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Paying homage to the innkeeper-blacksmiths of colonial America, Smedlap’s Smithy Restaurant and Tavern slings out a full menu of upscale American cuisine in a traditional by-the-forge setting. Dinner begins with portobello mushroom fries ($8.49) or a crock of wisconsin beer cheese soup to slurp noisily ($3.99) while expert foodsmiths hammer out a plethora of juicy proteins on anvils of unadulterated flavor. Elegant entrees such as pecan-encrusted chicken ($14.99) and pasta jambalaya ($14.99) strut through the dining room followed by tender 12-ounce New York strip and Delmonico steaks ($21.99–$23.99) and a steady stream of half-pound Angus beef patties, fresh lake perch, salmon filets, and chicken breast socked between slices of bread and bun. Smedlap’s Smithy whips up a stripped-down lunch menu to stave off the midday munchies with soups, salads, and burgers, such as the scrappy Black and Blue with Cajun seasoning and melted blue cheese crumbles ($8.49) or the ultra-lean bison burger ($7.99), and the full bar can pair all entrees with a variety of lovely libations for lunch, dinner, or the secret meal in between.
Operating out of a defunct smithy, the dining room at Smedlap’s Smithy retains that old forge feeling with its brick walls, wagon wheels, mounted smith tools, and a band of horses waiting to be shoed.
Smedlap's Smithy Restaurant and Tavern
Pioneer and entrepreneur Smedlap Effingtas famously forged a trail into the West, brewed his own secret moonshine, drove a general mad, and won a fair maiden's heart as a stowaway. But his most memorable contribution to the world turned out to be his descendants. Generations after Smedlap's heyday, his kin opened a restaurant to honor the memory of their infamous ancestor, instead of conducting a seance. After nearly 30 years in business, ownership was passed to Jim Favorite and his family, who had blazed a trail West in the footsteps of Smedlap.
After years of working in the steak-house business, Favorite snatched up the opportunity to transform a local institution into his dream restaurant. Though he and his chefs changed the menu a bit, he made sure to preserve some of the beloved traditions, such as the two-story slide behind the hostess stand. The overhauled menu includes a varied blend of dishes, from lake perch to lean burgers decked out with a dozen possible cheeses. Though broad, the menu's focus remains the steak, with choice cuts served on a plank and drizzled in peppercorn sauce.
205 Farnsworth Rd.
Waterville, Ohio 43566Get Directions