A high-flying time

. October 19, 2012.

Waldo Peppers
411 South Main St.
Findlay, Ohio 45840
Mon.-Sun. 11am-11pm

Sunday night dinner out in Findlay can be an adventure, especially if you want to venture away from chain restaurants.

On this particular Sunday we felt like taking a ride downtown, but were hard-pressed to find a downtown spot that was (a) new to us and (b) open. We found both at Waldo Peppers. And while it is not the “wall of peppers” my youngest thought it would be, it was a pleasant evening, which pleased us all.

A downtown mainstay since 1986, the restaurant borrows liberally from the 1975 movie “The Great Waldo Pepper” in its aviator décor. A combination of booths and pub-style tables allows visitors to choose to watch the game on any of the several televisions lining the bar or have a more intimate family dinner. My very tall husband, used to squeezing himself into almost Lilliputian restaurant booths, remarked that it was the biggest booth he’d ever been in.

Newly discovered offerings

I noticed the presence of honest-to-goodness diet Dr. Pepper on the menu. It matters — trust me. There was a veggie wrap sandwich ($7.99) on the menu, as well as pasta offerings, for the family vegetarian. While we were there the kids’ menu was in the process of being reprinted, but our server helped my children select two spaghettis ($3.99). My husband ordered chicken fajitas ($13.99). We were all happy with our meals, especially the seasoned fries which were particularly tasty.

Decadent desserts

We didn’t order an appetizer because, as always, the dessert menu entranced us. We are definitely a two-dessert, four-spoon family. One half wanted the French cheesecake with caramel drizzle for $4.99 (you can’t go wrong with cheesecake). The other half wanted the Snickers Bar, a fudge brownie topped with caramel, peanuts, cream cheese filling and chunks of Snickers ($5.99) – did you gain five pounds just by reading that description? I hope we didn’t, because we ordered both.

We left with a few take-home containers for the next day’s lunches. But we didn’t take any of the desserts home – they didn’t make it that far.