Sonic Drive In – Oregon, OH

3 08 2009
  • 2925 Navarre Avenue
  • Oregon, OH 43616
  • (419) 691-6600
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The Sonic Drive In in Oregon, OH

The Sonic Drive In in Oregon, OH

So, I’m sure many of you were expecting a review of one of Michael Symon’s restaurants in this spot.  I mean, if I’m going to Cleveland, you’d think I’d check out one of my favorite chef’s places, right?  Normally, you would be right, but this time, I was tired and already promised J we’d find a Sonic on the way home.  In addition to that, neither of us were really dressed for dinner at a fancy restaurant.  We would have been ok for lunch, but would have felt out of place at dinner.

We left Cleveland at about 5:30.  Had we used the GPS to look, we could have found a Sonic in Cleveland, but I already wrote down an address for one near Toledo.  Our original plan was just to go to Sandusky and Toledo was the closest one that was on the way home.  I had been planning that stop for days.

There are two Sonic’s in the Toledo area and both are in suburbs.  We chose the one in Oregon because it wasn’t that far off the Interstate and on the northwest side of the city.  On the way from Cleveland, I missed my turn to stay on I-90, so we ended up taking OH-2 until it turned into a two lane road.  We had about a half hour drive through the Ohio countryside which was fine with me.  When we got into town, OH-2 turned into Navarre Avenue.  A few blocks later, it ran into the Interstate we needed to head home. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum – Cleveland, OH

3 08 2009
  • 1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard
  • Cleveland, OH 44114
  • (216) 781-7625
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Clevealand, OH

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Clevealand, OH

Who doesn’t like impromptu trips?  J and I were in Sandusky, OH where we met some friends for lunch.  After hanging out on the shore of Lake Erie for a while, we parted ways.  They had another engagement and we were looking for something else to do.  Sure, Cedar Point was an option, but that’s freakin expensive…especially since we were only looking to kill a few hours before driving home.  J suggested Kelleys Island, but I wasn’t super excited about that.  Again, a $20 ferry ride to walk around for an hour or so.  She then asked how far Cleveland was.

Since moving to Lansing, I’ve wanted to go to Cleveland for three things.  A baseball game at Progessive Field, a meal at one or both of Michael Symon’s restaurants, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The baseball game was almost over and we weren’t dressed for dinner at Lola or Lolita, but the Rock Hall was still an option.  Since it was only an hour or so drive and we’d have two hours once we got there, we headed east.  As J likes to say, “Why not?”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is located on Cleveland’s waterfront in the North Coast Harbor area.  The building, designed by I.M Pei, sits right next to the Great Lakes Science Center and Cleveland Browns Stadium.  We weren’t really sure about parking.  I took a wrong turn because I got into a turn lane so I had to go down by the football stadium and turn around which brought us right back in front of the Rock Hall.  If I had gotten lucky there was street parking, but I never get that lucky.  We found a small municipal about a block away that charged $10 for the day. 

We walked back to the iconic glass pyramid building where I snapped a few pictures.  You’ll notice these are the only pictures I’m posting of the Hall of Fame.  That’s because it was the only ones I could take.  There are signs all over the building demanding that you check all cameras and video cameras.  There is not photography or video recording allowed inside the building which I think sucks.  The official reason is…. Read the rest of this entry »





Danny Boys Italian Eatery – Sandusky, OH

3 08 2009
  • 6207 Milan Road
  • Sandusky, OH 44870
  • (419) 621-1000
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Danny Boys Italian Eatery near Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH

Danny Boys Italian Eatery near Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH

Road trip!  I got a phone call from my buddy (I’ll call him Ja from here on) a few weeks ago wanting to know if we were busy on August 2.  He was going to be in Sandusky for work and wondered if we wanted to meet up.  Ja and his wife (Je from now on) were friends of both J and I when we lived in Peoria.  All four of us worked at the same place.  Ja is from Ohio and went back to school.  His girlfriend, who later became his wife, eventually followed him to Athens and the only time the four of us would see each other was at weddings. 

Ja and Je now live in Columbus, OH which would still be a pretty good haul for either of us to make a social visit.  Sandusky seemed a little more doable since it would be just a short three hour drive from Lansing. 

After the trip was planned, I started scouring foodie boards for places to eat.  There’s got to be some little hidden gem in a tourist town.  Alas, all anyone would tell me is that Sandusky is over run by chains.  To that I say, what city isn’t?  I hate when I get that answer because there is an abundance of chains in every town, every city, and every tourist destination in the country.  I’m not looking for those.  I want to know where the locals eat. 

Finally, I got a few suggetions.  Out of the top three I got, two were bars and Ja said a bar probably wasn’t a good idea, so I picked the Italian eatery. 

Danny Boys Italian Eatery is on the edge of town fairly close to Cedar Point.  When you get off OH-2, you go left for the amusement park and right to find this restaurant.  It’s less than a mile down Milan Road on the right side.  The building shares space with a few smaller businesses, but there’s a huge parking lot and overflow parking on the side. 

We got there right at 11:30 on Sunday which is when they open.  After the hugs and handshakes in the parking lot…and a little ribbing for my friends driving a Kia…we went inside.  I was a little surprised by the decor.  I was almost expecting a cheesy Italian decor which would fit the tourist town, but we we found was more of a Tuscan pub.  The floors were faux stones.  The first walls and ceilings were dark wood paneling.  The first area we came into was actually a bar with a window to the kitchen.  Read the rest of this entry »