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New Restaurants Next To Maumee Meijer

Article in paper says two more restaurants are moving in next to the new Packo's. Anyone know what?

created by mixman on Jul 16, 2017 at 02:59:44 pm     Food     Comments: 25

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http://corelifeeatery.com/

posted by mk123 on Jul 16, 2017 at 10:22:53 pm     #  

An upstart hotdog place outta upstate NY. http://www.johnnyslunch.com/
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posted by TrilbyGuy on Jul 17, 2017 at 12:27:35 am     #  

Trying to remember why I've heard of this place before..........

posted by Foodie on Jul 17, 2017 at 07:49:16 am     #  

Foodie posted at 08:49:16 AM on Jul 17, 2017:

Trying to remember why I've heard of this place before..........

There was a Hot Dog Johnny's at the corner of Talmadge and Sylvania not too too long ago.

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Jul 17, 2017 at 08:04:11 am     #  

BulldogBuckeye posted at 09:04:11 AM on Jul 17, 2017:
Foodie posted at 08:49:16 AM on Jul 17, 2017:

Trying to remember why I've heard of this place before..........

There was a Hot Dog Johnny's at the corner of Talmadge and Sylvania not too too long ago.

I'm 99% sure that this company - Johnny's Lunch - is the restaurant that was on Talmadge and Sylvania.

posted by dell_diva on Jul 17, 2017 at 09:24:35 am     #  

It was a joke. The place was open for a couple of years but they never did open their 25 nw ohio locations. http://www.toledoblade.com/Retail/2007/02/27/Hot-dog-chain-sets-its-sights-on-Toledo.html

posted by TrilbyGuy on Jul 17, 2017 at 09:27:37 am     #  

Corelife looks good. It'll be nice to have another place nearby that promotes healthy options. Total 21st century QSR like Balance, Fusion, those new pizza places, etc.

Johnny's Lunch is re-entering the market? And in a strip with the iconic local hot dog heavyweight? That takes... um, gusto. I missed them last time around. I'll try and make it over there this time.

With eight restaurants in the Meijer lot, this is becoming Maumee's food court.

posted by mixman on Jul 17, 2017 at 10:13:53 am     #  

Well the blade did not seem to like it:

"The Calamuncis call their signature sauce "famous" and "world-class," describing it as "a Greek-originated Coney sauce with an Italian flavor" and a "tangy but not spicy taste."

Tangy it is, but I would beg to disagree with the "world-class" designation. In a city replete with authentic Greek Coney Islands and other ethnic chili dogs, Johnny's sauce comes off as taste-free goop - a pureed, probably tomato-based sludge that overruns not just the hot dogs but the burgers and fries."

http://www.toledoblade.com/Restaurant-Reviews/2007/08/30/Restaurant-review-Johnny-s-Lunch.html

posted by glasscityguy on Jul 17, 2017 at 11:46:31 am     #  

We stopped by that Johnny's Lunch Box once around 10:45 pm or so. I think they closed at 11:00. It was just my husband and I and our young (7-8) son. Instead of taking our order, they gave, and I mean GAVE, us an order that someone had called in and never picked up. It was a 12 person order, including shakes. Even at free, the food was terrible! Never went back!

posted by llz on Jul 17, 2017 at 11:56:05 am     #  

I hope Johnny's doesn't reenter the market. Food was mediocre at best. I never knew they planned on opening so many places here.

I believe Del Taco had originally planned on opening up eight spots in Northwest Ohio. Was disappointed to see them fail here.

posted by classylady on Jul 17, 2017 at 12:21:07 pm     #   1 person liked this

I would be delighted to see Del Taco back. I think they mentioned looking for a different location when the Secor store was closing, and they didn't so much fail as the land became more valuable than the restaurant so the owner decided to sell.

posted by mixman on Jul 17, 2017 at 01:27:23 pm     #  

We miss Del Taco too!! At first we didn't care for it. But because the lines at the two closest Taco Bells' are always so long, we just started going to Del Taco more and more. Now we don't like Taco Bell. Del Taco had a good burger and crinkle cut fries too!

posted by llz on Jul 17, 2017 at 02:20:26 pm     #   1 person liked this

I also miss Del Taco. Much better than Taco Bell.

posted by jamesteroh on Jul 17, 2017 at 10:10:00 pm     #   1 person liked this

jamesteroh posted at 11:10:00 PM on Jul 17, 2017:

I also miss Del Taco. Much better than Taco Bell.

