Eating is necessary for human survival, along with breathing, sleeping, and remaining still while a curious velociraptor rummages through your closet. Practice survival tactics with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of American fare at Red Gables Mesquite Grill in Sandusky.
The grill gurus at Red Gables toss tender slabs of steak, pork chops, and poultry over a mesquite fire, forming a menu that also makes room for fresh seafood. For an opening act, play the part of a gluttonous pirate with crab-stuffed shrimp without being required to share with a demanding parrot ($10.95). Carnivorous courses of mesquite-grilled Certified Angus Beef include juicy filet mignon in cuts ranging from a petite 6 ounces ($26.95) to a 10-ounce king-sized slice ($38.95). Pork chops make a claim to fame as Dan Aykroyd’s favorite ($18.95), and a rack of baby back ribs infuse taste buds with as much smoky western personality as a cowboy stuck in a chimney ($25.95). The maritime portion of the menu trawls the world's seas to deliver a pound of Alaskan king-crab legs ($44.95) or a South African cold-water lobster tail ($35.95). To end the meal, diners can indulge in seasonal house-made cakes and pies from the dessert menu.
Evening light filtered through abundant wild greenery pours into Red Gables' simply furnished dining room, topping off plates with drops of delicious sunset extract. Built as a truck stop in the 1930s, the building lays claim to a rich history laced with trucking lore and visits from Al Capone's gang. Today, chef Jamie Pribanic culls his produce from local farms, neighborhood cattle herds, and the Sandusky Bay farmers' market whenever possible, and is deeply involved with local sustainability efforts.
Red Gables Mesquite Grill
In the 1930s, a glimpse inside the brick building at 2350 Cleveland Road might have revealed Al Capone and his associates sipping coffee in the midst of a tense conversation. These days, though, the atmosphere inside Red Gables Mesquite Grill is relaxed and intimate, with white tablecloths and the scent of a mesquite fire drifting through the air. Over that fire, chef Jamie Pribanic grills Certified Black Angus steaks that he claims are the finest in the world. The Plain Dealer writer Debbi Snook stopped by to taste them herself, and came away impressed: “The medium-cooked rib-eye instantly became one of my all-time favorites”, she wrote. “Hearty structure but tender chew, pepper-rubbed, vaguely charred and whispering of cowboy terrain.”
The seafood at this grill is no afterthought. Diners can slurp oysters flown in fresh from Cape Cod, dip steamed Alaskan King Crab legs into drawn butter, or slice into the crimson flesh of wild Chinook salmon. Pours of wine or beer and a slew of house-made desserts complete the dining experience.
2350 Cleveland Rd.
Sandusky, Ohio 44870