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Mac & Tong's

I searched for a menu but to no avail. Can anyone give me a rough idea of the type of food served, price range (entree-wise), etc?

Much thanks! :)

created by PoshBug on Jan 04, 2010 at 07:12:21 pm     Food     Comments: 38

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Thats a faves of Upsos so he probably can point you in the right direction.

posted by Ryan on Jan 04, 2010 at 07:22:37 pm     #  


the menu is typical steakhouse / american fair.. good cuts of meat.. great seafood.. not a lot of specials but everything is always done to perfection.

what makes Mac & Tong's unique is Mac and Tong. I have known them for years, and have learned a thing or two about the menu...

1. Tong is Korean and if you let her cook for you (ie: you pick what you want.. say Shrimp, and ask her to prepare it however she wants) it will be amazing, and much more exotic than the standard fare. You'll probably end up with some teriyaki sauce in the mix, so if you don't like that don't let her choose for you. If you feel weird ordering things not on the menu, just tell the wait staff a friend of yours suggested you let Tong pick for you.

2. the "MAC-A-RITAS" are dangerous. don't have more than 2 if you plan to drive. seriously.

prices are reasonable ... say 12-25 per plate. the drinks are not cheap, so that can really get you if you're not careful.

the atmosphere is weird to put it blunt. its typically full of older Ottawa Hills retired people, and the space is small and somewhat "loungey" in vibe. often they have a piano player, but otherwise they might just have some of the tvs on at the bar playing news or sports.

Mac & Tongs is really the kind of place you need to visit a few times to get to know. Introduce yourselves to Mac & Tong if you can, and eventually you'll become good friends. Try lots of different things.. the "nutty pickerel" and the rack of lamb are two of my favorites, but these days i just get whatever seafood Tong feels like making me.

I really really really love that place.

posted by upso on Jan 04, 2010 at 09:57:15 pm     #  

also, just for the record, my parents are good friends with mac & tong as am i. My folks used to go to their old spot "OUR PLACE" on reynolds for yeeeears so they've been a part of my family for a long time. i realize that can affect my view of their restaurant so take my review with a grain of salt!

posted by upso on Jan 04, 2010 at 09:59:15 pm     #  

M & T's is fantastic. Just tell the waitress to bring out whatever Tong is cooking; it will be amazing.

posted by JohnnyMac on Jan 04, 2010 at 10:57:24 pm     #  

ah good. glad to see i'm not alone!

posted by upso on Jan 04, 2010 at 10:58:21 pm     #  

Good seafood is a rarity around here. Needless to say, M&T has just been added to my 'to try' list!

posted by PoshBug on Jan 05, 2010 at 01:22:53 am     #  

Sounds incredible! I've never heard of M&T's. Can someone please tell me where they are located?

posted by Foodie on Jan 05, 2010 at 10:07:41 am     #  

Mac and Tongs is a nice little cozy place with good food and drink.They also have some very experienced wait staff.When my wife and I want to feel younger than we are we go to Mac and Tongs because the clientele tend to be quite old.I am in my sixties and I feel like a kid when I go there.LOL!

posted by buckeye278 on Jan 05, 2010 at 10:18:21 am     #  

Foodie Ė I think it is called Saxon Square. A building on Central just west of Talmadge.

posted by Ryan on Jan 05, 2010 at 10:36:24 am     #  

It is not Saxon Square; that is down at Central and McCord. I believe it is the Ottawa Hills Plaza or something of the like. Northwest corner of Central and Talmadge, the entrance to M & T's is in the back of the plaza.

posted by JohnnyMac on Jan 05, 2010 at 10:48:35 am     #  

Oh - near Broer-Freeman jewelers and Betty Rumpf Interiors? I think it's called Ottawa Hills Village Center or something like that - but I think I know where you are talking about.

Thank you for the response. It truly sounds like food I'd enjoy.

posted by Foodie on Jan 05, 2010 at 10:48:51 am     #  

Yeah... That's where it is. You enter from the back parking lot. Only closed Sundays I believe.

posted by upso on Jan 05, 2010 at 11:28:10 am     #  

I can vouch for the friendliness of the proprietors, the deliciousness of the food and the advanced age of the patrons.

posted by Ace_Face on Jan 05, 2010 at 12:00:31 pm     #  

Thanks again upso!

posted by Foodie on Jan 05, 2010 at 08:54:28 pm     #

posted by toledolen on Jan 05, 2010 at 09:48:39 pm     #  

just incase you've somehow managed to not check out this absolute gem of Toledo dining... Mac & Tong's now has a facebook page with their menu as well as some cute videos of Tong cooking. If you're on FB, you should "like" the page. I know it would mean a lot to Tong.

posted by upso on Jun 25, 2010 at 07:07:35 pm     #  

From upso: My folks used to go to their old spot "OUR PLACE" on reynolds...

I didn't know Mac and Tong used to own Our Place. Main Lady and I ate there fairly often and always enjoyed it. That Mac really knows how to pour a drink, I'll say that for him. I'd order a dry martini, straight up, and Mac would always serve it like they did in the old days in really ritzy places; in a special small glass cocktail shaker.

I've eaten at Mac and Tong's several times and always enjoyed it. My friend Johnny the Hammer eats there all the time and recommended it to me.

