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The Old Forge Cafe and Creperie

The Old Forge Cafe and Creperie
451 Catawba Ave.
Put-in-Bay, OH 43456 419-285-0022 http://theforgepib.com/

The Old Forge Cafe and Creperie is located on Catawba Avenue in the center of downtown Put-in-Bay. Guests make their way to this eaterie each morning for freshly brewed coffee and the island's best crepes. They have all sorts of crepes: savory crepes, sweet crepes, breakfast crepes, dessert crepes...all manners of tasty, yummy, crepes. This Put-in-Bay restaurant also offers exceptional steaks, salads, panini, and local beers, but let’s focus on crepes.

These Breton staples are the more fashionable cousins of blintzes. Crepes are traditionally served for Candlemas. Candlemas was originally a holy day to commemorate the presentation of the infant Jesus Christ to the temple at Jerusalem. During the fifth century, the Pope at the time would provide these delicious pancakes to the Candlemas pilgrims. They’ve been popular ever since. The Old Forge Cafe and Creperie makes for an ideal place to reflect on these traditions.

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


The Old Forge is lauded among Put-in-Bay restaurants as being a quiet, adult haven. Here, you will find guests enjoying a relaxing, laid-back meal, with the perfect environment for small conversation, or even light reading. The upscale atmosphere and healthy options make this a perfect place to escape the elements and sample some wine. Once you recharge at the Old Forge, you can tackle more energetic Put-in-Bay attractions like shopping. Make sure when you come to Put-in-Bay, you eat some crepes!