It’s our annual guide to the top eateries where food is fried, broiled, grilled, or otherwise slapped on butcher paper for your finger-licking, crab-cracking, French fry–munching pleasure. This year, our winners (and finalists) were chosen by our readers!
A mix of fresh salads, grilled seafood skewers, and veggie burgers balances out the crispy walleye and battered perch on the exhaustive menu. A rollicking singles scene buzzes around the bar on the large waterfront outdoor deck, where you can also watch diners arrive by boat; 216/861- 6900 or shootersflats.com.
Jolly Roger Seafood Restaurant, Port Clinton
Locals line up for perfectly fried perch and walleye at this modest place. Bonus: If you’ve caught any walleye that day, the kitchen will fry it up for you; 419/732-3382.
New Sandusky Fish Company, Sandusky
Go for the huge fried-fish sandwiches (walleye, perch, or catfish) smothered in tartar sauce; 419/621-8263.