Nominations are in and the final ballot is set. Now it’s time to vote for your absolute favorite local businesses on the back page of this week's Funcoast.com magazine or online. Each week until the voting ends on Feb. 20, Funcoast.com will highlight all three nominees in each category. This week we’re taking a look at Best Perch, Best Hamburger, Best Pizza, Best Fries, Best Sub Sandwich, Best Margarita, Best Wings, Best Tacos, Best Coffee, Best Place for Ice Cream, Best Place to Watch the Game, Best Happy Hour and Best Wine Selection/Winery.
• New Sandusky Fish Co.
235 E. Shoreline Dr., Sandusky
The New Sandusky Fish Co. is located downtown Sandusky, right on the water by shoreline park. They offer lake Erie perch, frog legs, hush puppies, large cut French fries and much more. You can grab a bite to eat and then head outside to the picnic tables and enjoy the food. But you'll have to wait 'til spring because they are currently closed for the winter.
• Sandusky Yacht Club
529 E. Water St., Sandusky
The Sandusky Yacht Club has a wide range of delicious food, but according to manager Penny Williams "the perch is the number one menu item." It is also the number one item requested for reunions and parties. Sound good? Just remember you must be a member to enjoy all that this club has to offer.
• Sortino's 800 Club
1202 Sycamore Line, Sandusky
(Also nominated in Best Wine Selection/Winery)
Sortino's 800 Club offers good food, drinks and great service. The 800 Club's beer and wine selection is impressive, and the old world setting makes it a great place to watch the game, bring the family for some dinner or just come have a few drinks with friends and eat some peanuts. The 800 Club has two floors and a large outdoor deck, pool tables, air hockey and more.
324 W. Perkins Ave., Sandusky
Hungry? Like, right now? Wendy's is the place to go. For those of you who don't want to wait, rest assured - Wendy's on Perkins Avenue has got the fastest drive-thru (and the best burgers) in town. Don't believe it? General manager Lori Kennedy invites you to stop on by.
• Old Dutch
2219 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky
If you've ever been here on burger night, then you know what all the fuss is about. They'll put just about anything on a burger, and that's a good thing. As long as you keep coming in, they'll keep giving you the great food, service and atmosphere that you crave.
• Max & Erma’s
(Also nominated in Best Hamburger)
4318 Milan Road, Sandusky
Max & Erma’s knows burgers (gourmet or otherwise) just as well as customer service. Life-sized relics such as rowboats, automobiles and bathtubs are scattered throughout, and the artifacts adorning the walls are true to the area's roots. With lunch and dinner served daily and their famous breakfast served Sundays (summer only), Max & Erma’s keeps folks happy. The lengthy drink menu doesn’t hurt, either.
702 W. Monroe St., Sandusky
With locations all over the area, you'll never be far away from some of the best pizza around. The dough and sauce are made fresh daily, and with a wide variety of toppings, you'll always get exactly what you want.
• Chet & Matt's
1013 E. Strub Road, Sandusky
Sports fans and non-sports fans alike agree that Chet & Matt's pizza is a winner (especially since you can order it in the shape of a football). Whether you're picking off of their specialty menu or creating something from your own imagination, your taste buds won't be disappointed.
• Danny Boy’s Italian Eatery
6207 Milan Road, Sandusky
If you’re looking for top-notch Italian fare, be it a pizza, sub or a more traditional dish, Danny Boy’s has it all—with excellent service to boot. A family restaurant with a twist—the walls are decorated with memorabilia commemorating the Rat Pack and notorious historical figures like Al Capone—Danny Boy’s offers indoor and outdoor seating and live entertainment year-round.
1019 W. Perkins Ave., Sandusky
In the mood for something homemade, hearty and altogether delicious? Then check out Berardi's for some of the freshest fries you'll ever taste. In fact, they're so fresh that they've been garnering praise since they were served at Cedar Point in 1939. Stop in and get a taste of local history.
• Cheers Sports Bar & Grill
4314 Milan Road #505, Sandusky
(Also nominated in Best Wings, Best Place to Watch the Game and Best Beer Selection)
This gets thrown around anytime there's a bar named “Cheers,” but it really is great to go to a place where everybody knows your name. Not only are you going to get attentive and friendly service, you'll also get great food. It's no wonder they're nominated in three categories this year.
908 W. Perkins Ave., Sandusky
Everyone knows that McDonald's knows fries. Fortunately for us, they know great customer service and quality, as well. General manager Denise Stang is thrilled with her friendly, hardworking staff - and so are their regular customers, whose faces show up at least two to three times a week. The kids will be happy, too — there's a PlayPlace, which is also available for birthday parties!
Best Sub Sandwich
414 W. Perkins Ave., Sandusky
Some things just belong together — like Quizno's fresh, hand-picked ingredients and an oven. Their unique toasting process allows the specially chosen meats, cheeses, vegetables and sauces work together, intensifying as they're heated. This enhances the natural flavor of each ingredient, offering you one of the area's most flavorful sandwiches.
609 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky
Perhaps you recognize the name from its “five dollar foot long” fame. In addition to great prices that will leave both you and your wallet happy, Subway gives you options — a menagerie of toppings, served cold, served toasted… the list goes on. Stop in and indulge in an old favorite or try something new from their always-expanding menu.
• Costa Azul
2109 Cleveland Road, Huron
Any place that you can get at 20 oz. margarita is a good place to be, and Costa Azul is no exception. In addition to the classic lime margarita, they also offer their own margarita made with Sauza Hornitos and Blue Curacao.
