Avon, Ohio, is located in the northern part of the state, about two miles south of Lake Erie, and 20 miles west of Cleveland. The historic town was incorporated in 1825 and currently has a population of about 17, 000. Hungry travelers who want lakefront dining can find it as close as two miles, or within 25 miles, at restaurants that offer an abundance of seafood, including the regional specialty of Lake Erie perch.
Jake's On The Lake
The family-friendly Jake's on the Lake (jakes-onthelake.com) is in the town of Avon Lake, just north of Avon. The family-owned-and-operated restaurant serves lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. The menu staples include entree salads, burgers, sandwiches, wraps and paninis. The lunch and dinner entrees include Lake Erie perch, pasta, steak and fish. The wood-paneled interior offers big windows and complements the outdoor patio where guests can watch the sunset during warm weather. A full bar, carryout and catering is available.
The Nautica Queen (nauticaqueen.com) offers dining on Lake Erie. The lakefront and river cruise has dining for people of all ages; the boat is docked in Cleveland, about 20 miles east of Avon. The cruise menu includes an unlimited buffet meal with non-alcoholic drinks included and musical entertainment. There is a full bar. The buffet stations feature fresh fruit and vegetables, greens, pasta and vegetable salads, potatoes, bread, beef, chicken and fish. While aboard the Nautica Queen, guests cruise under historic bridges and view the downtown skyline from the lake.
Pier W (selectrestaurants.com) opened its doors in 1965 in Cleveland, designed to resemble the hull of a contemporary luxury liner cruising along Lake Erie. The menu prominently features seafood at lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. The restaurant philosophy is to deal directly with the fisherman to offer fresh fish, mussels, lobster, clams, scallops and shrimp. Other entrees include beef, pork, Cornish game hen and a separate vegetarian menu. There is a full bar and extensive wine menu.
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