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The Best Restaurant in Toledo?

I just had an interesting question asked. "What is THE best restaurant in Toledo?"

Money is not part of the equation - It could be an expensive and diverse five star place (if we had one) or it could be anything... even a pizza place that is so phenomenal in it's single entree focus that it could standout as the Best.

So if you were asked - only 1 place - one standout - "What is the Best Restaurant in Toledo?" what would you respond. Curious what others say.

  • The only caveat is it has to be located in Toledo - not the Burbs or surrounding area.
created by Danneskjold on May 29, 2014 at 11:43:40 pm     Food     Comments: 35

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That's a hard one!

Registry Bistro

posted by toledolen_ on May 29, 2014 at 11:53:56 pm     #   2 people liked this

Shorty's BBQ

posted by shamrock44 on May 30, 2014 at 12:02:45 am     #  

Even though its very tired and way overpriced I still like Mancy's steak house, it is a recognizable feature of Toledo for sure.

posted by MIJeff on May 30, 2014 at 12:12:01 am     #  

Don't know about the best restaurant, but the best meal I've had in Toledo was at Revolution Grill.

posted by slowsol on May 30, 2014 at 12:45:13 am     #   1 person liked this

Registry Bistro

posted by ifXthenWhyNot on May 30, 2014 at 08:09:18 am     #   1 person liked this

Taking out the suburbs really narrows it down. My vote would go to the original Mancy's Steakhouse

posted by Hoops on May 30, 2014 at 08:30:09 am     #  

I think I, too, would have to say Registry Bistro. Revolution Grille would be a close 2nd. And then probably the Burger Bar 419 on Heatherdowns. I would eat the "Mother and Child" there every day if I weren't afraid of it cutting my life abruptly short.

posted by Johio83 on May 30, 2014 at 08:37:47 am     #  

Hot Sizzling Wok (if we have to stay in the limits of Toledo). That's my comfort food (for 25 years), and must be my favorite.

Shorty's is my favorite BBQ joint in the city.

posted by webrioter on May 30, 2014 at 08:58:23 am     #  

Higher-end / upscale: Registry wins hands down every time for me. The menu is always entertaining and consistently great, the wine list has many very affordable great bottles, the beer and liquor selections are awesome, and the service is among the best I've ever experienced. If you go, request Jason as your server. He will treat you right and steer you in the right direction every time.

(honorable mention to Inkys for having a unique pizza and oldschool italian/american food. I love that institution!)

posted by endcycle on May 30, 2014 at 09:25:27 am     #  


posted by wahhutch9 on May 30, 2014 at 10:04:22 am     #   1 person liked this

While I wouldn't nix Mancy's downtown, the place could use a facelift. The food, drinks and service are good, but not outstanding for a four star restaurant.

If I'm limited to Toledo, it depends on what you want. The Registry Bistro is excellent, but there are other choices. Rockwell's Steakhouse at the Oliver House offers fine dining, but it's not for anyone with a cash flow problem. J Alexander's across from the Franklin Park mall has great food, but the atmosphere is not fine; more like Blue Collar fine. You could go to the casino and drop a bundle at the Final Cut Steakhouse, but I've heard too many people say that the Final Cut isn't worth it. I've never been, but that's what I've heard.

If we can leave town, then I'd strongly suggest two places:
1. Rose & Thistle in Perrysburg. This place has it all, and the quality of the fare, the service and the atmosphere make it a real deal.
2. Maumee Wines in the Parkway Plaza in Maumee. I haven't been to Maumee Wines in quite a long while now, and I'm overdue for a visit. That said, this was once the place to go for a true gourmet, fine dining experience. Maumee Wines beat Fifi's like a red-headed stepson, and the rest of the pack didn't stand a chance. It's small, about six tables, but the whole package is great. Since the bad old days a few other places have opened and provided some competition - Rose and Thistle, for instance.

