On a recent trip to Sandusky, OH we found a quaint little spot to grab some Vegetarian based fare called Berardi’s Family Kitchen. Located just south of the downtown area, the atmosphere is inviting and family friendly. Berardi’s screams hometown fare to me.
We were thrilled to see a large selection of salads, Veggie sandwiches and even a Veggie burger on the menu. Per recommendation of our friendly server, we ordered their famous Bavarian Soft Pretzel Bites as an appetizer.
I am not a big fan of soft pretzels, however, these bites were perfectly crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside- just the way a soft pretzel should be. Served alongside a bowl of house-made beer cheese, I can understand why these have become so popular here.
I ordered a small cup of Cream of Cabbage soup. There were a few pieces of pork in it but overall it was pretty fantastic. I always associate Cream of Cabbage soup with a 90-year old grandmother and if that is how you perceive me then so be it. The soup was delicious.
My companion Chad ordered the Fried Green Tomato Veggie Burger with white cheddar, grilled onions, lettuce and a bistro sauce. The fried green tomatoes were lightly breaded and plump.
His burger was served with a side of french fries which were golden and crisp.
I ordered the Eggplant Parmesan house specialty which came with a small house salad. The house salad was rather large- dried cranberries, toasted almonds, mandarin oranges, fresh strawberries and feta cheese topped with a homemade honey maple dressing. Quite impressive for a house salad.
My Eggplant Parmesan was pretty good too. Served with a side of spaghetti marinara, the eggplant was lightly breaded and covered with cheese and more sauce. It was cooked perfectly but I could have used just slightly less cheese.
Other items on the menu include Taco Salad, Chopped Steak and Yellow Perch. The Berardi family started their business selling fries at the nearby Cedar Point Amusement Park and eventually began to open up a few local restaurants. Berardi’s Family Kitchen is definitely a place for great homemade family fare and is quite popular among the locals.
4 out of 5 sprouts.