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Explore your food options

Funcoast • May 13, 2015 at 8:42 AM

Venturing to Sandusky can be quite overwhelming, especially when it comes to choosing where to eat. Most people opt for chain restaurants simply because they know them, love them and they're comfortable with them. But if you truly want to experience what Sandusky has to offer, ditch normal. Below, we'll take you on a taste tour to help you pick out some delicious dining options that you'll love.

New Sandusky Fish Company (RCA Winner)

• 235 East Shoreline Drive, Sandusky

• 419-621-8263

• Carryout

• Summer Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

• Estimated cost per person: under $10

When it comes to perch on the North Coast, Readers’ Choice Award winner New Sandusky Fish Company stands out. Find an array of fried delights like perch, walleye, catfish, shrimp,

hushpuppies and frog legs. There are also hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken wings, french fries and onion rings. A surprising local favorite: the collard greens. It’s also conveniently located near a city park with tables and a gazebo.


Crush Winebar

• 145 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky

• 419-502-9463 or sanduskywinebar.com

• Dine-in

• Hours: 3 p.m.-midnight Wed.-Sat., 3-10 p.m. Sun., closed Mon.-Tue.

• Estimated cost per person: $20 to $35

Whether you want an elegant, low-key evening or a swanky night on the town, this hot destination is perfect. Located in the historic waterfront area, the urbane venue is the second downtown venture by Chef Cesare Avallone and wife Andrea Avallone. In addition to an impressive wine list, it offers an eclectic menu featuring snacks, small plates, shareables and daily dinner features. Start the dining off with crispy duck wings or fried calamari, or dive right into entrees such as a seafood dish,  steak, pork saltimbocca or various pastas.

Water Street Bar & Grille (RCA Winner)

• 101 East Water Street, Sandusky

• 419-621-7330

• Carryout or Dine-in

• Hours: 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m. Mon.-Sun.

• Estimated cost per person: $9-$15

Whether it’s catching a brew after work or taking someone out for a nice dinner, this cozy, upscale-casual establishment has live music and a festive vibe. Exposed brick and stone walls create a perfect atmosphere. Menu-wise, you’ll enjoy upscale bar food (including deli sandwiches) and dinner options like roast beef, crab cakes, quesadillas, New York strip steaks, roasted chicken,

rib eyes and salads. With a great downtown location and a large patio facing the bay, it offers a refined experience for a reasonable price.

Ming’s Garden (RCA Winner)

• 3317 Milan Road, Sandusky

• 419-625-1388

• Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. noon-9 p.m.

• Estimated cost per person: $5-$9

For over 30 years Ming’s Garden has been a popular and affordable choice among locals and vacationers. In fact, the venue likes to boast best food in town, which is why it attracts generation after generation of customers.


One thing that makes Ming’s Garden unique is its wide variety of selections. Take for instance its soups, which range from Wonton to Go-Ba and San-Sien. Its dinner menu includes many flavors of chicken-based entrees as well as the popular roast duck. There’s also lo mein (soft noodle) and chow mein fun (rice noodles), and beef, seafood and pork options.


Berardi’s Family Kitchen (RCA Winner)

• 1019 Perkins Ave., Sandusky

• 419-626-4592

• Carryout or Dine-in

• Hours: Mon.-Sat. 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

• Estimated cost per person: $10

For nearly 70 years, Berardi’s Family Kitchen has offered the Go Coast memorable American cuisine in a family-friendly environment. It’s known for its fresh-cut french fries and great homemade meals at affordable prices. You can start salivating now with its menu boasting breakfast delights such as shredded beef hash and sausage gravy over biscuits to belgian waffles and omelets galore.


As far as lunch and dinner is concerned, perhaps you’ve never had french fries as a side for Italian dishes but you’ll be tempted at Berardi’s Family Kitchen where lasagna, spaghetti and eggplant parmesan rule. There are also plenty of salads, burgers, perch and more options to cater to any appetite. And if you’re looking for a wedding rehearsal dinner or a large group of people, the Bella Rosa Banquet Room holds up to 50 people comfortably.


Chet & Matt’s Pizza (RCA Winner)

• 1013 E. Strub Road, Sandusky

• 419-626-6000

• Carryout or Dine-in

• Hours: Mon.- Sat. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. (Fri. and Sat. until 11 p.m.); Sun. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

• Estimated cost per person: $9-$15

If there’s a game you want to catch, Chet & Matt’s Pizza is the place to be with its fun atmosphere. The independently owned establishment, which opened in 1996, combines a sports bar mentality with a family-friendly vibe. Inside, you’ll find local and regional sports memorabilia, big screen TVs, video games and tons of interesting collectables. Outside there’s the regulation high school goal post and the genuine electronic scoreboard that tracks the game of the day.


Food-wise, the menu targets the pizza lover with specialty pies including the hot wing and cheddar, chicken alfredo and taco pizza to conventional toppings and more. There’s also a healthy (relatively speaking) number of sub and sandwich options, salads and pasta dishes. In addition, the RCA winning Chet & Matt’s Pizza offers pizza, wings and brunch buffets.

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