The Short Course
To avoid wait: Anytime
Noise level: Moderate
Bathroom amenities: Family restroom with changing station
High chairs? Yes
Kids’ Menu? Yes
Allergies? Be sure to make your server aware so that special precautions can be taken.
Do I dare say Lamplight Cafe & Bakery is “darling?” I loved the quaint atmosphere. From the little patio out front to the decorative lamplights inside, I fell in love with the cute little place.
Though the restaurant is rather cozy, they do fit in quite a few tables and even have a breakfast bar up front. On the far side of the restaurant, they share a space with separately-owned 7 Little Cupcakes.
The Toledo area is very fortunate to have a plethora of local cafes that offer similar menu items, such as omelets, quiches and sandwiches. In that respect, Lamplight is no different. However, many of their items have their own personal twist, so their menu isn’t exactly what you would find at another breakfast/lunch café.
For example, they offer six different eggs benedict: lobster, crab cakes, shredded bacon, avocado, smoked salmon, and more. Their omelets add a twist, such as adding asparagus to what might have seemed like a western omelet. I even loved their names that reflected where we were dining, such as the Commodore Benedict, the Perry’s Landing Benedict or the South Boundary Omelet.
My boys chose the Mediterranean omelet with chicken and the Farmer’s Market omelet. I enjoyed the popular Crossroads Benedict, which included avocado and bacon. I regret that I didn’t upgrade my hash browns for their signature potato balls, referred to as “deep fried potato goodness” on their menu. John Veselka, a manager at Lamplight, described them as hash browns, sour cream, cheddar, onion, and bacon rolled into a ball and breaded with panko crumbs and deep fried. Oh my goodness we need to return just for those.
Breakfast or lunch all day long
Veselka also explained that their entire menu, breakfast or lunch, is available all day long. The lunch menu includes countless sandwiches, wraps, and salads. They have a Reuben with a twist: instead of the usual sauerkraut, Veselka said they use their own “craz-E-slaw.” He also explained that they add to the menu about every 6 months, and I noticed that they offer daily specials.
Kids are welcome to dine at Lamplight. They provide a large placemat covered with activities to keep kids occupied. Your little ones 10 and under can enjoy four lunch options and two breakfast options along with a drink for just $5. Parents will be happy to know that they can swap fries for a healthier option: applesauce.
I have to agree with John Veselka, a manager at Lamplight Cafe, when he says “Lamplight is one of the best kept secrets in Perrysburg.” You’ll see many regulars stop in, and the employees know them by name. Lamplight is near downtown Perrysburg, tucked into Perry’s Landing. With the affordable $5 kids’ menu, you can bring the whole family. But beware, you may not be able to leave without a tasty treat from 7 Little Cupcakes.
Lamplight Café & Bakery
121 W. Indiana Ave. Perrysburg 43551
In Perry’s Landing
Open Daily 7a.m.-2:30p.m.