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No, I'm not talking about the waitresses at the Tilted Kilt...

The thread about last night's Restaurant Redemption being filmed at Flame in Rossford got me thinking. What area restaurants would make the cut for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives?

created by dell_diva on Jan 15, 2014 at 12:19:57 pm     Comments: 18

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That's a hard show to make any classifications for. There never seems to be any kind of theme to it, like "today we're exploring Peoria" or "on this episode, it's all about fried fish," and the caliber of food often seems... shoddy. I get the fact that it's supposed to be nitty-gritty, blue collar, regular people places (hence the name of the show), but I mean... at least make it about good food at those places. I dunno, I'm not tasting it, so maybe it's actually some good stuff. A lot of times it just seems like slop.

Anyway, Toledo lacks a strong food identity. We don't have any kind of epicenter in town where there's a row of great restaurants (High Street in Columbus), or a kind of food that we're known for (Cincy Chili, Philly Cheesesteak, Chicago Italian Beef, etc). We have some great Lebanese food, but if somebody wanted to showcase that, they could just go to Detroit/Dearborn.

I guess for Toledo pride, and for the sake of having something worth filming a segment about, the Tony Packo's MOAD? In my book, I'd throw Frickers' wings on there. I don't think I've ever had wings even close in size to those, and I don't know why that hasn't earned them more fanfare. There's more meat on one of those wings than a whole basket of them at BW3's.

posted by Johio83 on Jan 15, 2014 at 12:30:46 pm     #  

Green Lantern, located on Broadway near downtown.

A Goopie and a shake are the best ways to ward off the dreaded New Year's resolutions, regarding better health.

https://www.toledoblade.com/attachment/2012/12/18/Green-Lantern-menu.pdf

posted by jr on Jan 15, 2014 at 12:34:02 pm     #  

Also, I should really throw in: the brisket from Deet's BBQ. I'm a bit bbq obsessed, and my job requires me to travel a territory stretching from Texas to the Atlantic coast, so I get to visit the major BBQ meccas (Dallas/Ft Worth, KC, Memphis, the Carolinas) pretty often. And in all my travels, I have never had brisket like Deet's. They seem to be the only ones that get how important that succulent fat is, and how incredibly juicy it makes the final product. So yeah. Deet's!

posted by Johio83 on Jan 15, 2014 at 12:36:43 pm     #   1 person liked this

".........What area restaurants would make the cut for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives?"

We've often wondered the same thing and truly can't come up with any.

We've eaten at a couple of Triple D featured joints after seeing them on the show - Blimpie Burgers in Ann Arbor - nothing to write home about and the place is filthy; and The Traffic Jam and Snug in the Midtown section (artsy-fartsy district) of Detroit. It was also "meh". Average food at way above average prices.

I have to agree with Johio's opinion of some joints featured on Triple D. Funny thing is, if you watch Fieri's reaction when he tastes the food, you can pretty much tell the "slop" from the amazing.

posted by Foodie on Jan 15, 2014 at 01:13:35 pm     #  

Johio, I think we've got a local specialty that we could build a food identity around: chili mac. It's humble, it's easy to make but hard to do well, and it's on the menu at (seemingly) hundreds of area restaurants. And kind of hard to find elsewhere.

I think the city could hold a Mac-Off contest the way we have pizza challenges & the like.

Skyline Chili, of Cincy fame (BTW the closest one is in Lima, off I-75), is my personal favorite, but the spouse and I keep trying it every time we find it on a local menu.

posted by viola on Jan 15, 2014 at 01:38:04 pm     #  

johio....

memphis... if you are looking for a non-bbq meal and some great music... young avenue deli...

posted by enjoyeverysandwich on Jan 15, 2014 at 02:09:46 pm     #  

Schmuckers is a good one. They tried to be on the show in past with write in votes

posted by gunz1 on Jan 15, 2014 at 02:16:19 pm     #  

I agree about there being great chili mac places around town, but it's not our thing. Chili mac is just Cincinnati style chili, or "chili 3 way" or "5 way". So if somebody wanted to do a special on it, I'd think they would just go right to the source.

