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On the Road Again, Newark: The Eatery

Posted by CMH Gourmand on April 23, 2009

The Eatery

44 West Locust Street (4th and Locust, off SR 13)
Newark (Nerk)

Monday to Saturday 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Sunday 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM

My job takes me on the road on occasion. Everytime I hit the road, I take a big hit because the work piles up in the office. However, the time behind the wheel is the only peace I get during the workweek – I can’t have a blackberry or a non Flintstone era laptop so the drivetime is dead time. My area is Columbus, Southeast Ohio and the non populated parts of Northeast Ohio. I see a lot of small towns and back roads. The real bonus is that I often get to eat lunch – as in sit at a table and eat an actual meal, something that rarely happens when I am in my cubical farm.

Other than NPR and some rocking i Pod playlists, what really makes my back road public service bearable is my sixth sense for good small town eateries, I can always find the best place to eat in any town I land in. When I was in Newark, my discovery was The Eatery.

Walking through the door I could have walked into 1961, 1978 or later, the place is a timeless small town diner. Whether you are 21 or 60 and whether your waitress is 16 or 36, you are going to be called hon or honey – multiple times. There is a round pie case on display just as you enter. It is stacked with some great looking pies that look like they should be on the cover of a magazine or maybe a centerfold. I knew this was going to be my lunch spot before my waitress called me hon and told me to sit wherever I liked. The locals tolerated me being a non local. I slid into my booth and surveyed the menu.

I ordered the Shepard’s Pie, a special for the day with a side of coleslaw. Both were good. Coleslaw is my diner canary in a coal mine, if it sucks so goes the meal. I was served the standard two rolls with butter swatches and plenty of refills on my beverage. I asked the waitress for pie guidance but she was stumped because “they are all so good, honey”. I believed her – I know good pie when I see it. Finally we decided I would have the double fudge cake because it just came out from the kitchen. Two layers of cake, separated by a dense, pudding like layer of fudge and encased in a thick chocolate icing with a big tear drop shaped dollop of buttercream frosting on top. Damn that cake was good.

The Eatery does breakfast all day – an essential for the quintessential Ohio diner. Some interesting deals are offered during the week. On Tuesdays, free dessert comes with your entree from 4PM to 7PM. On Wednesdays, there is a beat the clock feature on several dinner entrees. If you arrive before 5 PM, your meal is $5, if you arrive before 6:15 PM your meal is $6.15. Who in the heck would come after that anyway since the restaurant closes at 7PM?

Downtown Newark has an old school town square that is filled with independent businesses – not a Starbucks to be seen. Driving through I could see a sign for a big book store called Cindamar as well as The Buckeye Winery – two places that could keep me busy for a long time – if I had the time, but I had to get back on the road to my next appointment. I should have bought a whole pie before I left – the road can be lonely, but not when you have pie at your side.

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3 Responses to “On the Road Again, Newark: The Eatery”

  1. Erik said

    I love Shepherd’s pie, and the dessert looks killer. We don’t have a Newark office, but I think I need to put it on my route to another office.

  2. Brock said

    I’m originally from Newark, been in Columbus the last 8 years, and really go downtown when I go back home, but when I saw the sign I immediately yelled Newark. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been there ( probably 15 years at least) but its great. Now I want to go. 2 other local favorites (all though not diners) is Plaza Pizza on the north side, and La Paloma Mexican restaurant in Heath, and the Sopapia Express on the north side. I’m going back next week just for some Pizza.

  3. Anita Lawrence said

    As a child attending Newark City Schools, I remember the delicious Shepard’s Pie served by the school district. This was made by the ladies that cooked for the schools then. I first tasted it at Central Junior High School. If anyone has the recipe that was served by the school district, I would love to have it.

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