Waynesville, Ohio is one of those adorable towns where you feel as though you have stepped back in time, and the Hammel House Inn–one of its most historic attractions– takes you back even further. Dating back to 1817, it’s a darling little 5 room inn that also houses a fantastic restaurant open to the public.
Now typically, I like to research where I am going ahead of time to get a better idea of my dining options, so I hopped on TripAdvisor.com, where I found nothing but great reviews. Among those were a number of shining references to the Inn’s Sweet Cream Sugar Biscuit Strawberry Shortcake. I made a note.
Hammel House’s regular menu featured a little bit of everything–appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers and a handful of daily specials. We ordered the soup of the day, tomato fennel bisque, and it was fabulous. There were big chunks of tomato with just a hint of fennel. Deciding on a main course wasn’t as easy, but we finally opted for the Breckenridge BLT, which included bacon, lettuce, tomato, cream cheese, remoulade sauce, and Fuji apples. It was very good. It could have used a tad more sauce (as the sauce was very tasty), but the flavor of the apples combined with the bacon on the crusty, fresh bread was delicious.
We also ordered one of the best fried chicken sandwiches I have ever had. The chicken breast was plump and moist, rolled in buttermilk, lightly breaded in corn meal and fried. The sweet bun that accompanied it was substantial, but not overpowering. I didn’t leave a crumb. We paired our dishes with their broccoli slaw, which was just okay for me, and their potato casserole, which was very good.
Finally, it was time for the piece de resistance…that strawberry dessert I’d heard so much about! To put it briefly, I may have had a religious experience. It was absolutely enormous and easily enough for two. The sugar biscuit (there were actually two–one at the bottom of the dish and another propped on the side for presentation) melted in my mouth. My request for the recipe was sadly denied, but a whopping scoop of vanilla ice cream, some sort of strawberry sauce, fresh strawberries and fresh whipped cream were the gist of the ingredients. We destroyed it! The Inn’s other signature desserts were a coconut crème pie and Ghirardelli “Oh So” Chocolate Pie. I’ll be going back soon to conquer those too!
So, to put a long, delicious story short: a quaint dining atmosphere, plenty of options, and some crazy good desserts make Waynesville’s Hammel House Inn a must-try!
Please note that the restaurant is only open for lunch during the week and Sunday evening dinners. I’d hate to have you visit, only to find the doors locked. Especially when you consider their delicious menu offerings!