The Golden Lamb’s char-grilled bison strip steak with broccoli puree, fingerling potatoes, caramelized sauerkraut, and cabernet jus is one of several entrees on the historic restaurant and hotel’s Fit for Fall Bounty of the Fall Harvest. GOLDEN LAMB / CONTRIBUTED

This Miami Valley restaurant was named ‘Most Iconic’ in the state of Ohio

Drumroll, please. Thrillist has put together a list of “The Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State (and DC),” and Ohio’s happens to be right here in the Miami Valley.

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The Golden Lamb in Lebanon has entertained 12 U.S. presidents.

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Albert Stubbs and his family were photographed in the front of the Lebanon House (now the Golden Lamb) prior to 1909. Stubbs was the owner of the Lebanon House and also served as a Warren County Auditor and Lebanon Mayor. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WARREN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Golden Lamb, located at 27 S. Broadway St. in Lebanon, was picked as the most iconic restaurant, which is not quite the same as the oldest.

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The entrees on the Golden Lamb’s Fit For Fall Bounty of the Fall Harvest menu feature local, seasonal wild game and produce in unique and delicious dishes. GOLDEN LAMB / CONTRIBUTED

Here’s a bit on Thrillist’s methodology: 

“To qualify for this list, a place had to have been around for 30+ years (all have been in business since at least 1980) and still be a crowd favorite. And while some of these restaurants may not have the best food or be tourist-free, they're all famous.”

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Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, campaigned at The Golden Lamb inn and restaurant in Lebanon with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in September 2012. Portman endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich last week. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
Photo: Charles Dharapak

Here’s what Thrillist had to say about the Golden Lamb itself:

“Staking a claim as Ohio's oldest continually operated business, this joint's got some serious history. Located between Cincinnati and the old National Rd, the hotel and restaurant welcomed everyone from railroad workers to 12 presidents, writers like Mark Twain and Chuck Dickens, and everyone in between. More importantly, the food's good. And yes, lamb is served in the ancient, historic joint.”

The Ownly Hotel, photographed around 1915, was purchased by Ownly Furman after the previous owner, Albert Stubbs died in Feb. 1914. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WARREN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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