10 Places to Satisfy A Craving

Just a few recommendations for restaurants, farm fresh food options, and places to get a drink across our county.

With family-owned farms, farmers markets, and restaurants that take advantage of local produce, Ashtabula County residents and visitors reap the benefits of fresh and healthy foods. Add in the award-winning wineries and the county is a go-to for culinary adventures.


Get breakfast (or an afternoon snack) at Madsen Donuts, an institution in Geneva-on-the-Lake since 1938.

Pro tip: Try the jelly sticks – filled with blackberry jelly and coated with fine sugar.

Fresh Produce

Go to family-run Robinson’s Apple Barn in Geneva for tasty apples, sweet corn, maple syrup, pickles, and apple butter. Take home fresh apple fritters and homemade apple pie.

Pick apples the way in-the-know residents have for years at Brant's Apple Orchard. Fill your bags with varieties like Gala, Cortland, and Honeycrisp apples while stocking up on locally produced wares, pumpkins, honey, and their famous fresh-pressed cider slushies.

Farmers Market

Ashtabula Farmers Market is a small, top-shelf market located in the historic Ashtabula Harbor. Shop for a variety of products like local veggies, honey, jams, bread, eggs, and maple syrup from June to October.

PRO TIP: The market often welcomes special guests, including the Ashtabula County Beekeepers Association, 4-H, live musicians, and cooking demonstrators.

Wine and Dine

Laurello Vineyards in Geneva serves exquisite food chosen to pair with its wine selections. Family recipes have been handed down for generations and include the to-die-for Laurello meatballs.

Best for Beer

With 138 beer choices, Sparky’s Place in Conneaut has one of the largest selections of craft beers in the county. Pair a pint with the Sparky’s Chicken Bacon Bomb Sandwich at the family-friendly restaurant.

Drive In Like No Other

Pull up at the White Turkey Drive-in in Conneaut, established in 1952, where you’ll find the best hot shredded turkey sandwich around. Other reasons to visit: chili dogs, hand-spun milkshakes, and RICHardson’s Root Beer floats.


For authentic Southern style barbecue, head to Briquettes Smokehouse in Ashtabula. Meats are smoked in-house a L-O-N-G time for the ultimate flavor. Wash it down with craft beer and fresh-squeezed lemonade.

PRO TIP: Don't miss the table full of house-made sauces to choose from.

Dine and Stay the Night

Before tucking in for the night at The Lakehouse Inn, dine in style at Crosswinds Grille, a farm-to-table restaurant with a seasonal menu of locally sourced ingredients like duck and goat cheese risotto. Pair your meal with a bottle of its Lakehouse wine.

PRO TIP: You can get breakfast here too, even if you’re not an inn guest!

BONUS: Ice Cream for Dessert

There is nothing sinful about enjoying any one of the homemade seasonal flavors of ice cream served in Heavenly Creamery. Hidden behind church doors and beautiful stained-glass windows, over 135 delicious flavors are created.

Categorized Under: Outdoors Places to Eat