Akron/Summit Family-Friendly Restaurants


Akron and Summit restaurants offer a sophisticated menu of locally made Amish cheese, delicious craft brews and savory red and white wines

Akron, full of exciting attractions, is a place where families and solo travelers alike can make memories. But after a long day exploring and taking in the city, even the most enthusiastic, energetic visitors need something warm food and a cold drink. Fortunately, Akron and Summit restaurants serve top-notch culinary creations—not to mention lots of spots to sip on a drink before heading back to the hotel.

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Gasoline Alley in Ohio

Hungry after a day of chocolate-tasting and wine-sipping? Need a tasty bite before heading home? Enjoy upscale pub grub in a casual, fun atmosphere featuring a full bar. It would be easy to dive into a description of any of Gasoline Alley’s dishes (the Route 66 “Fat Boy Burgers” are especially enticing), but this eatery is known for its great variety of food choices, from omelets to pizzas to soups. You will not be hungry when walking out of Gasoline Alley, where good grub meets friendly people.

A menu right up your alley

Grandpa’s Cheese Barn in Ohio

Cheese takes center stage in this family-owned store. Their collection of 120 cheeses features local varieties produced by small Amish farms and local Holmes County cheese-makers, as well as imported fanciful cheeses hailing from Scotland, Ireland, Finland and Holland. Want to try something besides meat and cheese? Grandpa’s Cheese Barn also sells country jams, jellies and pickles, plus—for those craving a sweet treat—local honey and maple syrup. Top the visit off with a piece of the store’s scrumptious fudge to guarantee a fulfilling culinary experience.

The best cheese and chocolates in Ohio

Summit Brew Path

Summit Brew Path, where groups gather.

Summit Brew Path

Summit Brew Path takes participants to nearly two dozen craft breweries around Greater Akron, showcasing a variety of beer creations for all palates. Whether your go-to is a hazy IPA or a sour ale, you can find a variety of brews throughout your journey. The point, of course, is to showcase Southern Ohio’s finest beers—but no matter who wins, craft beer enthusiasts are ultimately victorious. Participants must pick up an official passport at a participating brewery, then make a purchase at each stop along the Path. Those who upload their passports have the chance to win the grand prize at the Summit Brew Path Bash.

How to get involved in a contest built for beer-lovers

The Winery at Wolf Creek in Ohio

Wine-lovers unite: the Winery at Wolf Creek is one of the Buckeye State’s finest establishments. This family-owned winery offers tastings, cooking classes, tours and other events. And it isn’t just about the wine—Ohio’s countryside is the perfect backdrop for an afternoon of sipping and relaxing, be it while sitting outside or strolling the picturesque vineyards. Founded in 1980, the Winery at Wolf Creek sold its first bottle in 1985 and hasn’t looked back since, ascending to become a favorite spot of midwestern wine enthusiasts.

Wolf Creek’s red wine selection

Fannie Mae Chocolate Factory in Akron

Fannie Mae

Fannie Mae Chocolate Factory is a sweet Akron and Summit restaurant for families of all ages.

Situated just off of the highway and not far from the Akron-Canton Airport, Fannie Mae is a must-visit spot for those who like chocolate. After all, this store doesn’t just revolve around eating sweet treats—it is about their creation, too. See how gourmet chocolates are made and try the famous Peanut Butter Buckeyes, a staple of Ohio chocolate lore. Tours—always a popular option for faraway visitors and locals alike—end in the retail store, where you can choose from more than 500 varieties of chocolates and candies.

Explore Fannie Mae: a chocolate-lover’s heaven

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