From Our Editors
For more than 90 years, Red Wells has filled stomach vacancies with a streamlined menu of roast-beef recipes that date back three generations. Diners clasp fingers around a classic roast-beef sandwich ($4.59) or paint sauce murals on tongues with a barbecue-beef sandwich ($3.09). Forks sink like cement submarines into the bountiful roast-beef-and-mashed-potato dinner ($5.87), and belly growls turn to purrs after meeting the beef-and-noodle platter accompanied by a roll ($3.94). Built in 1836, Red Wells boasts historical significance as a former stagecoach stop and the current titleholder of Lucas County’s oldest commercial building. According to the eatery’s lore, Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant once visited the premises, but became disgruntled after realizing the restaurant’s root-beer floats ($4.39) hadn’t been invented yet.