Located on Catawba Ave in the heart of downtown Put-in-Bay, Ohio lies The Old Forge Cafe and Creperie. Known as one of the island’s best-kept secrets, guests and locals join together for freshly brewed coffee and crepes. They have all sorts of crepes: savory crepes, sweet crepes, breakfast crepes, dessert crepes…all types of scrumptious, yummy, crepes. They also offer exceptional steaks, salads, panini, other great food, entrees, and local beers, but let’s continue to talk about these crepes.

These Breton staples are the more highly favored culinary cousins of blintzes. The history of crepes is rich and it begins with Candlemas. Candlemas was originally a holy day to honor the presence of the infant Jesus Christ to the temple at Jerusalem. Around the fifth century, the Pope at the time would give these delectable pancakes to the Candlemas pilgrims. The Old Forge Cafe and Creperie do an amazing job of paying homage to this culinary masterpiece.

ADDRESS: 451 Catawba Ave, Put-In-Bay, OH 43456​​​​

The Old Forge Cafe and Creperie Favorites:

  • Jolene, with apple, bleu cheese, toasted pecans, red onion, arugula, and honey
  • Olivia, with smoked salmon, lemon dill cream cheese, tomato, and red onion
  • Jackie O, with egg, bacon, whipped cream cheese, and pico de gallo
  • G Monster, with avocado, arugula, goat cheese, and almonds
  • Crazy Sam, with roasted chicken, applewood bacon, sharp cheddar, pico de gallo, and sriracha cream
  • Mrs. Robinson, with turkey, basil, provolone, tomatoes, and basil aioli

Also, the Old Forge is known for being an adult-friendly restaurant. It stands away from the pubs and party-goers. So guests can enjoy a delicious meal with a quiet environment perfect for small talk or even light reading. The upscale atmosphere and health-friendly selections make this a perfect place to escape the elements and even indulge in some wine. Make sure to recharge at the Old Forge, so you can be ready for more energetic Put-in-Bay attractions, such as shopping. When you arrive at Put-in-Bay remember this sacred place and eat some crepes!

Put-in-Bay Restaurants, Bars, and Attractions

The Old Forge is located right in the middle of the action downtown. Looking for the fine dining options Put-in-Bay has to offer? Take a stroll down the Boardwalk restaurant and try Upperdeck. There you can try their amazing appetizers and famous lobster bisque. Craving some walleye, Alaskan King Crab or Lake Erie Perch? Look no further than the Boathouse Bar which is one of the best restaurants and eateries on the island. South Bass Island’s best German restaurant the Goat is also a must try. Located right next door to Biergarten, stop by and try the Goat soup. If you are looking for steak and seafood than Tippers is another goof option. 

Looking for quick bite and not a sit down restaurant? The provides many great eateries. The Chicken Patio is the place for grilled chicken. Joe’s Bar is an islander hotspot with many great food options. Rita’s Cantina is another fast meal option.   

Put-in-Bay Winery is a must stop for all the wine aficionados. There you try all of your favorite wines. For the beer heads look no further than Put-in-Bay Brewery & Distillery. There you can try so many different beers you will never want to leave. 

Looking for a spot to relax and enjoy the view the Lake Erie Islands? With plenty of outdoor seating, Derivera Park is the place to go. Grab ice cream from Dairy Isle or some chocolate from PIB Candy Bar and walk across street to the park! This is the perfect spot to watch the sun set on Put-in-Bay Harbor. 

Just got off the Jet Express and need to kill some time before you check into you hotel? Take the train tour and do some sight seeing. You will be able to see Perry’s Cave, the islands state park, and the amazing Perry’s Monument. 

When it comes to the bars, Put-in-Bay bars can go toe to toe with any bar on Cleveland. If you are looking for live entertainment the places to go are Frosty’s, the Roundhouse Bar, and Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grille on Delaware Ave. Looking for a pina colada or margarita? Look no further than the islands best tiki bar Mojito Bay.  Hooligans Irish pub is the place to go if you are looking for an Irish pub. Some other bars within walking distance are Mossbacks, Caribbean bar The Keys, Fishbowl, and the Reel Bar. 

Done with the bars and looking for a late night snack? Swing by Subway and grab an Italian or meatball sub made from the freshest ingredients. Need it delivered? Cameo Pizza delivers to all corners of the island. Another late night option that delivers is Taco Bay. Try their phenomenal burritos, nachos, and Perch tacos.  

Hungover and looking for the best breakfast options in Put-in-Bay Ohio? Pasquale’s Cafe and Frosty Bar are the islands favorite breakfast spots. If you are looking savory bagel the Village Bakery is where you need to go. Topsy Turvey on Bayview Ave also makes great breakfast sandwiches. Their Cuban sandwiches and hot dogs also is die for. 


451 Catawba Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH, USA

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