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Patio Dining Report

On Memorial Day, my wife and I were looking for a restaurant with a nice, outside patio for our late lunch/early dinner. We thought about going downtown to Maumee Bay Brewing Company, but we weren't sure if they did in fact have an outside patio.

We ended up going to Granite City at Fallen Timbers.

Pros:

Great wine selection and nice ambiance. Good food. I had a buffalo burger and it was excellent. Nice sandbox for the kids to play in afterwards.

Cons:

I would in fact rather go downtown; not a huge fan of Fallen Timbers.

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With the above in mind, how about starting a "patio report" thread to aid in summer dining options?

created by Dappling2 on Jun 02, 2016 at 08:54:42 pm     Comments: 24

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Mutz in the basement of the Oliver House has an outdoor patio. Same food as Maumee Bay. It's enclosed by the building and now has heaters, which is nice in the winter months.

posted by Nolan_Rosenkrans on Jun 02, 2016 at 09:13:27 pm     #  

I like this suggestion. Love the outdoor dining/patio at the docks.

Blarney is my favorite patio downtown. And they allow dogs as long as they are well behaved.

posted by jamesteroh on Jun 02, 2016 at 09:44:49 pm     #  

San Marcos on Laskey has a nice patio set up. Have heard mixed reviews. Enjoyed my meal, service and surroundings there last week.

posted by TrilbyGuy on Jun 02, 2016 at 09:50:04 pm     #  

Love the patio at Mutz and the Docks. I'm done with patio dining downtown after getting approached by panhandlers on two separate occasions while eating.

posted by dell_diva on Jun 02, 2016 at 10:04:17 pm     #  

I enjoy the 2 patios at Rosies...

posted by Mike21 on Jun 02, 2016 at 10:27:22 pm     #  

We also enjoy the cozy courtyard at Mutz.


And we like their beer and food, especially the Betty's Salad and the duck wings.


I haven't tried sitting outside in the winter time at Mutz.


We save our outdoor, wintertime dining and drinking for home. Set the beer in a snowbank.

posted by jr on Jun 02, 2016 at 10:40:13 pm     #   1 person liked this

Swig has a small patio area. Its nothing special, but I'd take any excuse to head out there

Firepit Grille on Airport Hwy has an awesome outdoor set up, a small but quality beer list, and decent food.

posted by taliesin52 on Jun 03, 2016 at 09:15:19 am     #  

Bar 145 on Monroe has a nice outdoor patio.
Webbers Waterfront Restaurant & Lounge has a great outdoor patio on the water.

posted by SJD on Jun 03, 2016 at 09:19:02 am     #  

The Mutz courtyard is great. One of my favorite spots when I was living in Toledo.

posted by clt212 on Jun 03, 2016 at 09:45:42 am     #  

This weeks city paper has a section on the patios in toledo

posted by jamesteroh on Jun 03, 2016 at 12:14:51 pm     #  

Thanks Jamersteroh...

My better half says that I work too much. I am going to give her the benefit of the doubt.

With that in mind, I have vowed to her that we are going hit a different patio every Sunday that we are in town.

We started two weeks ago with Granite City. As of right now, they are the winner. I give them an "A-." The only drawback is that I hate the faux manufactured suburbia that is Fallen Timbers.

We have gone the last two weekends.

Here are the reports:

Dégagé

Pros:

Easy accessible
Easy to get seated
Pig wings were good
Cool atmosphere

Cons:

I am not sure about the menu. Every thing is "bacon this and bacon that"
-Not enough bread in the bread order
-Kind of pretentious
-Service...I felt hurried and the server had to "check" when I asked him several basic questions

Not sure I would go back...better places in Toledo for the price

Overall grade: C+

posted by Dappling2 on Jun 12, 2016 at 06:29:40 pm     #  

Swig in Perrysburg

Pros:

Easy accessible
Easy to get seated
Food was good. I liked their baked chicken chunks. The pretzels and the dip were the bomb.
Great microbrew selection if that is your thing and not a half bad wine list.

Cons:

-Service was average. I think our server was 12 years old. This is also one of my pet peeves..don't assume I am done and slap the bill down. Maybe I want another glass of wine!
- Order was screwed up. I ordered chunks with half one sauce and half another as my significant other and I have different tastes. The server/kitchen interpreted it as "mix the two sauces together. :-(

I rarely cross the river. However, I would go back for round two. I would somewhat recommend them and actually somewhat liked the vibe.

Overall grade: B+ (87%)

posted by Dappling2 on Jun 12, 2016 at 06:36:53 pm     #  

Dappling2 posted at 07:36:53 PM on Jun 12, 2016:

Swig in Perrysburg

Pros:

Easy accessible
Easy to get seated

Food was good. I liked their baked chicken chunks. The pretzels and the dip were the bomb.

