1. Fat Jack’s Pizza, Lima
Location: 1806 N. West St., 2340 Spencerville Road, and 801 Findlay Road (carry-out only), Lima
Phone: 419-227-1813; Spencerville Road: 419-229-2002; Findlay Road: 419-223-6100
Hours: 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday
Highlights: The very first Fat Jack’s Pizza opened its doors back in 1975 on Findlay Road. In 1982, the West Street restaurant opened, and then the Spencerville location popped up to make three altogether. These restaurants serve up some amazing pizza — from a 6-inch option to an extra big 21-inch pizza pie. Don’t forget the many other food options that are available, including appetizers, wings, subs and even desserts.
2. Beer Barrel, Lima, Findlay, St. Marys
Location: 2625 W. Market St. and 1840 S. Dixie Highway, Lima; 900 Interstate Drive, Findlay; 1200 Indiana Ave., St. Marys
Phone: Lima: 419-229-6211, Findlay: 419-424-3663, St. Marys: 419-778-7112
Hours: Market Street: 11 a.m. to midnight Monday to Thursday, 11 to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday; Dixie Highway: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday; Findlay: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday; St. Marys: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday
Highlights: At Beer Barrel, the dough is made fresh in each of the restaurant’s four locations. And only the finest cheese and ingredients make the cut for the vast array standard and premium toppings. After everything is put together, the pizzas are placed inside an authentic stone deck oven, where they are baked and then enjoyed by loyal customers.
3. The Pizzeria, regional
Location: 112 N. High St, Columbus Grove; 103 E. Main St, Kalida; 102 E. Main St, Leipsic; 1085 N. Perry St, Ottawa; 206 E. Main St, Pandora
Phone: Columbus Grove: 419-659-2628, Kalida: 419-532-3322, Leipsic: 419-943-2700, Ottawa: 419-523-5555, Pandora: 419-384-7222
Hours: Columbus Grove, Kalida, Leipsic, Ottawa: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; Pandora: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday
Highlights: This family-business is owned by Brent and Curt Shafer. The Pizzeria opened in 1972 and has been serving up the finest pizza in Putnam County ever since. Its pizza sauce recipe has remained unchanged since the beginning, which is probably one reason customers keep coming again and again. Something else that sets The Pizzeria apart from competition is the fact that the pizzas are baked in traditional deck ovens instead of the quicker conveyor ovens. Be sure to try their wings, along with their famous cheese-stuffed breadsticks.