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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: 87

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That's a hard one!

Registry Bistro

posted by toledolen_ on May 29, 2014 at 11:53:56 pm     #   3 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     #  

Beirut

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     #  

Madjack.....you 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.
http://peterluger.com/brooklyn-menu/

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     #  

i liked this thread... thought i would use it to pass this on.

manhatten's has reverted back to a more casual setting and brought back music. understand why they tried to make a go of it as a higher end place.... but i prefer it as a more casual stop-in-for-a-beer place and still a great menu.

posted by enjoyeverysandwich on Aug 13, 2015 at 10:13:40 am     #   2 people liked this

Nice bump of the thread-couple more updates to report:
Mancy's downtown, the place could use a facelift.

It got one, and it looks great.

Maumee Wines-The former owner, Richard, has moved on to take over buying responsibilities at Churchill's Briarfield. The couple that bought the place last year have hired a guy named Chris to run it-It sounds like he knows what he's talking about from a food perspective. He is also slowly but enthusiastically learning about wine. He is a younger guy that has traveled and has planted roots here-Loves sustainable/ Organic farming. He envisions a youthful crowd with great wine values and kick ass pizza. The Pizzas LOOK great, I'll be trying them next week.

I certainly hope, at this point, that everyone that pleaded ignorance to Registry has now been there. No excuses!

posted by ahmahler on Aug 13, 2015 at 11:09:20 am     #  

They moved Mancy's downtown? When the hell did that happen?

posted by justread on Aug 13, 2015 at 11:12:10 am     #   1 person liked this

Madjack:
Where is Mancy's at downtown??? I never knew they had a downtown restaurant and I live and work downtown.

I'm going to have to check out Registry one of these days. I walk past there most days on my walk home from the office and I like how they have the windows that open outside on nice days.

My favorite places with money being no object for fine dining are either Rockwell's or Georgio's. Georgio's has reasonable priced lunches. For more moderate price dining it would be Maumee Bay brew pub at the Oliver House, I love their pizza's and the homemade chips and they have the best Reuben's.

posted by classylady on Aug 13, 2015 at 12:12:11 pm     #   1 person liked this

justread posted at 11:12:10 AM on Aug 13, 2015:

They moved Mancy's downtown? When the hell did that happen?

Is geography-nazi a thing? If I can get to the Cherry St Bridge in 5 minutes, I'm ok with Madjack calling it downtown, even though it clearly isn't.

posted by ahmahler on Aug 13, 2015 at 12:19:13 pm     #  

It's... It's really not at all, though. The University of Toledo is as close to downtown as Mancy's Steakhouse is. Just because people lump anything east of the 75/475 split as "downtown" doesn't make it so.

As for best restaurants, I listed Registry a while back, and it's probably still at the top. But I also need to throw out Rockwell's name. I've eaten there twice: one was pretty average, and one was absolutely perfect. I guess I need a tiebreaker.

Another I always enjoy is Degage Cafe. Sometimes they seem to go a little overboard with the flavorings in their dishes, but all in all, I've never left there and not been extremely pleased with the experience.

posted by Johio83 on Aug 13, 2015 at 12:42:09 pm     #   1 person liked this

It's... It's really not at all, though. The University of Toledo is as close to downtown as Mancy's Steakhouse is. Just because people lump anything east of the 75/475 split as "downtown" doesn't make it so.

Yeah-ok. Agreed.

posted by ahmahler on Aug 13, 2015 at 12:49:46 pm     #  

You want to see geography Nazis?
Tell someone from the OWE that you are buying an OWE house, on Maplewood.

posted by justread on Aug 13, 2015 at 01:08:34 pm     #   6 people liked this

Hahaha, Justread. I'm so guilty of that.

ps. Maplewood? Really?

posted by toledolen_ on Aug 13, 2015 at 02:47:33 pm     #  

What? It's one block outside, right?

posted by justread on Aug 13, 2015 at 02:49:37 pm     #  

OWE boundaries are tricky. Was there a shooting? Not the OWE. Something hipster-y, artsy? Definitely the OWE.

posted by dell_diva on Aug 13, 2015 at 02:54:32 pm     #   4 people liked this

Oh, come on. It's not THAT BAD.

