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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
•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
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.
•HOURS: 6 a.m.-2 p.m. daily
•WHERE: 2815 Milan Road, Sandusky
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.