1. Beer Barrel
Location: 2625 W. Market St., Lima; 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 St.: 11 a.m. to midnight Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. 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: A dozen delicious salads await you at Beer Barrel. If the names like Caesar, Santa Fe chicken, apple walnut bleu cheese don’t entice you, then try the meatball salad or the authentic Greek. You can’t go wrong with a crisp salad, low in calories, high in fiber and rich in nutrients.
2. Olive Garden
Location:1936 Roschman Ave., Lima
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 11 am. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Highlights: There are three great things about the starting course at the Olive Garden. The very first thing is it’s endless. The second thing is the dressing is to die for and the third thing is the breadsticks dripping with butter and garlic which come with the salad.
Location: 2330 Elida Road, Lima; 1830 Harding Highway, Lima, 1971 Tiffin Ave., Findlay
Phone: Elida Road: 419-222-3700; Harding Highway: 419-229-9797; Findlay: 419-422-3260
Hours: Elida Road and Harding Highway: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday; Findlay: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday
Highlights: It’s salad time, and seasonal salads are all the rave at Panera. Who can resist a salad featuring fresh hearts of romaine, berries, apples, sugared almonds and feta? It’s hard to believe something this good is actually so good for you.