Anyhoo, Maplewood is just a little ehhhhhhh - hence the "why would you buy a house on Maplewood"? Things can go from great to sketchy pretty quickly from street to street... so that feeds the geography Nazis.

posted by toledolen_ on Aug 13, 2015 at 02:58:17 pm     #  

OWE boundary map:

http://toledooldwestend.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/OWEhistoricdisctrict.pdf

Maplewood is located one street outside of the western edge of the boundary, which includes Glenwood.

posted by jr on Aug 13, 2015 at 03:06:27 pm     #  

Actually jr, that is the OWE Historic District map. Here is the Old West End map. Everyone in the OWE Historic District lives in the OWE, but not everyone who lives in the OWE lives in the OWE Historic District :-)

http://timault.tripod.com/old_west_end_neighborhood_map.html

posted by gamegrrl on Aug 13, 2015 at 04:19:47 pm     #  

https://youtu.be/NaqGBF9nUb8?t=277

posted by MIJeff on Aug 13, 2015 at 04:35:26 pm     #  

Okay, so Mancy's is not exactly downtown. I was close, though, and you have to make allowances.

I've been to The Dégagé Jazz Café several times, and it's kind of a crap shoot. The service is inconsistent, which can be fixed if you complain about it, which I guess is a good thing. The food has its own ups and downs. I'll probably go back again, mainly for the music and the ambiance.

I ate at Mac and Tong's recently and was glad I did. The drinks were good, the dinner was outstanding.

I try to stay out of the OWE as much as possible, mainly because of the Maplewood problem and the associated crime rate.

posted by madjack on Aug 13, 2015 at 06:20:06 pm     #  

I try to stay out of the OWE as much as possible, mainly because of the Maplewood problem and the associated crime rate

I'm afraid once I start buying OWE properties, I may not be able to stop. Happened to a friend.

posted by justread on Aug 14, 2015 at 06:02:28 am     #  

The Beruit is an exceptional restaurant. Surprising item: the steaks I've had there are some of the best I've ever had. Not to metion their Lebanese fare is fantastic. I've also heard their pizza is outstanding. I really like the old school feel of the place. Like restaurants used to be....whatever that mean.

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Aug 14, 2015 at 03:47:57 pm     #  

Second vote for Beruit. Made me fall in love with Hungarian food.

Packo's was a favorite too, man I miss those pickles and chili.

Claddagh as well!

posted by INeedCoffee on Aug 18, 2015 at 04:55:24 am     #  

Second vote for Beruit. Made me fall in love with Hungarian food.

Huh?

posted by Anniecski on Aug 18, 2015 at 09:02:43 am     #  

I think maybe he meant "Budapest"?

posted by llz on Aug 18, 2015 at 10:58:52 am     #   2 people liked this

One of my wife and I's favorite places that has not been mentioned here is Gradkowski's next to UT. Never had a bad meal here and when we're looking for something for a special occasion or celebrating, Gradkowski's is the first place that comes up.

posted by WarriorDome on Aug 18, 2015 at 11:38:42 am     #  

I finally made my first visit to Gradkowski's last night.

The food was good. We had the goat cheese appetizer, which was very good. Entrees were the filet and ribeye, and came out exactly how we requested.

The server recommended a Bee's Knees cocktail for me and it was delicious. It's not something I would have ordered on my own, so I'm glad I took the server's recommendation.

As an added bonus, I bumped into one of the only TTers who I'd actually recognize in public there.

posted by mom2 on Aug 29, 2015 at 12:26:34 pm     #  

anyone know... is Ipoh under new ownership ?

posted by enjoyeverysandwich on Oct 10, 2015 at 12:52:56 pm     #  

International pancake of house?

posted by MIJeff on Oct 10, 2015 at 01:33:07 pm     #   2 people liked this

Mocking someone for a typo that's the Mljeff I remember

posted by moxie on Oct 10, 2015 at 02:21:19 pm     #   1 person liked this

Connie that used to own IPOH moved away about 3 years ago.

posted by jhop on Oct 10, 2015 at 03:47:21 pm     #  

Oh, Hey-since this is a restaurant thread- I'll mention this here-

Rob Campbell, the opening partner chef of Revolution Grille, just bought it back with a couple of partners. He took over last Tuesday. Main Street Ventures is out. Rob is very talented and sincere. I'm a big fan personally and professionally. He left over differing philosophies about 1 1/2 yrs ago. He's been at Stella's trying to turn that around for those 18months. Previous to Revolution-He opened Mancys Blue Water and was there until Revolution opened.

Fun fact-it opened for business the same day as Registry Bistro. As well as the same month as Element 112.

posted by ahmahler on Oct 11, 2015 at 08:15:23 pm     #  

MIJeff posted at 01:33:07 PM on Oct 10, 2015:

International pancake of house?

I didn't know either. I think it's this:
http://www.ipohtoledo.com/

posted by justread on Oct 11, 2015 at 10:37:40 pm     #  

justread posted at 10:37:40 PM on Oct 11, 2015:
MIJeff posted at 01:33:07 PM on Oct 10, 2015:

International pancake of house?