• Casa Fiesta
(Also nominated in Best Tacos and Best Margarita)
1007 Perkins Ave., Sandusky
As a staple of the best taco and best margarita categories, it’s no wonder Casa Fiesta is nominated this year in the new best Mexican restaurant category. With an extensive menu (including a “descriptions for the gringos” section) and fresh food prepared daily, it’s hard to miss at this casa.
(Also nominated in Best Place to Eat Outdoors and Best Margarita)
212 Fremont Ave., Sandusky
An area favorite, Margaritaville is especially popular in the warm-weather months, when you can enjoy a margarita — or any other choice drink — on the huge outdoor patio with a scenic view. Even after being closed for a few months for renovation following an electrical fire, this place is still at the top of readers’ hearts in a couple of categories.
• Brass Pelican
414 W. Perkins Ave., Sandusky
For some wings that you won't want to miss, head out to the Brass Pelican every Sunday and Wednesday. With 41 different sauces to choose from, it's any wing-lover's dream. The Brass serves up variety of atmosphere too, offering a cozy, more traditional barroom and, for the pool sharks, a room of billiard tables.
• Buffalo Wild Wings
814 Crossings Road, Sandusky
(Also nominated in Best Place to Watch the Game)
With 50 TVs located throughout BW3s, you'll get the full game day experience while you snack on their famous wings. And since they're open late (until 2 a.m. daily except Sundays), you'll always have a great place to go for that midnight snack.
• East Side Café
1319 First St., Sandusky
Just in case you can't wait until the next week for it to come back, East Side Cafe has two taco nights. Tuesdays and Fridays starting at 6 p.m. you can swing by the East Side Cafe and get your taco fix.
4201 Milan Road, Sandusky
Even if you haven't been to the new Qdoba yet, you've probably heard people talking about it. With fresh ingredients and outrageously gigantic burritos, you won't be hungry for days after stopping by.
• Mr. Smith's Coffee House
140 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
Mr. Smith's Coffee House is a great local coffee shop and has a large variety of coffees and snacks to choose from. Mr. Smith's is a fun and relaxed place to get your favorite cup of coffee and sit back and read a book or get online and do some web surfing. The owners are excited to be the only local coffee house to make it on the ballot and hope to see you soon.
4912 Milan Road, Sandusky
To put it simply, the folks at Starbucks want you to know that they rock. They're willing to make your day by providing excellent beverages and tasty treats. On top of that, you really can't beat a drive-thru, especially when you're craving your morning buzz.
• Dunkin' Donuts
Even though they don't have an actual store here in Sandusky, people love picking up their coffee at gas stations and super markets. Like Starbucks, this brand is powerful (and for a good reason; the coffee's fabulous).
Best Place for Ice Cream
• Cobbs Drive In
631 Tiffin Ave., Sandusky
Cobb's Drive-In has foot-long hot dogs, sloppy joes and cheeseburgers, but they are really known for their ice cream. Any day during the summer you can find a line of people waiting to get a scoop. And if you don't want to get out of your car, you don't have to; just pull around and order from your seat. Cobbs is closed during the winter so make sure you stop by this spring when they open.
• Cold Stone Creamery
4912 Milan Road, Sandusky
What's Cold Stone's secret ingredient? Love, actually. Where else can you get cake batter-flavored ice cream? With Starbucks right next door, you can satisfy all your taste needs in one spot.
3717 Venice Road, Sandusky
Got a craving for ice cream? Toft's offers many flavors in its old-school cafeteria-style parlor, as well as more elaborate creations for the ice cream connoisseur. With manager Glen Bango boasting the “best value for the dollar,” you can be sure you'll walk out satisfied.
Best Place to Watch the Game
• Cabana Jacks
202 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
(Also nominated in Best Place for Karaoke)
Cabana Jacks is in historic Sandusky and is one of the premiere downtown bars. They have a wide range of entertainment from live bands to karaoke. Cabana's has a large beer selection you can enjoy while feeling like your're on an island vacation.
Best Happy Hour
104 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
(Also nominated in Best Beer Selection)
Daly's Irish Pub is also in downtown Sandusky, right across from the State Theatre. Daly's has a good beer selection and is a great place to grab a drink after a hard day. Daly's has a friendly staff and can't wait to see you for happy hour.
• The Pump Bar & Grill
4024 Hayes Ave., Sandusky
(Also nominated in Best Beer Selection and Best Place for Karaoke)
Whether you're there for the 75 cent tacos on Monday, the beer or the company, you really can't go wrong at this local favorite.
(Also nominated in Best Happy Hour and Best View of the Waterfront)
701 E. Water St., Sandusky
Their waterfront views (for which they are also nominated) make this a great place to take a date. Sit and watch the boats come in at the Battery Park Marina or check out the coasters going by at Cedar Point. Make sure you get a window seat if you want the full-on romantic evening.
Best Wine Selection/Winery
• Firelands Winery
917 Bardshar Road, Sandusky
Reigning as both the largest and oldest winery in the area, it's clear that Firelands Winery takes its job seriously. The pioneer in establishing European Vinifera grape varieties in the East, Firelands gives you a reason to come and experience the wine that comes from grapes in your own backyard. Come taste some local varieties with your sweetheart or a bunch of friends — the winery provides a special sit-down tasting room for large parties.
• Hermes Vineyard
6413 Hayes Ave., Sandusky
When you take a sip of wine at Hermes Vineyard, you can be sure that everything that went into that sip was produced there. In addition to the wide (and somewhat surprising) selection of wines that the Vineyard offers, they also provide a great setting for entertainment, which is why they have acoustic musicians playing every Friday and Saturday nights.