And ees, I'll have to check it out next time! The last time I was there, I was introduced to Gus's Fried Chicken, and my world hasn't been the same since.

posted by Johio83 on Jan 15, 2014 at 02:24:25 pm     #  

gunz1 posted at 01:16:19 PM on Jan 15, 2014:

Schmuckers is a good one. They tried to be on the show in past with write in votes

This may be blasphemous since I know it's a Toledo staple but I had a Schmucker's pumpkin pie for the first time this holiday season and it was one of the most disgusting things I've ever tasted. Maybe there was something wrong with it but it was bad.

posted by dell_diva on Jan 15, 2014 at 03:01:34 pm     #  

Deet's was trying to drum up support last year to get on the show through on-line suggestions to the network

posted by Hoops on Jan 15, 2014 at 03:36:20 pm     #  

dell_diva posted at 02:01:34 PM on Jan 15, 2014:
gunz1 posted at 01:16:19 PM on Jan 15, 2014:

Schmuckers is a good one. They tried to be on the show in past with write in votes

This may be blasphemous since I know it's a Toledo staple but I had a Schmucker's pumpkin pie for the first time this holiday season and it was one of the most disgusting things I've ever tasted. Maybe there was something wrong with it but it was bad.

Never saw what the attraction is with this place. Garden variety greasy spoon to me.

posted by Foodie on Jan 15, 2014 at 03:50:28 pm     #   1 person liked this

dell_diva posted at 02:01:34 PM on Jan 15, 2014:
gunz1 posted at 01:16:19 PM on Jan 15, 2014:

Schmuckers is a good one. They tried to be on the show in past with write in votes

This may be blasphemous since I know it's a Toledo staple but I had a Schmucker's pumpkin pie for the first time this holiday season and it was one of the most disgusting things I've ever tasted. Maybe there was something wrong with it but it was bad.

Blasphemy! Devil worshiping pagan! I'm going to alert AC to tune you up.

Hey AC! You're on!

posted by madjack on Jan 15, 2014 at 04:34:43 pm     #  

madjack posted at 03:34:43 PM on Jan 15, 2014:
dell_diva posted at 02:01:34 PM on Jan 15, 2014:
gunz1 posted at 01:16:19 PM on Jan 15, 2014:

Schmuckers is a good one. They tried to be on the show in past with write in votes

This may be blasphemous since I know it's a Toledo staple but I had a Schmucker's pumpkin pie for the first time this holiday season and it was one of the most disgusting things I've ever tasted. Maybe there was something wrong with it but it was bad.

Blasphemy! Devil worshiping pagan! I'm going to alert AC to tune you up.

Hey AC! You're on!

I had pie from there. Didn't strike me as extraordinary.

posted by anonymouscoward on Jan 15, 2014 at 05:42:27 pm     #  

I totally agree with the Schmucker's pie comments here. Yeah, I do happen to make kickass pies myself, but I always dial back my expectations when having 'restaurant pie', and Schmucker's was just, frankly, nasty.

I can't think of The Perfect Place for a Toledo DD&D, either. Makes me kind of sad.

posted by gamegrrl on Jan 15, 2014 at 06:05:00 pm     #  

I mean, everyone's comments here are obviously made knowing full well that upso would never allow a film crew into Grumpy's, due to safety concerns over government-enforced occupancy limits. It's packed enough during lunch as it is.

posted by Johio83 on Jan 15, 2014 at 06:16:06 pm     #  

Unfortunately I can't think of anywhere in town that has a unique theme and great dishes to back it up. I've eaten at 23 DDD locations now (always check if there is a DDD location in the city I'm in when traveling) so I have a pretty good idea of what they look for and I'm not aware of too many truly local eateries that have a dish or dishes that stand out in the way they highlight. That said, I've not had a garbage salad at grump's yet, but the way it's described here, it seems like the type of candidate location/dish they look for.

posted by breeman on Jan 15, 2014 at 06:17:56 pm     #  

Johio83 posted at 05:16:06 PM on Jan 15, 2014:

I mean, everyone's comments here are obviously made knowing full well that upso would never allow a film crew into Grumpy's, due to safety concerns over government-enforced occupancy limits. It's packed enough during lunch as it is.

I think upso is wise enough to realize pretty much what would happen if he and his establishment got TV fame and therefore he's decided to not go down that route whereby we ultimately all end up paying $25 for a garbage salad that is half the size it is now and that would literally taste like garbage, because his restaurant empire either grew too big or too busy to keep the current quality and service.

posted by anonymouscoward on Jan 15, 2014 at 11:59:16 pm     #   1 person liked this

Busia's Narozny: little place, good food, crazy menu that includes czanina and Jello desserts. LOVE IT!

posted by Anniecski on Jan 17, 2014 at 05:35:19 pm     #   2 people liked this