Bistro 83 scores three Best of the West nominations

Bistro 83 has been nominated in three categories in the ninth annual Best of the West contest.

The restaurant has been nominated for Best Happy Hour; Best Patio for the second year in a row; and Best Bartender for friendly mixologist Jeffrey Gresko. Votes will be tallied and winners will be announced at a later date.

Bistro 83’s happy hour runs from 3 to 10 p.m. at the bar Mondays through Thursdays, and from 3 to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. In addition to specials on draft beer, wine by the glass and specialty cocktails, guests can enjoy a reduced price bar menu. A half-pound prime beef burger with provolone cheese is $6. Add garlic truffle fries with herb aioli ($5) or house-made chicharrones with barbecue sauce ($4). Appetizers worth sharing include crispy duck wings with Beijing barbecue sauce ($5), house-made chips and blue cheese dip ($4) and a fresh veggie plate with organic peanut butter and roasted red pepper dip ($5). Other happy hour specials include barbecue chicken flatbread ($5), blackened salmon sliders ($6) and cold water lobster tail with drawn butter ($9).

Bistro 83 is at 36033 Westminster Ave. in North Ridgeville. Phone 440-353-2828.

The American Slovak Club Auxiliary in Lorain claims to serve the best fish fry in town. If Lenten attendance is an indicator, then that claim must be accurate. In 1956, the auxiliary voted to try serving a fish fry dinner to the community on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The price was 80 cents and included eight ounces of fish with a special breading recipe, and freshly chopped coleslaw with a secret sauce for the dressing. There was one waitress and a small kitchen staff. Today, there are six servers every Friday and a dozen people in the kitchen. That number doubles during Lent. The menu includes fish dinners ($13.75), shrimp dinners ($11.75), clam strip dinners ($9.50) and homemade stuffed cabbage dinners ($9.75). Patrons can also order a fish sandwich for $6.50. Carryout is available. There is a party room for large groups. Phone 440-244-2787. The Slovak American Club is at 2915 Broadway Ave. in Lorain.

Mark your calendar for April 25, the date of the first Beasts ’n’ Brews Chili Festival at Crocker Park. The food and music festival runs from 1 to 6 p.m. and benefits the North Union Farmers Markets.

There will be a chili competition judged by local food experts. Music on the center stage will focus on bluegrass and Cajun beats. Admission is your $5 personal spoon purchase so that you can taste the chili samples. All proceeds from the event support North Union’s mission of championing local foods by connecting certified producers with consumers at its network of 10 farmers markets. Visit for details.

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