Volume 38

Nature & Recreation: Slater's Jazz Nite


  • Slaters

Amy West and her staff of fine servers offer some fine pasta, wine and jazz for the locals as well as the great tourist numbers pouring in to our western basin of Lake Erie. Slater’s is in its second summer of marqueeing the Bob Swift Trio, while highlighting Anna as the lead singer. Anna and her jazz professionals really have caused a stir in the entertainment offered in Port Clinton, Ohio.


I have created an entire day of fun for my Wednesdays in and around the Lake Erie Islands. My morning begins at Diana’s Restaurant with a fresh bowl of mixed local fruit (melons, strawberries and peaches.) Then my date Brownie and I then catch the 9:00 am Miller Ferry to South Bass Island where Larry, the owner of Put-in-Bay Taxi, picks us up and drops us off at Delaware Rentals. After a brief historical discussion on Russian history with Irena Matisse, Brownie and I head out to enjoy the natural beauty of the island.


A Boardwalk Lobster bisque lunch is our next stop—we enjoy the best bisque north of Key West—and maybe even some Key West-made Key Lime pie. Around 2:00pm the fun starts; my work day is over! Tough day, right? The Wednesday group kicks off the entertainment (Paradise Island or Bob Gatewood’s Calabash,) at the Roundhouse Bar. By the way Brownie as been named the “best tail on the island,” by the rowdy crowd at the Roundhouse Bar. We move on to Mr. Ed’s swim up bar, The Mist to welcome Ronnie Howard and the motown sound of “Cruisin” to do some “Boogalooin Down Broadway” in and around the pool. By 5:45 we are headed back to the Roundhouse to catch the final set to “shake our tail feathers” on the dance floor. I like to pick up a perch sandwich and share it with Brownie at the PIB Winery, also known as the Doller House. Then back to the mainland to put the icing on the cake with some wine, pasta and the best jazz at Slater’s.


By the time we arrive in downtown Port Clinton, the Bob Swift Trio can be heard all over the “coming back” downtown! The smell of hot chicken pasta is in the room as we enter the old tin goose ranger, as I can remember in the past, “busy” downtown evening atmosphere. The economic times in Ottawa County have been tough, but the worst is over and there is a revival feeling here in downtown Port Clinton. Amy has other special nights like fifty cent wing night on Thursdays, Friday night New York Strip for $10.95 and usually a special band for Saturday nights.


Be sure you plan to celebrate “over the hump day” on Madison Street in downtown Port Clinton and enjoy the best in jazz and pasta with Amy her her fine line up of professionals and super food!



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