Best new business (after July 1, 2018)


Ira Collier Jr. packs plenty of chicken into a meal at Panda Express, which opened in December.

Ira Collier Jr. packs plenty of chicken into a meal at Panda Express, which opened in December.


A variety of Chinese-inspired dishes are readily available for pickup at Panda Express, which opened in December on Lima’s Elida Road.

A variety of Chinese-inspired dishes are readily available for pickup at Panda Express, which opened in December on Lima’s Elida Road.


1. Panda Express

Location: 3200 Elida Road, Lima

Phone: 419-702-0690

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Highlights: The Chinese-inspired dishes at Panda Express made their way onto the Lima list of eateries in December. They’ve already become a favorite for people looking for a quick bite. There are several vegetarian and options, as well as the unique tea bar.

2. 318 Restaurant & Bar

Location: 318 N. Main St., Lima

Phone: 419-225-7500

Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday

Highlights: The 318 opened in September and instantly built a clientele of people looking for upscale food in downtown Lima. You won’t want to miss the hamburgers — a custom blend of brisket, short rib and ground chuck, such as the 318 Burger, served with spicy peanut butter.

3. Aldi

Location: 2290 Harding Highway, Lima

Phone: 855-955-2534

Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Highlights: Aldi made its debut on Lima’s east side in December. The newly designed store showed how the chain shifted from just being a no-frills grocer to a destination for fresh, organic products.

Honorable Mention: Lox Salon + Spa, Lima; The Axe Cave, Delphos; Whiskey, Wine & Roses, Fort Jennings

Ira Collier Jr. packs plenty of chicken into a meal at Panda Express, which opened in December.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/07/web1_PandaExpress.jpgIra Collier Jr. packs plenty of chicken into a meal at Panda Express, which opened in December.
A variety of Chinese-inspired dishes are readily available for pickup at Panda Express, which opened in December on Lima’s Elida Road.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/07/web1_PandaExpress2.jpgA variety of Chinese-inspired dishes are readily available for pickup at Panda Express, which opened in December on Lima’s Elida Road.

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