One of the more unique places to stay in northern Ohio is the Oberlin Inn in Oberlin. The hotel is pretty comfortable, the rstaurant serves very good food, and the town in one of the best walking towns in that part of Ohio.
The campus offers several art galleries as well as many recitals open to the public. They show a wide variety of independent films all school year.
To get back onto the food, they have a wide variety of entrees that are well prepared. It is one of the best restaurants in the county.
Oberlin is located about 12 miles south of the Turnpike on OH-58.
great town, but the OBERLIN INN has taken a downhill turn for food over the years. better to eat at the tasty & creative WEIA TEIA on tappan square. hit THE FEVE for java.
if you time it right there is also a frank lloyd wright house to tour -- every first sat of the month. also, if you have time to stroll around -- the oberlin college campus itself has architecture designed by every mid century starchitect and is really something to behold.
i wonder where the op went? he never reported back. oh well.
On my drive to Chicago from New York, I came upon three places of note not too far from I-80, although none of them are right off the highway:
1) Tony's Danville Sandwich Shop at 222 Main Street in Danville, PA. Tony has passed away, but the sandwich shop continues, and does a very creditable cheesesteak in a small town restaurant with long hours.
2) New Sandusky Fish Company at 235 East Shoreline Drive in Sandusky, OH (419-621-8263) prepares a very enjoyable, very moist fried fish sandwich. I ordered the perch and recommend it. The fries and cole slaw were ordinary.
3) I stumbled upon Romp's which is a small ice cream/custard stand on the west side of Vermillion, OH on Route 6. Romp's serves many flavor custard/ice creams, but they make only one (don't ask me why): orange ice cream, and I can report that it has the strongest orange flavor that I have had in an ice cream, and is very delicious in a tropical freeze (orange, pineapple, coconut and banana).
i'd stop and stay in vermilion or port clinton on lake erie. both are charming lakeside towns in the heart of ohio lake erie vacation country. sit on the deck at CHEZ FRANCOIS and enjoy the marina view in vermilion & visit the great lakes museum next door before you leave. lotsa motels & chow around port clinton, it's by the islands and cedar point.
I'm from Buffalo but no one else seems to have responded in three days so I'll tell you my favorite.
"Tandoor Cuisine Of India" is about 3/4 mile North of I-80 (Ohio Turnpike) on Route 20 (right side) in the South End of Toledo. I've enjoyed both the lunchtime "buffet" and ordering off the menu in the evening on several occasions.
There are numerous motels at this interchange as well if it fits into your travel schedule for an overnight stop.