Cambridge City Eateries

By Mike Bennett

A brand-new restaurant in a historic building is helping cement Cambridge City’s status as a culinary destination in Wayne County.

The town of about 1,900 has more than half a dozen popular eateries that are easily reachable within 20 minutes from Richmond, Connersville and New Castle.

The new No. 9 Grill adds to a mix of popular eateries such as Lakeview, Lumpy’s, the Briar-Pitte and El Cazador — and to “sweeteries” like the Pour House and Hilltop Drive-In.

The restaurants have the clock covered with meals. Lumpy’s is open at 6 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m. The Pour House specializes in soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch and its trademark fudges. Lakeview offers fine dining for lunch and dinner. Hilltop is the ice-cream shop that is packed most evenings with people dining on burgers and tenderloins.

The Briar-Pitte has been renovated into a family restaurant from the old Silver Dollar Lounge and serves lunch and dinner. No. 9 Grill is open daily for lunch and dinner. It features a roomy setting with booths, tables and lots of televisions, making it similar to a sports bar. Families are very welcome here, though. It has moderately-priced dinner options that include steaks, chicken, salads and pasta dishes.

The restaurant, located in the former Rhim’s Grocery Store, often is filled on weekend nights, necessitating waits. After six months of operation, that indicates things are being done right. That bears out with many positive reviews and comments on the Internet and by word-of-mouth from customers about the dishes, decor, service and spaciousness.