Fishers Cafe and Pub in Peninsula Ohio

On the day we went to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Mom and Dad and Tom and I ate lunch at Fishers Cafe and Pub in lovely, downtown Peninsula.  Fishers Cafe is a staple in Peninsula, operating out of the same location for 61 years.  It was opened by George Fisher in 1958 in the current building.  It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but the food, service, and atmosphere are great.

Fishers Cafe is still family owned and operated and it feels like it when you go inside.  The waitresses greet regular customers by name.  Even though we were there on a cold weekday in November, there were still plenty of people eating at Fishers Cafe.  We followed a waitress to a booth and enjoyed reading the menu and looking at the historic pictures on the wall.

Fishers Cafe serves a large variety of food.  Mom thought, from the name, that it was a seafood place.  But it only has fisher in the name because that was George Fisher’s name.  It does, however, have a nice variety of food including seafood on the menu.  Mom and I both ordered salad.  Dad got chicken fingers and Tom ordered a burger.  I also got a cup of chili because it was so chilly outside.

Best chili ever!
Chicken fingers

The chili at Fishers Cafe might have been the best cup of chili I ever had.  It has plenty of meat, beans, and chunks of tomato.  The seasoning was just right.  They make their chili onsite, fresh every day.  I would go back just to have more chili.  The other food was fresh and delicious.  The quantities were so generous that we couldn’t even think about dessert, although the homemade pies looked wonderful.  Our waitress struck the perfect balance of being attentive without being annoying.

Fishers is a great place to get out of the cold or to fuel up after biking or hiking.  If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend making it a part of your next trip to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  I’m sure you will want to return again and again.