Great microbrew selection if that is your thing and not a half bad wine list.

Cons:

-Service was average. I think our server was 12 years old. This is also one of my pet peeves..don't assume I am done and slap the bill down. Maybe I want another glass of wine!
- Order was screwed up. I ordered chunks with half one sauce and half another as my significant other and I have different tastes. The server/kitchen interpreted it as "mix the two sauces together. :-(

I rarely cross the river. However, I would go back for round two. I would somewhat recommend them and actually somewhat liked the vibe.

Overall grade: B+ (87%)

Ha-we were there tonight, on the patio and had the same server. Same experience- She's new. Most of the servers there are really good.

posted by ahmahler on Jun 12, 2016 at 08:32:00 pm     #  

Swigs is the epitome of hipsterdom. You can cut the haze of pretention with a knife. Food is so so. Tries to be like a hipper version of a Jeds menu......and forgets to make it taste as good. 3 times Ive been there and 2 times they were out of at least 3 draft beers I asked for. "we're out of that". "we're out of that". "we're out of that"...wtf ....Well, what do you have? Pabst?

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Jun 13, 2016 at 10:20:16 am     #  

Swigs is great, but the service has always been mediocre at best. The food and beer selection make up for it.

As for the "epitome of hipsterdom", I think you have the wrong bar all together. My middle age friends and I are hardly hipsters (though I do sport a beard) and everyone there pretty much looks like us.

Jed's has some of the worst bar food in Toledo, hands down. And the beer selections consists of pretty much mass produced watery lagers. They aren't even in the same ball park...

posted by SensorG on Jun 13, 2016 at 10:30:50 am     #   1 person liked this

You done gone crazay? Jed's has thee best bar food in Toledo area, top to bottom. Starting with Fireballs. Deelish. Pizza, burgers, wings....all very good.

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Jun 13, 2016 at 11:32:42 am     #  

It is a sad day in the life of mediocre, to have Swing's service on their best day compared to it. I cringe any time someone suggest going there.

posted by In_vin_veritas on Jun 13, 2016 at 12:00:02 pm     #  

to each their own! :)

posted by upso on Jun 13, 2016 at 12:09:15 pm     #  

3 times Ive been there and 2 times they were out of at least 3 draft beers I asked for. "we're out of that". "we're out of that". "we're out of that"...wtf ....Well, what do you have? Pabst?

Rotating drafts. "We're out of that" Happens by design-The question to be asked is-"What has replaced that?". One of the best things about Swig is how quickly they rotate drafts. If you can't find anything on tap you like-check out the cooler-filled with, again rotating-eclectic import and craft beers.

As far as hipster food...I don't get it.

Jeds? As Upso said-to each their own. You may want to give Swig another try though-particularly for a beer or 2.

posted by ahmahler on Jun 13, 2016 at 12:40:08 pm     #  

***Jeds Perrysburg. I will not vouch for the one on Reynolds or anywhere else...those have way too many issues. The Pburg location seems to clearly separate itself from the others.

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Jun 13, 2016 at 01:18:53 pm     #  

^^ Wow O_O ! That review is simultaneously brutal, funny, and probably quite accurate. It speaks volumes about the modern Jed's experience - at least in April 2013. The Govitos may have cleaned up some things from the days of excess, but apparently not the counters, and it sounds like a major drop in staff talent. Maybe all the hotties shuttled over to Tilted Kilt when that opened.

I still miss Fat Freddy's... chicken chunks with ham and home fries, TVs in the walls, 100oz tap pitchers. Those were the days.

posted by mixman on Jun 13, 2016 at 06:50:10 pm     #  

We gave FirePit another try tonight. Really, a great patio. The whole thing was weird though. Ok service, but untrained and over staffed. Food was actually ok. I tried the BBq brisket and ribs. Very small portions of meat. No one seemed to know the beer choices and when I went to the bar to look at tap handles and the bottles in the cooler, I was asked 20 questions about my tastes. Finally, when the manger advised a beer the bartender barked that they were actually out of-the bartender pointed to a way off yonder spot, indicating a beer menu posted near the door. The manager and I wandered over there, this menu board listed 6 beers, but there were at least 15 different handles. I spotted a handle that interestes me, and they finally got me the beer.

Something is wrong with this place. I really wish it were better. Good news, Tigers were on:)

posted by ahmahler on Jun 13, 2016 at 09:22:19 pm     #  

Ahmahler...that was up on our list. Thanks for the scouting report. We will go elsewhere.

You hit the nail on the head...poor, disorganized service seems to be the norm. I wonder how much training various local restaurants give to their workers. Poorly trained workers with no knowledge of the menu, who interrupt when I am in the midst of a conversation, etc. seems to be the norm.

posted by Dappling2 on Jun 13, 2016 at 09:38:38 pm     #