Restaurants in Highland County, Ohio have been doing farm to table long before it was cool or trendy.
I’m sharing more about great local restaurants and businesses in Hillsboro, Greenfield, and Leesburg in southeastern Ohio to visit while you are in the area.
This article is brought to you in partnership with Visit Highland County.
Where is Highland County, Ohio?
Highland County is located in southeastern Ohio, about an hour and 20 minutes east of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.
Watch a Game at Catch 22 Sports Pub
250 Jefferson St, Greenfield, Ohio
Our first stop was lunch at Catch 22 Sports Pub where the food collectively exceeded our expectations. This is a great place for sandwiches, burgers, and flatbreads.
A few recommendations to try at Catch 22 are the following:
The Voice burger for spicy food fans, topped with jalapeños and sriracha mayo.
I would recommend a side of their hand-cut regular fries or sweet potato fries. Make sure that you ask for the zesty sauce to dip your fries in.
The Buffalo chicken flatbread was so good! I have a feeling that you can’t go wrong with any of the flatbread options.
Make sure that you try Catch 22’s Italian Sandwich with their giant onion rings.
There are multiple TVs displayed around the restaurant, making it a great place to grab a drink and watch a game. Catch 22 also hosts a variety of live events throughout the year.
New Micro Brewery Coming Soon to Highland County!
Right next to Catch 22 there is a new microbrewery coming soon called Scotty’s 22 Brew offering 5 different beers in 5 different styles. We got to preview the space adjacent to Catch 22 during our visit.
The community is really excited to have their first brewery in Highland County coming soon!
Stop in for a Sweet Treat at Batter Up Bakery
40 E. Main St. Leesburg, OH
If you are craving a sweet treat, Batter Up Bakery has you covered!
Batter Up Bakery offers freshly baked brownies, cupcakes, handmade donuts, as well as seasonal and bake-to-order specialties.
Their team has impressive cake decorating skills and I have no doubt they can create whatever you dream up.
Batter Up Bakery is committed to high-quality, locally sourced fresh ingredients using local farms for fresh eggs, milk, seasonal fruits, and vegetables.
The following seasonal fruits transition from summer to fall in the following order:
Basically, they give you an excuse to stop by often.
I love strawberries and I was pretty excited that we were able to enjoy several pastries made with fresh strawberries from a local farm during our visit.
They even have strawberry fritters which I was told is one of the more time consuming pastries to make.
We got to witness their from-scratch methods during our visit. They don’t take shortcuts and the results are worth it when you taste them.
If you happen to visit in time for a hot glazed donut, you will experience magic in your mouth.
The Elks Golf Course
451 Danville Pike, Hillsboro, Ohio
Located on the Elks Golf Course, The Frog and Club Restaurant is both family-friendly or perfect for a nice evening out with friends or a date.
We tried the pulled BBQ pork tostado as a special appetizer to share for the table which was delicious.
A few other table favorites were the Rib-eye steak, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, bruschetta pasta, and the bourbon grilled salmon.
Try to save room for their chocolate dessert, even if you are stuffed it’s worth sharing and taking a bite.
Breakfast or Lunch at The Daily Grind
122 S High Street, Hillsboro, Ohio
The Daily Grind is a café and bakery serving up both breakfast and lunch. Their baked goods are made fresh and from scratch daily. They locally source whenever possible from area farmers.
For lunch they also offer fresh and creative sandwiches and seasonal soups and salads.
There is a nice selection of coffee and teas to choose from that can be ordered hot or cold. I opted for the honey almond latte that was just the right amount of sweetness.
We ate breakfast prior to our visit or I definitely would have tried one of their made-from-scratch muffins or cookies.
I definitely want to stop by for lunch during my next visit!
Shop Local at Hillsboro Farmers’ Market
108 Governor Trimble Pl, Hillsboro, OH
You can purchase food and goods from local farmers and artisans every Saturday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Hillsboro Farmers Market.
You’ll find an assortment of fresh flowers, produce, homemade breads, gift ideas, decor and more.
Find Your BBQ Supplies at Maplecrest Meats & More
547 S High St, Hillsboro Ohio
If you are looking for a top-notch meat selection for your next grill out or BBQ, look no farther than Maplecrest Meats & More.
They sell a variety of deli meats, bread, toppings, and accessories in addition to bulk ground beef, freezer beef, and grass-fed pasture-raised meat.
Maplecrest Meats has a history with beef as a family-owned and operated farm that has been raising Angus cows since 1986. You can even call and request to schedule a farm tour.
Maplecrest Meats uses the top 15% of the breed for marbling and ribeye.
They offer locally farm-raised beef in their frozen section and fresh certified Angus beef. (There is no difference in the quality, but you will save a little on the frozen meats.)
Now you can purchase their high quality meats at their storefront or get meats shipped from their online store.
Feel Like Family at Momma’s Cafe
(Unfortunately this restaurant has closed since our last visit)
10940 OH-124, Marshall, Ohio
This cafe is a true family affair and the owner’s personalities and family recipes shine as namesakes and tributes on the menu.
You’ll find homecooked meals and homemade recipes including housemade sauces, dressings, hand-breaded chicken with everything sourced as local as possible.
A few menu recommendations:
The Firebird chicken sandwich for spicy food fans with a side of their homemade “kick sauce” to dip your fries in.
The coconut shrimp with the coconut dipping sauce is excellent and you can’t go wrong with sweet potato fries.
Their handbreaded chicken tenders with a homemade biscuit are another great option.
Fun fact: their biscuits are made with Sprite and sour cream. It sounds odd, but it works!
Try to save room for dessert if you can. Unfortunately, we were stuffed but I really enjoyed a behind-the-scenes look at how their blueberry cobbler is made. (The unfinished cobbler is pictured above.)
Where to Stay in Highland County
9228 Fall Creek Road, Leesburg, Ohio
If you are looking for a bed and breakfast that feels like a country retreat, you’ll want to check out Woodhaven Farm Bed and Breakfast.
The bed and breakfast is located on a private 40-acre farm, where you can “choose your own adventure.” Relax and read a book, bird watch, hike the trails or learn about farm life from the owners.
In the morning, you can enjoy a farm fresh breakfast without the cooking or cleanup.
The eggs for breakfast are locally sourced at their chicken coup located within a few steps of their front door.
You can meet the chickens who helped contribute to your breakfast. As a city slicker, I love learning more about where my food comes from and the farming process from the owners.
Are You Ready for a Foodie Adventure in Highland County Ohio?
The hardest part now is deciding which place you want to visit first.