Dear Hounds, many many thanks. I would have loved to have taken advantage of all of your suggestions, but often they were a little too out of the way, or after having eaten a good breakfast, we were passing by the barbeque place at 10:00 AM. I am keeping the recs though, as my present junior may be going to college in a year and a half out there....
Anyway, I will let you know what I found. Probably the best meal of the trip was in Oberlin, at Weia Teia. Major amazing, tasty, delicious and gorgeously presented food. Described as "Thai fusion" I can only say this place is not to be missed. Gorgeous salads with wonderful sesame vinaigrettes, handcut sweet potato fries in a lightly fried won ton basket, delicious 5 spice duck and steak as well, fabulous grilled salmon. We split a desert of chocolate torte infused with orange and raspberry - yum!
In Cleveland, for my birthday, we went to Sergio's Sarava. After multiple heart stopping twists and turns and various wrong ways to get there (not so near downtown after all) we found this lovely, warm restaurant at University circle. Great sangria, nice, fresh briny oysters, delcious salads (we chose 3 different ones) and great fejoiada. For dessert, both the flan and the coconut butter cake were scrumptious. In Wooster, Matsos was pretty good for lunch - lots of artery clogging cheesy type entrees that were tasty. In Granville, a delicious village coffee place made some of the best sandwiches of the trip, with great honey wheat bread and fresh sliced thick turkey pieces. Next door, Whits is not to be missed for homemade frozen custard. In Mt Vernon, Susie's sweet and spicy was great for takeout asian noodles, dumplings, hot and sour soup, asian slaw, asian greens and kimchee, all for 7.50! She had many dessert selections as well.
Yayadave, I did get to the Iron Bridge Inn on the way home for lunch - thanks so much! Absolutely the best burgers around to be sure.
All of the other suggestions I hope to try next time, and many, many thanks from this Boston hound!!!