Staff Blogger: Josh Hilgenberg, Advancement/Communications Intern
Lakeside is home to a wide variety of restaurants and dining options. Fantastic food and friendlier service are the things that define a meal here at our beautiful Chautauqua. Whether you’re craving chicken salad, hot donut, juicy cheeseburger or a hot dog, you can find it here!
5-10 p.m. Friday, May 27
6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, May 28 & Sunday, May 29
6:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, May 30
Coffee & Cream is best known for their two title items – coffee and ice cream – but this little spot also has a great selection of lunch style meals. Those Lakesiders who want a good cold cut sandwich, wrap, salad or baked good will find exactly what they need here. Light and healthy options are what Coffee & Cream specializes in when it comes to food. Try it out and stroll down Walnut Avenue – it’s right across from The Fine Print bookstore.
12-7 p.m. Friday, May 27
11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, May 28 & Sunday, May 29
11 a.m. until business slows down on Monday
Established in 2006, this 1950s style diner is a family-owned business featuring a variety of light meals and snacks. Dockside is home to classics like corndogs, macaroni & cheese and shredded chicken sandwiches, but strives to keep the customer happy. In order to keep the hungry Lakesider in mind, this restaurant has added a Reuben Panini, Philly Cheesesteak and Buffalo Chicken Wrap based on feedback they’ve received. Dockside is located – where else – beside the dock and behind the mini-golf course.
7 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, May 27 & Saturday, May 28
7 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, May 30
A bit of a more formal (but casual) ambiance, the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room & Café sits on the bottom floor of the Hotel Lakeside with a beautiful view of the lake. The Dining Room has a great selection, including fish & chips, burgers, chicken fried steak and a chef salad. They offer special dinner options on Fridays and Saturdays, a children’s menu and feature quality, healthy food.
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 28
For the first time ever, Lakeside will be welcoming a food truck onto its grounds. Owner Jim Gippert is a pastor on a mission. He strives to connect with people from all walks of life through his restaurant and food truck’s hand-made, passion filled, barbecue cuisine. Consisting of classics like smoked brisket, burgers and specialty dishes like barbecue fries and a sandwich called the 3 Little Pigs, Jimmy G’s is sure to satisfy. Look for the big, bold, barbecue truck this weekend on the grass south of the Hotel Lakeside where there will be picnic tables and seating.
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, May 29
For those in the mood for a late morning buffet, the Memorial Day Weekend Brunch is perfect. Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage gravy and biscuits, waffles, assorted cheeses, fresh fruit, assorted muffins, salad, vegetable of the day, potato of the day, fresh fish of the day, a meat carving station and assorted desserts are all available in the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room. The cost is $20 per adult, $10 per child (ages 4-10) and free for children age 3 & under.
12:30-5 p.m. Sunday, May 29
Stop by the Hotel Lakeside lawn for a Memorial Day Weekend Cookout with classics – hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad, chips, cookies, water and pop. This community-style food service is great for catching up with old friends, meeting new ones and getting back into the Lakeside swing with a beautiful view of the water.
8 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, May 27
7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, May 28 & Sunday, May 29
8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, May 30
For some of the best chicken salad on the peninsula, stop by Ooh La La!, located between Maple and Walnut Avenues on Second Street. This restaurant showcases fresh, healthy food for everyone, including vegetarian, dairy and gluten sensitive diets. Other than chicken salad, Ooh La La! features egg salad, baked goods, gelato and salads – available in boxed lunches for on-the-go Lakesiders. If that wasn’t enough, they satisfy any sweet tooth. Longtime Lakesiders and staff members alike rave about their sugar cookies, cinnamon rolls and smoothies.
The Patio Restaurant has been a Lakeside staple for more than 50 years. It’s a casual, family restaurant caddy corner to Coffee & Cream. The Patio prides itself on its freshly made burgers and donuts. It’s also a great spot to eat outside – the Patio is home to a huge (you guessed it) patio. This spot is easy to find, not only because of the patio, but because of the smell of donuts wafting down the street.
Sloopy’s Sports Café is one of the community’s favorite places to grab a slice of pizza. Unfortunately, because of construction setbacks, Sloopy’s Lakeside location will be closed over Memorial Day weekend. Please call the Port Clinton location at (419) 732-3553 to place an order.
All this food is great, but what’s a day in Lakeside without ice cream? The Whistle Stop is cozied in the same building as the beauty salon, ready to serve Toft’s hand-dipped ice cream, freshly made popcorn and other sweet treats. The old fashioned atmosphere takes its guests back a few years and is ready to welcome new faces with a big scoop on a waffle cone.