A good time was had by all on our recent visit to Ohio to hear daughter Miriam's Junior Recital at Oberlin Conservatory (she sang like an angel). As a bonus, I found that little 'ol Oberlin (pop. under 10K) has several very good places to satisfy the chow urge.
We hit town about 8pm (5pm stomach-time) and Mim directed us to The Feve, a typical college-town spot. I had the burger, Elise was very happy to find vegan items on the menu as she is milk-allergic (not lactose-intolerant, she can't eat anything with any trace of cow's milk, butter, etc--although, interestingly she has found that she CAN eat sheep's cheese). The fries with my burger had various options, I chose the Buffalo fries (drenched in the hot sauce used for Buffalo wings). Tasty but way too damp & slimy for my taste. We had several meals at The Feve & they were all tasty.
The next morning we visited the Black River Cafe for breakfast. The pancakes were absolutely perfect--thick, light, golden--I had mine with raspberries cooked in. Served with maple syrup, heaven. The sausage links, on the other hand, appear to be supermarket breakfast links, very boring. btw, Elise had the vegan version of the pancakes, & I was really impressed with them--also light and golden, perfectly raised.
In the evening we headed to Weia Teia for dinner. This is the local upscale spot--trendy decor, which worried me a bit (needlessly). The menu is Asian. I had seared salmon with a ginger curry sauce and the flavors were nicely balanced. The fish was a bit overdone for my taste--I like seared salmon to be not-quite-cooked in the very center. For all the decor and the beautiful presentation, the prices were quite reasonable, the 4 of us were out the door for about $70 (no wine).
Location note: Oberlin is really a small town, all of the above are within a hundred yards of each other, in the little, basically one-black downtown.