1. what are your favorite local places to eat, and what are your favorite things to order?
Breakfast: Classic Cafe, Crnr. of McCord & Sylvania. Sylvania Diner, 5623 Alexis Rd. I generally have bacon and eggs.
Lunch: Rose Thai, Monroe & Nantucket. Pad thai, any kind of curry, tom yum soup. Rosie's Italian on McCord. Sausage sandwich, pasta, gazpacho or crab bisque are both excellent soups. Gourmet Garden on Monroe for Chinese food. Claddagh Irish Pub at The Mall. Lunch of any kind, whiskey, beer.
Dinner: Angelo's Northwood Villa. Lately I've been getting the house chicken salad, soup, wine.
2. what is it about your favorite places that make them your favorite? (atmosphere? service? etc...)
I go for the: Ambiance which must be quiet and restful for lunch or dinner. I prefer quiet at breakfast as well. The service has to be good. I won't tolerate bad service. The place must be clean and the food three star or better. Note that I refuse to exchange a quiet, congenial atmosphere for five star food - I'd sooner stay away.
The Northwood Villa has a dance floor and live music, and since MadJack and his Main Lady can still cut the rug with the best of them, this is the place for us.
3. what do you think is lacking in the toledo area dining scene? for example, we don't have any ethiopian or proper cuban restaurants in town. what would you like to see move to the city?
Toledo lacks a good dinner theater. The Westgate Dinner Theater (long since defunct) could get a little crowded but was otherwise excellent.
I'd like to see the Northwood Villa get a competitor for the music and dancing, maybe a red hot Latin club & restaurant combination.
Toledo lacks formal dining, which I enjoy. If Main Lady and I get dressed to the nines and go out, we invariably see a table full of riffraff, dressed in ball caps and sagging jeans. Invariably these cretins bring evidence of their fertility along with them, and the din these little sweethearts make rivals feeding time at the primate house.