Lighthouse Bistro | Midwest Living

Lighthouse Bistro

9280 Atwoodlake Rd. NW
Mineral City  Ohio  44656
United States
(330) 343-0012

Midwest Living Review

Sarah Routh
Lakeside Bistro has a solid seafood menu and to-die-for cheesecake.

The food at Lighthouse Bistro is good. Not surprisingly-good-seafood-for-a-small-lake-in-a-small-town-in-the-middle-of-Ohio good, but delicious good. Junk food junkies will love the appetizers. There are potato chips treated like nachos but with blue cheese and vinegar or bacon and cheddar ($5.95). Both are downright irresistible, so if you can't decide between, them get the sampler. Sure, it's junk food, but if you're gonna do junk food this is so much better than fries. Another favorite is the lobster roll ($8.95). The lunch and dinner menu have a good selection of burgers, sandwiches and wraps, a few pasta dishes, and several heftier meat and seafood dishes. There is quite a bit of seafood on the menu, which makes perfect sense for a restaurant featuring a lighthouse, but the quality of the seafood is surprising considering the nearest body of water is a man-made freshwater lake. The Flying Scot ($17.95) is a great example of the solid seafood options; it features mussels, shrimp, whitefish and blue crab in a wine and tomato broth. Fresh, local ingredients are key to the Lighthouse Bistro menu. No matter how much you eat, save room for dessert. The banana cheesecake is not to be missed. While it doesn't say it on anywhere on the menu, this dessert is the perfect marriage of cheesecake and elephant ear (fried dough). In fact, this was a wonderfully classed-up version of the fair favorite, not too banana-y, not too greasy, and ridiculously rich and decadent. Enjoy views of the adjacent Atwood Lake Marina West complex seated on the large, well-shaded deck. Or dine inside where the decor is a toned-down version of everything you'd expect from a place named after a lighthouse: There are ropes and sea shells around, but it stops short of cheesy. Of course, you're likely to hear Jimmy Buffet or some other island crooner in the background. So slip a cover-up on over your swim suit and dig in.

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