Once in 2009, Mud Hens legend Mike Hessman famously played all nine positions in one game. A recent visit to Table Forty 4 – just a foul ball west of Fifth Third Field— harkens to Hessman’s unique feat by dependably executing all nine restaurant duties: good food, wide selection, reasonable prices, ideal location, usefulness, fast service, cleanliness, ambience and fun vibe.
Most valuable food
Table Forty 4 offers an American Fare menu with robust style. A more popular sandwich is the Gulf Grouper: blackened or fried fish filet with lettuce, tomato and red onion on a brioche bun. The combination popped, as did another popular recommendation: Black Angus meatloaf— two thick slices of chargrilled, hickory barbecue glazed meatloaf. The appetizer offerings appear comparable to other eateries, but that’s before these appetite-inducing selections are served. Chicken chunks come with a variety of sauce selections from sweet to Jamaican jerk along with chicken quesadilla, fried ravioli and potato cups. But there’s also buttermilk battered calamari and fire-roasted tomato bruschetta for varied dispositions. “It’s like bar food,” said Bob Perry, general manager. “But we like to think of it as better than bar food.”
Wide selection & reasonable prices
Table Forty 4 also does the burger equally well. Featured locally on 13abc, the peanut butter bacon burger became an overnight sensation with its cheddar cheese, bacon and crunchy peanut butter. Everyone who has tried it, according to our adept server, likes it. An expansive offering of sandwiches – Reuben, Latin-style pork tacos, chicken apricot, meatball and Italian-style beef and entrees offer further choices: Norwegian salmon with pineapple salsa, Jamaican jerk pork chops and classic spaghetti and meatballs. Table Forty 4’s spacious center bar offers domestics, imports and cocktails, with specials like $5 burgers on select nights, and happy hours that can run until midnight.
Ideal location & usefulness
Positioned near Fifth Third Field and Huntington Center, Table Forty 4 is an easy gathering spot before or after an event. But it’s also a short walk for office types or anyone downtown, with a “high volume lunch,” according to Perry. Parking is plentiful, and delivery lunch is available anywhere downtown if you call and make prior arrangements.
Fast service & cleanliness
Table Forty 4 staff is mindful of your valuable time and they’re on top of their game. Service was fast, which mean fresh food with 44 tables (hence, its name) – it has to be. If you haven’t been to downtown lately, come enjoy the surroundings with well-lit parking and an inviting atmosphere.
Ambience & fun vibe
The building has an interesting past. Once a pencil factory in 1910, the site was later used as a SWAT team training facility. A fun environment, where Entertainment District meets Warehouse District with sidewalk (covered) eating and the sounds of live music blend with a bustling Monroe Street.
11:00 am-10:00 pm Sunday-Thursday 11:00 am-11:00 pm Friday-Saturday 610 Monroe St. | Toledo 419-725-0044 | tablefortyfour.com
Table Forty 4 Fresh Cilantro Lime Slaw
- 1 head of cabbage
- 1 bundle of green onion chive (chopped)
- 3 bundles of cilantro (chopped)
- 3/4 cup of real lime juice
- About 2 cups coleslaw dressing
Chop cabbage to desired thickness. In large mixing bowl, add cabbage, cilantro and chives. Mix all ingredients, followed by lime juice and then add coleslaw dressing until it reaches your desired consistency.
Serve fresh, or refrigerate and enjoy.