🎣 Catch of the day: Windward Passage
👋 Alissa here. As someone who grew up in a Lake Erie town, there's no delicacy quite as nostalgic as a deep-fried perch dinner.
- Sadly, they aren't easy to find around these parts.
Yes, but: Windward Passage, which celebrates 50 years in business next year, has me hooked with a meal that tastes just like home.
⚓ Vibe check: Entering this old-school staple is like stepping back into an old-timey ship at sea.
- Oars, ropes, bells and lanterns hang on the wood-paneled walls. A large helm and the wafting scent of seafood greets you at the door.
What I ate: Six big pieces of perch with fries, a salad and a vegetable for just $22. The perch breading is thin and crispy, so the flaky fish anchors the flavor.
- I didn't need an appetizer, but the coquille St. Jacques — scallops topped with cheese, mashed potatoes and a creamy sauce — is hard to resist.
🍟 Pro tip: Order extra homemade ranch for fry dipping — you won't regret it.
The bottom line: Amid a pandemic shutdown and its owner's unexpected death, Windward Passage's fate wasn't certain in 2020. I'm ecstatic that the restaurant continues full steam ahead.
If you go: 4739 Reed Road, Upper Arlington. 4:30-9pm Monday-Thursday, 4:30-9:30pm Friday, Saturday. Closed Sunday. No reservations.
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