Gastronomy is defined as
“the art of eating and preparing good food.” This science is alive and well on Bridge Street in Ashtabula Harbor, where more than a dozen restaurants and foodie shops showcase dishes that will make your mouth water. Wine bars are stocked with local bottles and chefs source regional ingredients for a truly authentic dining experience. Sweet? Salty? Umami? Ashtabula Harbor has established itself as
THE place to go for even the most discerning palate.
In the shadow of the iconic bridge, flavors collide at Bascule. The food looks as amazing as it tastes. With a menu changing seasonally, adventurous eaters rejoice at the thoughtful playground for your taste buds. Lamb shanks with beefy crimini mushrooms, duck breast with pinot blueberry reduction, and beef bolognese have all been spotted on the menu. No matter how full you are, don’t skip dessert with a selection from their top-shelf Scotch and Bourbon menu.
Briquettes Smokehouse serves southern-style BBQ. You’d be hard-pressed to find a local who hasn’t licked their fingers from their award-winning ribs. It’s perfectly acceptable to order a smoked meat tray with brisket, pulled pork, chicken, turkey, ribs, and corned beef all for yourself. They don’t judge. The Turkey Reuben is unlike any melt you’ve tasted. Belly up to the craft beer bar for the best view of the waterway and lift bridge.
The relaxed, intimate setting of Halcyon offers everything you would hope for to chat and chill, plus a little more. The menu will surprise and delight with selections like premium steaks, burgers, and grilled paninis. Chef specials throughout the week satiate your palate while going easy on your wallet. Enjoy late hours on their hardscape and your favorite hand-crafted cocktail while listening to one of the live weekend performers.
TJ Rennick operated a butcher shop from 1889-1962 that inspired today’s culinary destination: Rennick Meat Market. Familiar menu items like strip steak, filet, and porterhouse are found alongside braised rabbit, picanha, and several vegetarian options. Everything is homemade, from the pasta to the Worcestershire sauce. Classic and creative cocktails are featured – of course guests should give the Rennick Manhattan or the Old-Fashioned Butcher a try.
Breath deep. There is nothing quite like the smell of fresh roasting coffee beans. Harbor Perk Coffeehouse purchases the finest arabica beans available to roast daily, so the selections vary by season. The menu is chock full of specialty espresso drinks, fresh frozen smoothies, and locally baked goods. Take home a bag of the freshest coffee in the area!
All ice cream is not the same. Cones serves only the finest frozen confections found in the region. Ice creams are sourced from Heavenly Creamery in Conneaut. More than a dozen flavors change seasonally, giving you an excuse to return. Waffle cones are lined with chocolate from the local chocolatier. Harbor Perk’s coffee is used to make the popular coffee flavor. It’s hard enough to pick a flavor; how do you pick a topping?!
The craft beer at Cloven Hoof Brewing Co. does not disappoint. As a nano-brewery, they keep only a small quantity of extremely high-quality brews available at one time. The coffee milk stout takes “love thy neighbor” to a new level, made with Marianne’s dark chocolate sea salt bark and Harbor Perk’s coffee. Cheers!