I'll probably get some argument about my suggestions, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

I'd like to see suggestions from SensorG, who really has good judgement on restaurants, and JustRead, who has been around this particular block on numerous occasions and is rumored to own a controlling interest in the tee-shirt concession.

posted by madjack on May 30, 2014 at 10:21:22 am     #  

Registry Bistro (sometimes too salty), Element 112 (food great, atmosphere not so much), Black Forest Cafe (weirdly wonderful for being a hidden hole in the wall), Maumee Wines (100% perfect), Village Idiot (best pizza in the area), Rose & Thistle (#1 best place for steak), Ottawa Tavern (only right now, while they retain their current chef and are using "all crumbs" bakery buns, and only if you get the burger), Ye Old Durty Bird (best menu downtown by far), Final Cut (#2 best place for steak and unmatched atmosphere), Frog Leg Inn (only place for french food in the area), Middle East Market (get the vegetarian sampler), Petit Fours (just for the desserts), Mac & Tong's (If you let Tong make you whatever she is in the mood to make), Pho Vietnam (if you can get past the god awful atmosphere), Wei Wei (i've loved everything i've had and feels like the most authentic non americanized chinese in the area)

posted by upso on May 30, 2014 at 11:06:44 am     #   1 person liked this

i can't pick one by the way

posted by upso on May 30, 2014 at 11:07:03 am     #   1 person liked this

Money not being an object, I'd say Final Cut.

posted by bucknut on May 30, 2014 at 11:12:21 am     #   1 person liked this

Who me?
I've never recovered from the loss of Diva. But, the recovery plan would include Registry Bistro, and Chef Erika Rapp.

If you liked Revolution Grille you may want to check out Chef Rob Campbell's new summer menu at Stella's, which begins today.

Not the best restaurant in Toledo, but a perennial high-performer with no waiting is 3100 at the Radisson Toledo. Chef Kabir, and his co-horts Dana and Rashid never disappoint. They have a new menu, even better than the last. Try the Salmon BLT, or some of the best regular/non-gastropub burgers in town. Throughout all the changes on the hotel side, they have maintained remarkable standards. If you are there tomorrow before or after the big shindig for the MCOMUOUTMC 50th anniversary, I'll buy you a drink. Just wear something that I can identify you by, like a carnation in your lapel. I'll be the guy in the suit.

posted by justread on May 30, 2014 at 11:17:17 am     #  

Read upso's post and came back to vouch for Mac and Tong's. I've been a fan since they were on Reynolds in the 80s-90s.

posted by justread on May 30, 2014 at 11:19:03 am     #  

I had to think long and hard about this one. Then I just decided to let my stomach do the thinking, not my brain. If I could eat anything I wanted, cost is not an issue, from any restaurant in Toledo tonight, what sounds great ?

Elbo Room pizza !

posted by foodie88 on May 30, 2014 at 11:55:45 am     #  

Elbo Room pizza !

I may be violently ill.

I also vote for Mac and Tong's, and have been a loyal patron since the 80s. Mac and Tong's is always good, and the atmosphere is friendly.

posted by madjack on May 30, 2014 at 12:12:33 pm     #  

Oh, okay. I almost said The Beirut, because it truly is one of my top two favorite restaurants in Toledo, the other being Georgio's.

But, I did say, I chose my answer based on what sounds good tonight. That said, an Elbo Room pizza and a beer sounds good for tonight. Tomorrow night I am making pastitsio and spanakopita for dinner, and with a glass of red Greek wine, that sounds good, too .

madjack, you may really be violently ill when I tell you that I also love those cheap frozen Totinos pizza. The crust is so crispy.

posted by foodie88 on May 30, 2014 at 01:03:38 pm     #  

El Camino Real ;)

posted by presbacon on May 30, 2014 at 01:17:11 pm     # might be onto something......Mancy's ought to close the current location and open up a downtown steakhouse. Toledo is missing something that every big(ger) city needs...a top notch quality steakhouse in a downtown setting.

posted by BulldogBuckeye on May 30, 2014 at 01:39:17 pm     #  

Bad news guys-maumee wines stopped serving food about a month ago. No idea what's up with rose and thistle, but they don't seem to have consistent hours.

I think downtown Toledo is stealing business from the burbs... ;)

Without weighing in too much, I must say I love The ambiance at Mancys Steakhouse, and would be very bummed if they did any updates. steakhouses belong in a dark brick and dark wood .

posted by ahmahler on May 30, 2014 at 01:50:31 pm     #  

I am officially depressed. Here's what is going on with Maumee Wines, straight from the website:

New Proprietors' Jeff and Dawn Rozek

That's the way it appears on the web site, and they are now offering an exclusive selection of 'craft' beer. Bud, Bud Light, Mick, Mick Light...

