy and Justin Musil, Luluís Diner has become the place to go for breakfast. The Luluís special which features eggs, choice of breakfast meat, home fries and the restaurantís special thick cut toast is a favorite with customers. Also available are Belgian waffles, fluffy pancakes and enormous omelets, all served by a smiling wait staff.
2. Bob Evans Restaurant, Lima, Wapakoneta, Van Wert, Celina
Locations: 1810 Harding Highway and 1530 N. Cable Road, Lima; 1550 Saturn Drive, Wapakoneta; 761 W. Ervin Road, Van Wert; 2000 Havemann Road, Celina
Phone: Harding Highway: 419-223-3237; Cable Road: 419-228-2004; Saturn Drive: 419-738-7603; 761 W. Ervin Road: 419-238-7191; 2000 Havemann Road: 419-586-9595.
Hours: Harding Highway: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday; Cable Road: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily; Saturn Drive: 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 761 W. Ervin Road: 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Havemann Road: 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday.
Highlights: Well known for their sausage gravy and biscuits, Bob Evans has a wide variety of breakfast items for every taste. For those wanting something hearty, the rise and shine breakfast offers eggs, potatoes, a choice of meat and a choice of bread. For those looking for a lighter option, the fruit and yogurt plate and the vegetable omelet with a side of fruit are less than 450 calories. Whatever you choose, itís sure to be served up fresh.
3. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Lima
Location: 1930 Roschman Ave.
Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Highlights: If you are hungry, head on over to Cracker Barrel for a hearty breakfast. The sunrise sampler will net you two eggs, a slice each of ham, sausage, and bacon, hash browns, grits and gravy and fried apples. Donít like eggs? Thatís okay because the menu has a wide variety of options from oatmeal to pancakes. When you are done, stop out in the general store to browse the many novelty items for sale, as well as, candies and specialties like the homemade apple butter.
Honorable Mentions: IHOP (International House of Pancakes), Lima; Happy Daz, Lima; Baked to Perfection, Delphos