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Savor the flavors in Ohio’s college towns B Y B E C K Y L I N H A R DT Ohio University students enjoy the food and ambiance at Della Zona in Athens YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A STUDENT to appreciate the great food in Ohio’s small college towns. Unique restaurants with attentive owners often seek local sources for their food, understand the differ- ence between vegetarian and vegan, develop great ethnic cuisine, and are willing to adjust what’s on their menu to fit your di- etary preferences and needs. Here are a few of those great places. Enjoy! changes based on what’s available at her sister’s farm and other local sources. Fluff has gooey breakfast goodies and amazingly light scones, but Kopelwitz balances the offer- ings with savory items such as big, fresh bagel breakfast sandwiches and her peppery red beet salad. For a touch of the exotic, color- ful Restaurant Salaam offers Athens/Ohio University Surrounded by small farms and supporting a regionally impor- tant Farmers Market, Abrio’s Brick Oven, Casa Nueva (see page 14) and the Athens commu- nity have embraced the “locavore” food movement in a big way. The 30 Mile Meal web listing promotes restaurants that source most of their food from farms and dairies within 30 miles of Athens. Can’t get to the Farmers Market during market hours? Stop by the Undercover Market at the Village Bakery and Café to pick up a quart of organic milk and a loaf of fresh brick-oven baked bread. Della Zona next door offers brick- oven pizza on the weekends. “Life Is Fun, Eat It Up” is the motto at Fluff Bakery, where Jes- sica Kopelwitz decides on seasonal 30 COUNTRY LIVING • SEPTEMBER 2011 Find alfresco dining on the streets of Granville. (Photo by Gary Chisolm) North African, Middle Eastern and Indian dishes, many flavored with special herbs from chef Hi- larie Burhans’ rooftop garden. Even kitschy O’Betty’s Red Hot Dogs and Sausages uses local sources for casings and fillings. And as a bonus, O’Betty’s Hot Dog Museum is a hoot. Granville/Denison University While the weather is warm, you will find lots of alfresco dining along Broadway, Granville’s main street, where the wide sidewalks provide a comfortable outdoor venue well into October. Enjoy the view from above on the balcony at Brews, where their artisan beer list is extensive and the burgers, pizza and salads are way better than nor- mal bar food. Nearby, the Broad- way Pub offers more upscale entrées such as Lemon Pepper Salmon and Bourbon Chicken. Denison alumni will be de- lighted to know that Granville’s longtime landmark, Aladdin’s, has reopened. The new owners have freshened the diner décor and the menu using more local products. Breakfast is made special with their wonderful big-as-a-plate blueberry pancakes. Sweet stops include Goumas’ Candyland’s yummy chocolates, the amazing Granville Whoopie Pies (like Little Debbies on steroids) and Whit’s Frozen Cus- tard. Whit’s makes its yummy cus- tards fresh daily starting at 4 a.m., opening at 5:30 to offer 50-cent coffee and oversized muffins for $1