Without weighing in too much, I must say I love The ambiance at Mancys Steakhouse, and would be very bummed if they did any updates. steakhouses belong in a dark brick and dark wood .

Which suits Mancy's just fine - except that when you turn on the lights you'll note that the carpet was old during the civil rights era.

posted by madjack on May 30, 2014 at 02:46:07 pm     #  

We tried the Rose & Thistle a couple of months ago and I was blown away by how good it was. My hub got a steak and I had the crab cakes. We ended up splitting our meals so we each had surf and turf, and it was amazing. The steak was outstanding, perfectly seasoned and cooked, and the crab cakes were pretty much lump crab meat with a lemon aoli -- I don't think there was a crumb of filler.

I dreamed about that meal for weeks.

Upso, have you seen Black Forest's menu for tonight? Their beef bourgignon is to die for.

posted by Anniecski on May 30, 2014 at 02:54:13 pm     #  

Maumee Vines has been owned by Jeff and Dawn Rozek for a few years if my memory serves me right. Rumor I heard was one is terminally ill, and while the retail side is still open, the food side has been shut down.

posted by webrioter on May 30, 2014 at 03:08:40 pm     #  

After reading the responses I recognize I am long past due to try Registry Bistro and Revolution Grill. I don't think Mancy's or the Beirut are bad answers based on my experiences though I would agree that Mancy's would have to invest in some improvements to take the top seed and... I'm not sure those investments would correlate into profitability in Toledo if they have reached a price threshold for the area they serve. Mac and Tongs and also Eddie Lee's are extremely consistent Toledo players I consider very good. Eddie Lee's isn't fancy but night in and night out they satisfy a lot of the plus 55 crowd that wants something better than chain food but is value conscious.

After trying Revolution and Registry I'll narrow my response down to ONE - the Best...

One more note - not to harp on Mancy's but I would love to see them mirror Peter Luger's in Brooklyn and be Toledo's Steak House. Cut out 1/2 the menu - again - be a Steak House. "What do we do? We do Steak better than anyone in Northwest Ohio!" just for kicks here's the link for Peter Luger's.

posted by Danneskjold on May 30, 2014 at 03:53:28 pm     #  

I haven't been to Revolution Grille since Rob left. Anybody know what the effect has been?

posted by justread on May 30, 2014 at 04:02:01 pm     #  

I feel bad, I don't have a favorite restaurant. I do love the Registry Bistro and Mancy's Blue Water. Star of India is my favorite Indian. I love the burger at Burger Bar 419 it is my favorite burger but it's not a nice place to hang out.

Stella has a the best beer selection in town, food is above average food. Hanging with friends, I prefer Doc Watsons or Sideline Maumee. If I want to grab a beer and bite by myself, I head to Trotters.

posted by SensorG on May 30, 2014 at 11:04:57 pm     #  

I would stay away from Revolution. Unfortunately, it has turned into corporate mediocrity. Initially a chef driven concept, I would say it is wildly inconsistent. Instead, go to Stella's that's where the chef went. They may rope another talented chef in at some point, but right now, it's corporate chefs writing menus via long distance for line cooks.

posted by ahmahler on May 30, 2014 at 11:35:43 pm     #  

Our favorite restaurants are Georgio's and The Real Seafood Company.We have not tried the Registry Bistro so I can not comment on it.

posted by buckeye278 on Jun 01, 2014 at 10:14:26 am     #  

Mancy's for sure. Georgio's is a close second

posted by jamesteroh on Jun 01, 2014 at 07:24:11 pm     #  

Yum Yum Burger?

posted by MIJeff on Jun 01, 2014 at 07:31:56 pm     #  

Yum yum has sadly been closed a couple / few years now. Truly a terrible location for such a glorious hamburg.

posted by upso on Jun 01, 2014 at 08:19:57 pm     #  

If we are also talking closed up restaurants I am going with Angelo's spaghetti house (pizza).

posted by moxie on Jun 01, 2014 at 08:46:42 pm     #  

A topic that needs separate categories---fine dining, middle-of-the-road fare, and pizza/bar grub.

posted by McCaskey on Jun 01, 2014 at 08:53:16 pm     #