TOM'S ICE CREAM BOWL

Tom's Ice Cream Bowl set its roots in Zanesville, Ohio in 1948. They've been serving up generous portions of homemade ice cream, daily house roasted nuts, Ohio made chocolates and diner style dishes for almost 70 years! This iconic business was sold to long time manager, Bill Sullivan, in 1984 and he's kept every thing the exact same. It's like going back in time when you step through the doors. Tom's Ice Cream Bowl has a national reputation and is a staple in the small riverside community. 

You can't beat their homemade soups and local sausage sandwich for lunch. And you can't stop by without getting dessert. Try a chocolate, strawberry or butterscotch sundae with any of their ## flavors of ice cream and toppings. Maybe a banana split or a milkshake is more your style... You really can't go wrong at Tom's. Be sure to get a handful of Ben Heggy's chocolates and caramels on your way out!

MUDDY MISERS

With a bustling kitchen and a patio with unparalleled views of the mighty Muskingum River, you don't want to miss this Zanesville favorite. With dish choices ranging from classic fish n chips and grilled steaks to the inventive walleye reuben and flatbread pizza topped with craw fish, you'd be hard pressed to find a better spot for date night or an evening to catch up with old friends. They're loaded with a beer selection that covers both craft and commercial favorites and a full bar for cocktails. Not to mention they have one of the finest bourbon and scotch selections in town.

This restaurant was started by a local restauranteur before being sold to a sister duo, Kem and Tina and their husbands. They've maintained the best aspects of the restaurant while adding their own special flare and flavor to the experience. These folks are hands on when it comes to your experience in their restaurant. They've chosen quality over convenience when it comes to their food by hand cutting their steaks and smoking their own signature prime rib. This is a restaurant that offers a true local experience, from the smile that greets when you walk through the door to the last bite of food on your plate. It's local flavor at its best and with a view.

WEASEL BOY BREWING

Brewing duo, Jay and Lori Wince, have set the standard high for Zanesville. Their reputation extends throughout the country and the folks in nearby Columbus can't get enough of these brews, despite their access to over 20 local breweries in the Columbus area. You can't beat the Weasel Boy beer selection which offers four flagships like the dearly loved Dancing Ferret IPA and biggest seller, the Plaid Ferret Scottish Ale, along with an array of rotating seasonals that include a Mango Wheat, Bitter Sable BIPA, Anastasia Imperial Stout, Mint Chocolate Stout, Snow Ermine Holiday Ale with raw, local honey, whole vanilla and organic cocoa nibs. If that doesn't make your mouth water, I don't know what will.

There's only one thing missing from this picture and that's beer's best friend, pizza. The crust is made in the kitchen every single day using the brewery's very own Brown Stoat Stout to infuse a wheat crust. It's smothered in the house made sauce and topped with fresh, local ingredients. From the pizza to the beer, they love their craft and it shows through every pint and slice.

Building a locally sustainable environment and economy

Reviving Zanesville's rich history in brewing, Weasel Boy Brewing Company opened its doors in 2007 and has been growing ever since. The brewery offers a unique culture that promotes community involvement in every aspect of its operation. Spent grains from brewing are donating to local farmers, recyclable products are recycled, produce and meats are sourced from local farms and suppliers, every wine and cider on their menu was made within an hour of their location and on top of all of that, they have live music every weekend and often play host to fund raising events for local charities, organizations and benefits. This business truly does actively support a sustainable environment and economy through their business practices and they're always looking for new ways to expand their efforts. Don't feel guilty for overdoing it on craft beer and pizza at this local joint, every purchase is for a good cause in one way or another. Cheers!

THE BRIDGE CAFE

These folks continue with the feel of the historic Putnam neighborhood by offering up fresh, creative dishes made from scratch and sure to please. You can't visit without trying the Scottish Egg which features a hard boiled egg, wrapped in sausage and deep fried to crispy yet juicy perfection. They have a wide selection of salads, soups and sandwiches for lunch, but the breakfast is all the rave in Zanesville. They feature items like the classic chicken and waffle to french toast stuffed with whipped, flavor infused cream cheese and the ever popular, waffle breakfast sandwich. You read it right; It's a breakfast sandwich held together by a house made waffle. Of course, traditional breakfast options are there to stay with omelettes packed with fresh ingredients and pancakes from plain to playful.

It's Zanesville's newest brunch spot and they're serving up local coffee that is roasted just a half hour away by One Line Coffee! It really doesn't get any fresher than that! Even better is that the folks who roast the coffee are very hands on in their approach. They visit the farms and farmers who grow the beans to ensure everyone is getting paid fairly and treated well. It's a great feeling to know that every cup of coffee you drink is making the world a better, more sustainable place. And it really is the best cup you can find in town with choices like traditional drip, pour over, Chemex, french press and espresso creations.