100 W. Fremont St., Arcadia
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Mondays.
Find them online at www.kathyskornerarcadia.com and on Facebook under “Kathy’s Korner.”
Also check out The Sterling Center, Rachel and Matt Sterling’s new professional catering service at 4570 Fostoria Ave., Findlay, with catering for 10 to 1,000 people with a full-service staff. For more information call 419-581-0574 or email email@example.com.
Kathy’s Korner is a quaint restaurant frozen in time, where everybody knows everybody. It’s a place where owner Rachel Sterling rises each morning at 3:30 a.m. to make homemade pies, where the pop comes in cans, and where they started taking credit cards only three years ago.
“This is the third generation the restaurant has been in the family,” said Rachel’s husband and co-owner, Matt. “My wife is the daughter of Kathy, and Kathy’s mom started the restaurant 30 years ago. Rachel is the heart and soul of this place. She started working here as a young girl, taking orders and learning the recipes.”
Kathy’s Korner was established in 1985, and Matt Sterling explained that everything is homemade, using grandma’s recipes. They cut their own meats, make their own salads, and are well-known for their pies, sauces, and delicious home-style cooking. A reliable and welcoming gathering place, the restaurant could be considered the social center of Arcadia, bustling with a population of just under 600 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
For our purposes making the drive from Findlay, the kids and I were especially excited to bring a special guest to this month’s food review in place of my husband: my mother Kathy. Yes, even spelled with a “K!” Our Kathy lives in Fremont, as do my in-laws, and all too happy to make our way inside this curiosity, by-passed so many times on the road.
There is a lot to take in on the Kathy’s Korner menu, so much that my mom and I both had a hard time making a choice. Specials are offered each day of the week, and the prices are very reasonable.
Other offerings include several appetizers, soups, many salads, sandwiches, wraps, subs, a number of chicken selections, several tasty burgers, baskets and platters, and full out dinners, both regular and on the lighter side. They also have a great kids menu and offer homemade pies, ice cream, root beer floats and milkshakes for dessert.
I ended up ordering a mushroom Swiss burger with sweet potato fries, while Kathy went with a turkey wrap and regular fries. We decided, with goofy wide grins, that we would save room for pie. The kids, who are probably going to make me lose this job if they don’t get a little more exciting, both ordered chicken strips and fries off the kids menu. My 9-year-old son really threw in a thrill by adding a side salad with ranch.
The kids enjoyed the chicken and fries, gobbling them up quickly. My son was pleased with the side salad and my 6-year-old daughter did award the chicken a label of, “Awesome.” She was quite entertained when my sweet potato fries came. They were long and thin-cut, and her nimble little fingers could not resist lifting them high from my plate for all to marvel and giggle at their impressive length.
The mushroom Swiss burger was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. Seriously – I sat there thinking I would probably have to start driving to Arcadia regularly to satisfy a craving for them. The meat was juicy and delicious, melting in my mouth. I noticed the mushrooms were freshly cut and certainly not from a can, the melted cheese, lovely, all served on a delicately toasted bun.
Kathy characterized her turkey wrap as “tasty,” and she noted the tomatoes were especially fresh and ripe. Inside were turkey, tomato, lettuce, and she wasn’t sure if it was ranch or mayonnaise. (That’s ok, I guess I’ll let it go, but only because her name is Kathy, you know, like the restaurant.)
And now we arrive at the part when time stood still: Dessert. For the kids to share, I ordered the “Large Chocolate Chip Sundae.” Upon delivery to the table – a giant glass chalice oozing with vanilla ice cream, chocolate chip cookies and syrup – it caused quite a commotion in the restaurant. One of the waitresses later told me that a lot of the time, “whole families will share that.” Well, my kids just about polished it off themselves, with sloppy, giant smiles and really big bellies.
Kathy and I waffled as we tried to make our all-important pie choice. She finally ordered the coconut pie while I went with the mixed berry. All I know is, it is very obvious those pies are made from scratch, fresh each morning. Mine was slightly tart, yet sweet, with a wonderful texture. I usually don’t bother eating the last of the crust, but this was so good, I went for it. The coconut pie had a great mix of soft pudding and fresh coconut throughout, topped with a lovely meringue.
It is safe to say we will stop at Kathy’s Korner again. I want to try more menu items and pie, and Matt Sterling, his staff, and the Arcadia locals were incredibly friendly. The kids will never forget that thrilling dessert they were able to tackle together, a bond never to be broken. And it doesn’t hurt that each child who eats at Kathy’s Korner is sent home with a little bag of candy, just in case you didn’t get enough excitement.
The Short Course
To avoid wait Come at off-peak hours, for example 9 a.m. for breakfast, 1:30 p.m. for lunch and 4 p.m. or 7 p.m. for dinner.
Noise level Moderate
Bathroom amenities Clean and adequate
High chairs Yes, and booster seats
Got Milk? White and chocolate.
Kid’s menu? Yes, nice variety of choices
Food allergy concerns? Always willing to try to accommodate