1. Yamato Steakhouse of Japan, Lima
Location: 2315 Elida Road and 1507 Harding Highway, Lima
Phone: Elida Road: 564-371-3210; Harding Highway: 419-221-2417
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Highlights: Yamato Steakhouse offers two unique dining experiences to the Lima area: sushi and hibachi grills. Diners can gather at a hibachi table and watch while their fresh steaks are grilled to perfection. For those hesitant to try sushi, the friend roll offers the taste of sushi but without the raw fish. The light and casual atmosphere, moderate prices and delectable variety of tastes truly give the Lima area a true taste of Asian cuisine.
2. Hunan Gardens, Lima
Location: 723 Saratoga Ave., Lima
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday
Highlights: Hunan Gardens offers pork, chicken, beef and seafood in traditional Chinese dishes. General Tsoís chicken is a popular choice with its spicy, yet sweet and sour taste. The restaurantís crab rangoon and spring rolls are also popular choices. Donít worry if you are in a hurry either as they offer carry out. In fact, about half of their customers take advantage of the carry-out option.
3. Thai Jasmine, Lima
Location: 215 S. Pine St., Lima
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Highlights: This restaurant has a loyal following, some even traveling over an hour a way on a regular basis to dine here. Customers rave about the homemade crab rangoon, spring rolls and friendly wait staff. Their fried rice and noodle dishes are also very popular. If youíre looking to try Thai food, this is the place.
Honorable Mentions: China Wok, Lima; House of Hunan, Lima; Mark Pi Express, Lima