Dining Out: Restaurant Reviews

Fowl & Fodder—Healthy Dining, Locally Sourced

Everybody, it seems, makes healthy-eating resolutions this time of year. How well we fulfill those good intentions depends a good deal on how much we challenge our taste buds. Cottage cheese, while a wholesome choice, is about as exciting as, well, cottage cheese.

Tradition Tastes So Good at Sidon Lebanese Grille & Bakery

Ah, that pita. Deservedly a customer favorite, this pillowy treat arrives at your table hot and fresh from that stone oven, accompanied by a dish of seasoned olive oil. Losing yourself in this simple perfection, might make you forget that you still have an entrée coming!

Holy Cow! Smokey’s Heavenly BBQ

Just a brief trek over the High-Level Bridge from Downtown Toledo, Smokey’s Barbecue Roadhouse represents an East-side outpost hosting some of Toledo’s best barbecue. Couple the outstanding food with its fastidious service, and Smokey’s shines a paragon of barbecue excellence.

Sebastiano’s Italiano—Italian Classics with a Spin

The Sicilian-inspired restaurant snuggled into a strip mall across from the Stranahan Theatre has been a Toledo staple for more than 15 years—first under Sebastiano and Helene Caniglia, then for the last five years with Jonathan and Sarah Sagaser, at the helm.

Comfort Food With A Cuban Beat At Displaced Chef

It’s in a small corner of Perrysburg, but the Displaced Chef packs a big wallop of Latin flavor and hospitality.

Pocco Piatti: Small Plate — Big Flavor

The name of Poco Piatti, means “small plates” – providing with diners the perfect opportunity to share delicious appetizer-size portions around the table with family and friends; A refreshing and interactive way to enjoy a meal, instead of each diner selecting their own entrée, the “Big Plate” option is always available for those who want a more traditional experience.

The Cinnamon Stick—More Than Pie

Dining Out: The Cinnamon Stick offers choices other than pie.

Big City Taste: Manhattan’s Revitalizes Uptown Adams Street

Manhattan’s Pub and Cheer on Adams Street in Uptown opened in December, 2002 and recently celebrated its 15th anniversary. Toledo native, Zach Lahey, the restaurant’s owner and general manager explains, “For almost ten years, it was a major struggle to keep the doors open, to really find our place in the micro-neighborhood (Uptown) that we’re in.”

Glendale Garden Cafe Prepares For Move

Perhaps the oldest of all restaurant mantras is to treat your customers as if they were family. But for Candice and Mustafa Ilgin, spouses and owners of Toledo’s Glendale Garden Cafe, that philosophy extends beyond rhetoric and into action. For over two decades, they have hosted their customers like family— and, they explain, their clientele has reciprocated.

Grandkids Eat Free!

These local restaurants offer discounted or free meals for kids!

Steaking Their Claim: The Chop House Downtown

For diners looking to indulge in fine dining while consuming a robust plate, The Chop House is an ideal destination.

Sophisticated Dining with Rasa

Since opening in November, the character of Rasa Restaurant and Bar— located on Bancroft St., just off Ottawa Park— has revolved around a concepts. Local. Seasonal. Healthy. Community.

Tandoor: Quality cuisine a family affair

Decorative umbrellas hang from the ceiling at Tandoor Cuisine of India, providing the small dining area with a splash of color. They have no special cultural significance — except, of course, to Tandoor’s customers. “We took the umbrellas off for, I think, two days. And customers said, ‘Gasp! What have you done with the umbrellas?’

Dining Dynasty Saba’s Bistro 1705

When you think of Toledo restaurateurs, many names come to mind, but a constant among those in the hospitality industry are Bruce and Tracy Saba, now of Saba’s Bistro 1705 and TJ’s Catering.

QQ Kitchen, a Hidden Chinese Culinary Gem

In a city known for its food and diverse culture of flavors, more commonly accepted genres and tastes tend to fall by the wayside. While the Toledo area has Japanese, Russian, Hungarian, Irish and more, we sometimes take the more common Italian, Mexican, Chinese and American cuisine options for granted. With QQ Kitchen, open for