Sara Williams serves up a customer’s order at Clifton Mill. Bill Lackey/Staff

Need a place to eat? These 5 area restaurants should be part of your plans

Every area has a sampling of places to eat that might not always been top of mind.

Have you eaten at these area hot spots?

Pancakes as big as your head with a scenic view of the rushing water surrounding the mill — and did we mention the three million Christmas light display during the holidays? This local eatery is tucked away just off of State Route 72 and takes its visitors back to a simpler time in history.

This little log cabin restaurant has been serving Springfield for more than 70 years. Walk inside, and you’ll feel like you’re in someone’s home right next to a cozy fireplace. Located just outside of downtown, the restaurant specializes in pizza and creating an atmosphere for the whole family.

Mike and Rosy’s has been a favorite of Wittenberg students and sports fans for decades. Patrons can chow down on homemade sandwiches in the restaurant or go upstairs to Mike and Rosy’s Press Box bar to enjoy a beer and a game. Any way you slice it, this deli brings people back for more.

Looking for an upscale dining experience? Cecil and Lime serves up seafood and steak with a side of classical music played on a grand piano in one of the dining rooms. The neighborhood restaurant has been in business for close to 15 years.

This 50’s-style soda shop sits right in the heart of downtown Springfield. Chili-topped coney dogs, homemade milkshakes and crater-sized baked potatoes are such a few of the staples on the menu. Fountain on Main accommodates the fast-paced schedules of downtown’s workforce with quick service and a full-service soda fountain.