I think next time I'll follow your advice and just ask Tong to cook something up with shrimp and see what I get.

posted by madjack on Jun 26, 2010 at 10:35:23 am     #  

You're not kidding about the drink pouring! ;)

posted by upso on Jun 26, 2010 at 10:42:45 am     #  

I have heard many good things about this place, but, given our current economic circumstances, will probably not be stopping by.

$22.95 for six shrimp and a prawn? Yikies.

posted by Anniecski on Jun 27, 2010 at 04:31:28 pm     #  

It's all relative. I just went and had a lousy brunch somewhere today and with bloody mary and tip totaled 25 bucks. I would gladly pay 22.95 for something that actually tasted good.

posted by Ryan on Jun 27, 2010 at 06:45:36 pm     #  

I hear you Anniecski
but if you're looking for a treat... the portion size and quality of the Shimp & Prawns is wonderful. Mac & Tong's may not be a weekly meals sort of place for most toledoans, but it's a perfect special occasion place if nothing else.

posted by upso on Jun 27, 2010 at 07:41:24 pm     #  

I need to get a friend with a nickname like
"Johnny the Hammer"

posted by Hoops on Jun 28, 2010 at 08:03:36 am     #   1 person liked this

Ryan -- where was the lousy brunch?

posted by Anniecski on Jun 28, 2010 at 08:04:51 am     #  

I donít want to say because I have had good food there before as well. I really donít like bad mouthing a place unless it really is deserved.

posted by Ryan on Jun 28, 2010 at 08:17:42 am     #  

I have one thing to say about Mac + Tong's, but unfortunately I have to censor it:


:: cries at memories of dinner the other night...

posted by anonymouscoward on Nov 07, 2010 at 08:46:26 pm     #  

haha! i know, right? so good

posted by upso on Nov 07, 2010 at 09:08:56 pm     #  

The blue cheese burger at Mac & Tong's is my favorite burger in town. They grill the bun with butter, I think. I've taken the advice here and ordered Mac's seafood surprise a couple of times. Always great.

posted by viola on Nov 09, 2010 at 05:59:20 pm     #  

Mrs. Hunky and I went to Mac and Tongs for the first time last night. I am not lying when I say that the steak I got there was one of the best I have ever ate. As I was eating it, I kept looking at the Mrs. and saying "I'm so happy right now, this is fantastic!" I was accused of having an affair with a steak, because of how much I raved about it.

The interior and atmoshpere was unique to say the least, personally I think it added to the experience. I would recommend this place to anyone.

posted by hunkytownsausage on Nov 12, 2011 at 03:10:11 pm     #  

Although I've never eaten there myself, Mac and Tong's is one of my dad's favorites, and he goes there regularly when he's in town. Because of his frequent travel, Pops has eaten in some of the best restaurants in the U.S. and Europe and he knows good food.

posted by shortysmom on Nov 12, 2011 at 04:30:06 pm     #  

hunkytown, you're right. the slightly weird atmosphere ads a lot to the experience.

glad you enjoyed your dinner!

posted by upso on Nov 12, 2011 at 04:54:24 pm     #  

i like to see mac at the bar. when i go i like to ask tong to make what ever she wants for dinner. they are very nice people.

posted by bobo on Nov 12, 2011 at 08:54:11 pm     #  

My birthday is Tuesday, and I've been trying to think of the perfect place for my birthday dinner. Sounds like Mac & Tong's would be perfect!

posted by gamegrrl on Nov 13, 2011 at 10:23:23 am     #  

Happy Birthday! The decor and clientele will make you feel like you're celebrating your 75th ;-)
The food's awesome!

posted by viola on Nov 13, 2011 at 01:31:41 pm     #  

Hopefully you were able to make it one last time UPSO!

posted by 6th_Floor on Jun 07, 2016 at 12:49:58 pm     #  

That is really sad to hear. I've had some fantastic meals there over the years. Now where am I going to go when I want to feel like I'm eating in a funeral parlor?

(But seriously, I loved the place, despite it's unusual decor and aroma)

posted by Johio83 on Jun 07, 2016 at 12:56:39 pm     #  

Sadly no, but I did update their website last night with the sad news. Sounds like the landlord is a real piece of work. Bummer. :(

posted by upso on Jun 07, 2016 at 12:57:14 pm     #  

I've always wondered what the story was with the place. If you don't know its there, you'd never find it. Why was it tucked in the back, like a service entrance? (And also, seriously, was it a funeral home at one point?)

posted by Johio83 on Jun 07, 2016 at 12:58:48 pm     #  

November 2006 Blade story

Some people may remember [Mac] from Our Place, a Reynolds Road restaurant where he held forth for several years before he and his wife, Tong, who rules the kitchen, decided to hang up their aprons.

A few months ago, they dived back into the restaurant business with their new place at the rear of the Ottawa Hills shopping center at West Central Avenue and Talmadge Road.

About 10 years as Mac + Tong's.

Their May 31, 2016 Facebook post

We are very sorry to announced ,we're closed Mac and Tong's today for good. I know we are going to miss you all,but things happen sometimes in an unexpected way. Big THANKS to you all !!!!

Your friend Mac and Tong

posted by jr on Jun 07, 2016 at 01:19:06 pm     #