I didn't know either. I think it's this:
http://www.ipohtoledo.com/

Man that is some tasty looking food in the pictures.

posted by MIJeff on Oct 12, 2015 at 03:14:36 am     #  

I am always amazed that Ipoh is still open for business. Its been a long time since I've been there, but after my third bout of food poisoning I gave up. I'd rather eat out of a dumpster than eat there again. Even when I was eating there regularly as a college student (only so many options when you had to walk everywhere) I can't say the food was great. My staple, the garlic chicken, was a small amount of chicken, and 430 tons of carrots and a little bit of sauce.

For more info on Ipoh: http://www.13abc.com/news/rrc/headlines/Restaurant-Report-Card-73015-Ipoh-320079671.html

posted by taliesin52 on Oct 12, 2015 at 06:03:23 am     #  

jhop.... thank you. connie was a big personality. i havent been there much the last few years. totally different vibe but the food was good, not great, just as before.

posted by enjoyeverysandwich on Oct 12, 2015 at 07:25:20 am     #  

Connie was great. Ate at IPOH about once a week from the day she opened to the day she left. Food was pretty basic, but the portions were crazy big and the prices were cheap. Stunned by how quickly the quality deteriorated in her absence.

Also tidbit/gossip:
Was recently visiting with a dear friend who was born and raised in Ann Arbor. He worked the A2 Real Seafood and the other "core" MSV restaurants from inception-1986ish, and he maintains Real Seafood and the rest of the original Main Street Ventures restaurants , like many A2 business' of the era, were built on drug money. No point here, but I like good food and I like weed. Just a little sorry I missed out on what sounds like a great time.

posted by SavageFred on Oct 12, 2015 at 12:57:30 pm     #   1 person liked this

From the article : Direct plumbing from the three compartment sink to the grease trap and floor drain that's causing the dish machine to back up into three compartment sink.

Oh yeah, that's real good. Anyone who's ever had to screw around with a grease trap will never forget it. Some of these places you have to use HAZMAT gear before you clean the trap. No wonder you got food poisoning.

posted by madjack on Oct 12, 2015 at 04:01:44 pm     #  

Domo Sushi .. great food at a great price - the best IMHO

posted by LoveToledoAndImNotCrazy on Oct 16, 2015 at 02:05:09 am     #  

I used to love IPOH for carry out but it started going downhill a few years and after a couple messed up orders and with BM Chen's being so close to my house back then, I stopped going there and didn't know they were even still in business. It's too bad because it was great for take out (I can't remember if you could even eat inside there but if you could there were only a couple tables and it was more of a carry out than dine in place), great food and huge portions and very reasonable. I have a few friends that are from China and they used to enjoy getting Chinese from there because they had a different menu that was more authentic Chinese than Americanized Chinese.

B.M. Chen's is a great place to go to for Chinese. The couple that owns it used to work for Flower Drum (that is another place that has really gone downhill since they left) and started their own business. It's at the old Long John Silver on Reynolds by Airport and they have the best Chinese in Toledo. The owner does all the cooking and they are great people. We have a good mutual friend and I feel bad because him and his wife can only speak a few words of English and he will come out and try to strike up a conversation if he sees me and if my friend isn't there to interpret I can't hold a conversation with him. A good friend of mine in Vegas has lived here all his life but his parents were born in China and lived there until they were 18 and they sent him to the Chinese School in San Fran where he grew up on weekends and he liked that they also had a Chinese menu with different dishes and I sampled what he ordered and it was also very tasty--the food wasn't deep fried or in thick sweet sauces like the food on the English menu. Prices are really reasonable and I always have enough food left over to take home for a second meal. There is no bar and I don't think they are planning on getting a liquor license.

I really like the Oliver House. I've never eaten at Rockwell's but have gone through it to get to the pub and it's really nice. I love the Brewhouse and Mutz's, great food and pretty reasonable and they have a loyalty card that puts 5% of your tab from any of their establishments on it you can use later. I go to Petit Fours the coffee shop a lot on my way to work. The L'Orange coffee is good and their coffee is cheaper than Biggby's and their pastries are amazing, I really like going there on Saturdays since all the pastry's are half off. This place could make a killing if they opened up at 6 or 6:30 instead of 8, a couple people in my office that come in at 8 said they would go there but they can't because they aren't open before they have to be in the office and I'm sure they would get a lot of OC people in the morning if they were open before they had to be to work.

posted by jamesteroh on Oct 16, 2015 at 09:38:53 am     #  

LoveToledoAndImNotCrazy posted at 02:05:09 AM on Oct 16, 2015:

Domo Sushi .. great food at a great price - the best IMHO

Get to Kengo's place.

