RCAs: Best of Food & Drink (part 2)

From cheap eats and Best Mexican to coffee and donuts, we've got the best right here.
Apr 20, 2012

From cheap eats and Best Mexican to coffee and donuts, we've got the best right here.

Best Coffeehouse
Mr. Smith’s Coffee House
•HOURS: 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat.; after Apr. 15, Sun. hours will be 9 a.m.-2 or 3 p.m.
•WHERE: 140 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
•INFO: 419-625-6885 or mrsmithscoffee.com
Owned and managed by Trent and Sara Beard, Mr. Smith’s has that small town
coziness paired with big city culture (just take a look at all the great local artwork featured on their walls).
Located in the heart of downtown Sandusky, this coffeehouse was once a silent movie
theater. It offers tons of great coffee choices like the Café Caramel, Mocha Latte, Triple Mocha Swirl and more. Hungry? They’ve got a stellar menu, featuring sandwiches, wraps, paninis, muffins, cookies and strudels, to name a few. They’ve always got daily deals going on,
which you can find at the counter or on
Best Mexican Restaurant
Casa Fiesta
•WHEN: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat.-Sun. (Sandusky); 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.-Thur., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. (Norwalk)
•WHERE: 1007 W. Perkins Ave., Sandusky and 344 Milan Ave., Norwalk
•INFO: 419-609-0875 (Sandusky) and 419-660-8085 (Norwalk)
If you’re looking for an authentic Mexican meal without emptying your wallet, you’ll love Casa Fiesta. It offers a huge selection of true Mexican eats for reasonable prices. The restaurants offer full lunch and dinner menus and the portion sizes are just right. Not only is the food good, but the drinks have gotten rave reviews as well. Try a margarita (frozen or on the rocks) in an assortment of flavors, including original lime, raspberry, strawberry, mango, banana or peach. You can get a regular glass, half pitcher or full pitcher to share amongst friends — or not.
Best Cheap Eats
Eats ‘n’ Treats
•HOURS: 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 3-11 p.m. Sun.
•WHERE: 2315 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky
•INFO: 419-624-1118
This busy little restaurant offers lots of feel-good food. It’s no wonder the place was voted Best Cheap Eats — the prices are great. A hot dog costs $1.50, a hamburger $2.75, nachos for $1.95 and loaded French fries cost $3.50. Other items include shredded chicken and sloppy joe sandwiches, BLTs, onion rings and more. As far as desserts are concerned, an ice cream cone is $2.25, slushes are $1.50, funnel cakes are $1.75 and shakes, malts and floats are all just $2 — and these are just a few of the options.
Best Donut
Jolly Donut
•HOURS: 6 a.m.-2 p.m. daily
•WHERE: 2815 Milan Road, Sandusky
•INFO: 419-626-6071
Choosing from 30 different donut varieties is one tough feat, but one we’re willing to endure. That’s what Jolly Donut in Sandusky offers, among lots of other mouth-watering food options like cinnamon rolls, bagels, muffins and more. The best selling donuts are the classic glazed donuts (no surprise there), along with the popular blueberry donuts, which aren’t always available but sell fast when they are. Donuts sell for $5.50-5.75 a dozen.




Casa Real is 1000 times better than Casa Fiesta. Also...Eats N Treats is not very good...probably why it's cheap. I want to know how to vote for these because I feel like these business's are paying someone to be listed here.

Ashley Bethard

Hi Nicole, here is how RCA voting takes place: anyone can log on to Funcoast.com and nominate their favorite businesses in a variety of categories during the nomination period. Once that is over, we tally up the votes and pick the top three or four in each category. Then, voters can go online and vote for their favorite out of the top three our for finalists. The business with the most votes at the end is the winner. Pretty simple. Here's a link with more detail, just FYI: http://www.funcoast.com/node/505231


Casa Real IS better. 1000 times better? Probably not. Never had a bad meal at Eats N Treats.


Starbuck's is best...forget the rest.


I agree. Starbucks is my favorite! The coffee place in the mall is good too.


Slap yo mama BBQ son, thats where it gets real!! to bad it closed. They spit in the food anyway.


Lol Casa Fiesta now thats funny! I have never had to "ring out" a taco before I eat it because of all the grease. The only reason some of these dumps like Casa Fiesta keeps "winning" is because there isn't any GOOD mexican food around here to give the any kind of competition. Any self respecing Hispanic or Mexican would tell you that even Taco Bell has better food than them. As far as Eats and Treats goes I will stick with Dairy Queen and their customer service is terrible. As far as donuts go, I personally prefer the place in Huron across from the BP.