Sandi's Village Cafe warms customers with house coffee, lattes, and cappuccinos in flavors such as french vanilla. To complement the beverages—which also include chai tea—the staff serves breakfast food such as cinnamon rolls and later-day eats such as paninis and salads. To end things on a sweet note, customers can order butterscotch sundaes or ice-cream cones with one of the cafe's seasonal flavors.
Peggy Dennis and Mark Kohn transformed the historic Oak Harbor Hotel, while retaining the well-known façade's historic charm. But inside the duo refurbished the guts by restoring the century-old hardwood floors and hanging glittering chandeliers. They remodeled the dining room to house their restaurant – which serves a variety of locally grown produce and locally raised meats. They also renamed the venue to The Beekeeper Inn, a nod to their own passion for apiculture. Together they run the banquet hall and restaurant, taking breaks in their day to tend the family farm, harvest honey, or net a new swarm of bees. Mark even uses the Inn's upstairs space as a Krav Maga practice studio to teach self defense classes.
Bay Bell's savvy chefs serve up breakfast and dinner menus of casual new American cuisine in a quaint bayside restaurant located a relatively short drive from Cedar Point amusement park. Embark on morning journeys until 1 p.m. with the captain's breakfast featuring a crew of home fries, steak, two eggs, and deck-swabbing toast ($8.25), or chow on sweet hot cakes or french toast ($2.75–$3.75). During dinner, diners can construct custom pizza creations ($5+) with help from a mélange of toppings ($.50 each) and a chef wearing a hardhat. Flex jaws between bites of the meatball sub ($6) or perch sandwich ($6), all washed down with an iced tea ($1.75).
Nagoya Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi's well-traveled owners, Mel and Barb Ayers, unite the culinary artistry of Japan with chefs selected from around America for their talents and showmanship. The result—set in a convivial restaurant with an outdoor patio and tableside hibachi grills—draws a bridge between the artistic elegance of Japanese cuisine and the family-friendly atmosphere of an American steakhouse. Meats sizzle on hibachi grills as chefs perform knife and spatula tricks for dazzled onlookers, who must refrain from leaning in too close lest a tower of onions suddenly catches fire. The spectacular dance of flames results in entrees of filet mignon, sea scallops, and lobster tails, all of which pair nicely with sushi such as a crab-filled california roll or a Volcano roll drizzled with fresh magma.
Cooker Bar & Grille's staff brings hearty, beloved bar fare to its diners, rolling out a collection of burgers and sandwiches, along with regional specialties. In addition to a wide array of beer and wine, housemade cocktails complement otherwise liquorless meals as diners sip within the restaurant's welcoming café ambiance decked in twinkling lights and checkered tile flooring. When not bellied up to the gleaming black bar, guests can step outside to dine on the expansive patio, which seats up to 70 guests and is perfect for people-watching or telepathic cloud-controlling.
Chefs at Siam Orchid spice a diverse menu of curries, noodles, and stir-fries with traditional Thai specialties for lunch and dinner. The Fisherman's Treasure casts a wide net noon ($7.95) and night ($13.95), reeling in a medley of sautéed seafood and vegetables onto tables, while the tofu tamarind’s stir-fried mix of pineapple and tomato adds tangy sweetness to plates ($6.95, lunch; $10.95, dinner). Country-style pad thai spouts an old, faithful spring of noodles, bean sprouts, shrimp, and chicken whose authentic, fiery flavor tickles taste buds twice daily ($7.95, lunch; $10.95, dinner). Dexterous hands prepare the boneless, roasted, half-duck dinners three mouthwatering ways: fried crispy with chili sauce, glazed in tamarind-and-ginger sauce, or smothered in Siam curry ($16.95).
A family business since 1963, Star Lanes resonates with the boom of bowling balls colliding with pins on 24 automatic lanes. The alley's sunny yellow facility bustles with bowlers of all ages during daily open-bowling sessions and ripples with upbeat music during weekend Glow and Bowl sessions. An onsite pro shop outfits players with shoes, balls, and bags, and champion-bowler coaches Jeff and John Lizzi equip players with the techniques to master a grandfather clock's perfect pendulum swing. The venue also houses a bar with refreshments and a lengthy menu of specialty pizzas and sandwiches. Leagues for men, women, couples, and seniors practice in the alley throughout the week.