My guess is that if Del Taco was all over the place, and Taco Bells were hard to find.......people would be raving about how good Taco Bell was too.

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Jul 18, 2017 at 08:45:27 am     #   1 person liked this

"Better than Taco Bell" doesn't do any place justice. Hell my work boots are probably better than Taco Bell

posted by steve155 on Jul 18, 2017 at 10:28:20 am     #   1 person liked this

Count me in the miss Del Taco crowd. Never thought fries went with tacos but damn those fries were good.

posted by Xbuckeyex on Jul 18, 2017 at 10:38:53 am     #   1 person liked this

Scarcity of a commodity often drives up demand. There may be more to it, though. Compare a few menu items...

Chicken at DT is grilled over a flame. Chicken at TB is boiled in a bag.

Cheese at DT is grated from whole blocks daily. Cheese at TB comes from a bag with anti-caking 'dust' to keep it from sticking together.

Tortillas at DT are kept refrigerated for freshness. Tortillas at TB are engineered by NASA to have a one year shelf life and stored at room temperature.

Salsas at DT are made in store daily. Salsas at TB are poured out of a jug.

Refried beans at DT are made from scratch daily. Beans at TB are boiled in a bag.

The list goes on. Taco Bell eliminated most kitchen prep work, which they once featured in all their stores. If you went there before about 1992, the taco meat and tortillas used to taste better. They have interesting limited time offers so most people don't care - or know any better.

posted by mixman on Jul 18, 2017 at 10:41:27 am     #  

I don't care much for Crinkle fries but liked Del Taco's. I never thought a Mexican fast food restaurant would have good milk shakes but got a coupon on my birthday for a free shake (something else I liked about DT was their birthday club and email rewards program) and it was pretty good. A lot better than you'd get at McDonalds or most other fast food drive thrus

The quality of the meat and cheese in the DT tacos was better than Taco Bells as well.

posted by jamesteroh on Jul 18, 2017 at 03:33:07 pm     #  

I really miss the Queseda's from DT.

posted by jamesteroh on Jul 18, 2017 at 03:33:30 pm     #  

I ate at Del Taco once and really didn't care for it. I guess I should have given them another shot.

posted by JoeyGee on Jul 18, 2017 at 05:40:32 pm     #  

Oh yes! Their shakes were awesome. Super rich!

posted by llz on Jul 18, 2017 at 07:14:50 pm     #  

JoeyGee posted at 06:40:32 PM on Jul 18, 2017:

I ate at Del Taco once and really didn't care for it. I guess I should have given them another shot.

Apologies in advance to all the DT fans here but, trust me JoeyGee, you didn't miss a thing. We gave DT three chances - and everyone was beyond disappointing. None of us ever finished our food - at any of our three trips. Good friggin' riddance!

posted by Foodie on Jul 18, 2017 at 07:54:25 pm     #  

Sounds like the key to Del Taco is eating the non Mexican food. In a Mexican restaurant.

posted by JoeyGee on Jul 18, 2017 at 09:07:34 pm     #  

I miss Del Taco's Epic Shrimp Burritos. Also, their fish tacos. For whatever reason, on the few occasions I was enjoying a drink or three, Drunk Me would always crave Del Taco. I hope they come back to West Toledo.

I can't see Drunk Me going for Packo's.

posted by Anniecski on Aug 12, 2017 at 06:34:35 pm     #   1 person liked this

One of the best things about them was their hours - 24/7. I went there a ton of times working nights when the only other places open were burgers or breakfast. Tacos at 5am? Absolutely.

posted by mixman on Aug 12, 2017 at 06:41:09 pm     #