Burger Bar 419’s chefs beam with Toledo pride, boasting a menu built on meats from local butchers, produce from nearby farms, and praise from the Toledo Free Press. Rustic wooden tables and pumpkin-orange walls conjure a warm, comfortable atmosphere as hand-cut fries and homestyle mac 'n' cheese stuff bellies with recipes perfected at the owners’ family cookouts and Thanksgiving celebrations. In the kitchen, chefs fashion 15 specialty burgers from just-ground beef, topping the buffalo variety with bacon, blue cheese, hot sauce, and chips before loading it onto a round, tin plate. In addition to pouring Ohio-made draft beers, bartenders handcraft sodas and milkshakes that soothe throats after work presentations delivered entirely in falsetto.
As a backup quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bruce Gradkowski often has his hands full training and running drills. Whenever he gets a chance, though, he heads back to Toledo?where he first made his name as starting QB for the Toledo Rockets?to visit the restaurant he opened at the edge of campus. Echoing Gradkowski's love of his adopted hometown, the menu overflows with dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, such as the salmon filet, praised by the Toldeo Blade for its "light coating of salty parmesan cheese crust ? cooked perfectly and served with a compound butter that added to the richness of the dish."
St. Julian is Michigan’s oldest, largest and most awarded winery. This family-owned winery, founded by Mariano Meconi in 1921, is nestled in the picturesque fruit-growing region along the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Today, grandson, David Braganini, has adopted the family tradition of wine making.