by Don Radebaugh
Toledo has long been renowned for its options in restaurants. Quite possibly you’ve already discovered Pop Grille in Sylvania Township but, if by chance, you haven’t, it’s time you did.
My lasting impression was that I wanted to go back and do it again. The rustic, cool-vibe you get when you walk through the front door provides the perfect backdrop for a gathering with friends. If you favor a quieter setting with something closer to fine dining, then the Pop Grille has you covered there too.
You get the same delicious food no matter which mood you’re in. For the red meat lovers, the rib-eye steak I had was tender and reasonably priced. It was Retro Days during March when I checked in, which meant turning back the price tags to reflect 1980’s prices.
“Everything’s fresh…never frozen,” said owner/general manager Tom Parent. “Where else can you get one of the best steak dinners in town for under 15 bucks?”
Fresh, never frozen
Parent admits there were some growing pains since he first opened the doors in January of 2015. “As you’d expect with any start-up, we had to sort through some bumps, but we’ve got a great staff of people that make all the difference, and we’re always seeking to improve everything we do.”
He doesn’t need to improve his margaritas… they are the best I’ve tasted, anywhere. Parent mixes his own. “Come on out for Margarita Monday…$2.50 for a seven ounce margarita. They’re the best.”
You can often count on some of the best local live entertainment. Renowned local artists Johnny Rodriguez is often featured on Monday and Tuesday nights, with Don Coats and company Wednesdays and Thursdays, as well as many Fridays and Saturdays.
A range of dining options
For those in desire of a more elegant setting, the back dining room, beautifully restored, accommodates as many as 50 people for the finer dining, more intimate experience. With a flair for American food, the menu stretches from the very best New York Strip Steak to a Lamb Rack with their “signature glaze”. Or, choose a Tower of Chicken or the Grilled Chilean Sea Bass.
The combo menu is equally attractive with a variety of steak, chicken, shrimp, scallop and salmon choices or you can go with finger food including Pork Sliders, Lobster Roll or the Bulgogi Burger, thin-sliced marinated beef served with cheddar cheese, pineapple, arugula and onion topped with their signature tropical BBQ sauce.
Or choose from fish, kimchi or lobster tacos, smoked salmon wrap or one of the best gourmet burgers in town. (If a burger suits your style, try Tuesday nights when they’re just five dollars… no extra charge for live entertainment.)
For that sweet tooth, the Pop Grille’s got you covered with chocolate lava cake or salted caramel cheesecake.
And yes, there’s a full bar with a bartender that is adept at inventive cocktail creation. There’s also an impressive wine selection. In fact, I’ve not found a better deal in town for wine lovers, offering entire bottles of wine for $12 bucks, with an impressive variety. Two and three dollar beers are common prices all the time.
The Pop Grille is located on Holland Sylvania Road, just north of Central Avenue.
For more, visit popgrille.com or call 419-517-5310.