Three generations of Watts have kept this family style restaurant going since 1911. Their known far and wide for fresh fried chicken they describe as “slowly simmered, then battered with my Grandmother’s recipe and deep fried golden brown.” There’s also mashed potatoes and homemade gravy, fresh baked ham and raisin sauce, slow roasted pork and beef. Homemade meringue pies are standard fair including butterscotch, banana, and coconut cream pies – but these sell out quickly so if you’re driving far, call ahead and tell them to save you a piece. Sure there are other items on this menu but the stars of this show are the dishes that seem straight out of your grandma’s kitchen. Sit with the locals at the long diner, take a booth or if you’re feeling fancy, eat in the dining room.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Ye Olde (Utica) Mill where Velvet Ice Cream is made, 1/2 mile down the road and definitely worth a stop. Utica is located in the gently rolling hills of Licking County and its a nice drive in any season.