70 years and counting
By Don Radebaugh
The food is delicious; great ingredients prepared with expert skill cannot miss. The service is spectacular; the staff, experienced pros, make you feel like you are a special guest.
Founded in 1945 by the late Earl Cousino, the traditions have been carefully passed down to the generations that have followed him in the family trade.
A fine dining experience with a rustic feel, the moment I walked through the door I was greeted by Constantino Morelli, the step-son of restaurateur Thomas Cousino, son of the founder.
“We treat every guest as family,” Morelli said. “It’ a very social setting…everyone knows your name.”
It wasn’t long before Morelli stopped by our table to check on us; the host on duty visits with everyone, getting to know the customers, table by table, person by person. It didn’t take long to feel like part of the family.
Morelli explained “Our hand cut sirloin is what we built our reputation on. Our quality never changes. We’ve had return customers coming to us for decades, and they become very vocal when we change something.”
A NWOhio Standout
Only a handful of restaurants in Northwest Ohio enjoy the longevity of Cousino’s. The recipes, handed down over the years, well secure the family brand. Everything is house-prepared. The homemade bread, basted in butter and garlic, came ahead of our main dish, and could have been a meal itself.
Featuring American cuisine, the menu, offering an incredible 24-ounce Porterhouse or a 20-ounce T-Bone for the healthy appetites, also lists Filet Mignon and pork chops. My food choices were served promptly, a signature 12-ounce sirloin steak with two sides, following French onion soup, which was excellent. With a big fresh salad, and accompanying bread, the French onion soup might have been plenty to satisfy me, but the steaks are just too good to pass up.
Great sandwiches and burgers, seafood options and some old-fashioned classics, including Cory’s Pan-Fried Chicken, Baby Beef Liver, Margherita Pizza, Pasta Tournedos, Classic Linguini Alfredo, Cajun Linguine and Thai Chicken Shrimp, round out the menu.
The restaurant accommodates small, medium and big gatherings alike…also offering a tempting, classic, round bar with all your favorite spirit options.
Cousino’s Steak House is a time-honored tradition well worth the trip, again and again.
For complete menu, reservations and so much more, visit cousinossteakhouse.com. Or, just give them a call at 419-693-0862. Cousino’s Steak House is located at 1842 Woodville, Rd., Oregon, Ohio.
Note: Our condolences to the family and friends of Cousino’s Steak House founder Earl Cousino, who passed away May 2, 2016, at 99. Earl is survived by his children, Carolyn Vassar, Thomas (Eileen) Cousino, Diana “Corky” (Keith) Hymore, Lynn Cousino; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by wife, Geraldine and brothers, Huley and Russell Cousino.
Cousino’s Tiffany Salad
Start with bowl of mixed greens. Mix with fresh shredded Swiss Cheese. Add fresh bacon bits, homemade croutons, tomato wedges.
Then add the biggest and best ingredient – the Signature House Celery Seed Dressing. (They go through so much of it that the dressing is made in huge batches. You could reduce the numbers below according to scale if you want.)
- 5 pounds of honey
- 1 cup of freshly-squeezed lemon juice
- 32 oz. apple cider vinegar
- 2 cups of white granulated sugar
- Add dry ingredients…..
- ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon
- ¼ cup of dry, ground mustard
- ¼ cup of celery seed
- 1 finely minced sweet onion to the mix prior to adding the vegetable oil.
- 64 oz. of vegetable Oil – Slowly drizzle vegetable oil into mix to desired consistency.
This makes 6 quarts.