I love Domo - I think they're pretty great - but Kengo is on a whole different level.

posted by endcycle on Oct 16, 2015 at 10:22:38 am     #   2 people liked this

@endcycle Thanks, I have to check Kengo's out (yelp reviews look great).

I was also going to mention Bangkok Kitchen for incredible flavorful taste at a great value.

posted by LoveToledoAndImNotCrazy on Oct 17, 2015 at 01:28:00 pm     #  

For Chinese, hands down Wei Wei. I've never had a bad meal there, their staff is friendly, and the menu has a few things on it that aren't on most menus.

posted by taliesin52 on Oct 17, 2015 at 07:09:25 pm     #   1 person liked this

taliesin52 posted at 07:09:25 PM on Oct 17, 2015:

For Chinese, hands down Wei Wei. I've never had a bad meal there, their staff is friendly, and the menu has a few things on it that aren't on most menus.

Agree, great authentic food ... (the 25c video store next door is also 'intriguing' )

posted by LoveToledoAndImNotCrazy on Oct 17, 2015 at 10:57:19 pm     #  

If by Toledo, we mean Toledo metro, then for Chinese I think Wei Wei and YaYa's Kitchen in Perrysburg, across from Levis, are the best in the area. For Japanese, I've heard that Kengo's is very good, but I haven't been there yet; the best Japanese restaurant in the region is in Findlay.

posted by swampprof on Oct 18, 2015 at 11:13:58 am     #  

Wei Wei has some decent competition from B. M. Chens, located on Reynolds Rd. just north of Airport. I can't rate one over the other.

posted by holland on Oct 18, 2015 at 07:41:12 pm     #  

holland posted at 07:41:12 PM on Oct 18, 2015:

Wei Wei has some decent competition from B. M. Chens, located on Reynolds Rd. just north of Airport. I can't rate one over the other.

Is that across from Byblos/ Reynolds Garden Cafe? I just noticed it for the first time recently. What's good there?

posted by ahmahler on Oct 18, 2015 at 08:22:00 pm     #  

BM Chen is across the street from Reynolds Garden in the old LJS building and I normally get their Sesame Chicken Combo. I've been to WeiWei a few times (been a couple years) and really liked their spicy chicken, my friend said WeiWei is the better place to go if you like seafood and if you don't want seafood he prefers Chen's. I think WeiWei has a liquor license

posted by jamesteroh on Oct 18, 2015 at 08:30:30 pm     #  

WeiWei does indeed have a liquer license.

posted by holland on Oct 19, 2015 at 04:26:30 pm     #  

swampprof posted at 11:13:58 AM on Oct 18, 2015:

If by Toledo, we mean Toledo metro, then for Chinese I think Wei Wei and YaYa's Kitchen in Perrysburg, across from Levis, are the best in the area. For Japanese, I've heard that Kengo's is very good, but I haven't been there yet; the best Japanese restaurant in the region is in Findlay.

YaYa's is spectacular. Ask the person behind the counter about specials.

posted by endcycle on Oct 19, 2015 at 07:01:52 pm     #  

Anyone have an recommendation for good Chinese places near downtown? All the good places I know are in the south end. I miss Golden Lily downtown (their new location on Reynolds was good when it first reopened and they had some of the downtown staff but went downhill fast).

posted by jamesteroh on Oct 20, 2015 at 10:51:49 am     #  

There is a carry out Chinese place that is on Broadway near the Mc Donalds just south of downtown. It's definitely not high quality but my grandparents always swore by it.

posted by upso on Oct 20, 2015 at 11:38:20 am     #  

Ok, I've been told that place is very dirty (Rice King)
I take it back!

posted by upso on Oct 20, 2015 at 12:11:16 pm     #  

I was told Rice King used to be a good place to go to at one time for carry out/delivery Chinese but has gone downhill the past five years. After reading the yelp reviews I'll pass:)

posted by jamesteroh on Oct 20, 2015 at 02:55:22 pm     #  

While on the subject of Chinese, the restaurant Taiwan which is around the corner from Wei Wei in the same plaza as Bunker's is pretty solid. Their salt and pepper popcorn chicken is great and their singapore noodles (my standard fare at any Chinese place) is good. Although I haven't had it, their Ramen special is supposed to be amazing.

posted by taliesin52 on Oct 20, 2015 at 05:09:52 pm     #  

We still get chinese in the point from the lighthouse or whatever its called now, the lighthouse portion blew off like back in the 70's.

posted by MIJeff on Oct 20, 2015 at 07:46:05 pm     #