Astronaut cooks have made numerous attempts to wrangle hamburgers into space-ready meals, from dehydrated-pickle discs to vacuum-sealed burger bottles. Enjoy what our starry-eyed brethren never can with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of burgers, sandwiches, salads, and more at Dale's Bar & Grill, located in historic uptown Maumee.
Since its founding in 1983, Magic Wok’s open-style kitchens have entertained onlookers and delighted taste buds with meals cooked-to-order in the establishment’s namesake pan. Founder Sutas Pipatjarasgit’s guiding principle–that all dishes must be freshly made–empowers diners to customize each menu item to their personal tastes, dropping disliked vegetables from stir fries or adding extra meat to hearty bowls of noodles. Seven locations around Ohio and one in southeastern Michigan make acquisition of Magic Wok’s fast, fresh fare an easy task for mall-goers, students at the University of Toledo, or hungry octopi with very long arms.
Blossoming from the original Pennywise, established in 1969, Expresso Car Wash now shoos dirt form begrimed automobiles at six convenient lube-and-detail facilities. Upholding a focus on swift service, mechanics perform quick 10-minute oil changes, towel off 12-minute full details, and scrub cloths on their eight-minute abs. As environmental stewards, the detailing staff carts off all used water to a water-treatment facility and uses fewer chemicals than home washings tend to.
Each vehicle's aesthetic and under-the-hood beauty gets continual boosts with additional services, including air-conditioner and timing-belt repair and transmission flushes. When they are not pampering autos, the Expresso staff lends philanthropic support to nonprofits, including local schools, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and teenage cars saving up for a new driver.
For more than 90 years, Red Wells has filled stomach vacancies with a streamlined menu of roast-beef recipes that date back three generations. Diners clasp fingers around a classic roast-beef sandwich ($4.59) or paint sauce murals on tongues with a barbecue-beef sandwich ($3.09). Forks sink like cement submarines into the bountiful roast-beef-and-mashed-potato dinner ($5.87), and belly growls turn to purrs after meeting the beef-and-noodle platter accompanied by a roll ($3.94). Built in 1836, Red Wells boasts historical significance as a former stagecoach stop and the current titleholder of Lucas County’s oldest commercial building. According to the eatery’s lore, Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant once visited the premises, but became disgruntled after realizing the restaurant’s root-beer floats ($4.39) hadn’t been invented yet.
The Murder Mystery Company's talented troupe of improv actors performs live-action murder mysteries at public and private events to sharpen guests' latent detective skills. Throughout the play, the cast drops hints and misdirects blame, inviting audience members to get involved in a web of intrigue and hilarity. Besides public dinner parties, murder mysteries can unfold during corporate events, team-building exercises, and birthday parties for aging Sherlock Holmes impersonators.
Over the course of its 176-year history, The Commercial Building has purportedly been a stop on the Underground Railroad, a route for bootleggers during Prohibition, and a watering hole for Abraham Lincoln, who prosecuted cases at the nearby courthouse. Situated on the first floor of the building, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Dégagé Jazz Café draws contemporary crowds with its combination of live music and French-inspired cuisine.
Chef Jacob Jacobsen, a Toledo native and French Culinary Institute grad, crafts seasonal menus inspired by French and New American cooking. Dishes range from salads with locally grown apples and pears to slow-braised baby-back ribs and wet-aged rib-eye steaks. Other entrees incorporate sustainable seafood, including wild, line-caught Atlantic king salmon and local walleye from Port Clinton Fisheries. Servers carry dishes to weathered wooden booths inside the club-like dining room or float them onto its outdoor patio via attached mini-parachutes.
Tropical Smoothie Café cools down overheated inner-beings with its all-natural smoothies—forged from real fruit and bursting at its sippable seams with energy. Plunge into a 24 ounce, low-fat fruit smoothie ($4.29), sweetened with your choice of turbinado sugar or Splenda. Flavors include the strawberry/banana/pineapple blend of Paradise Point, the blueberry/strawberry/banana oasis of Blue Lagoon, and the delicious dawnbreak of Sunny Day, which is packed with mango, banana, orange, and kiwi. If teeth start to grumble about having nothing to do, guests can chomp a satisfyingly solid slab of sustenance with one of Tropical's sandwiches, wraps, or salads. Tear into a sandwich ($6.79) such as the turkey guacamole, or gnaw on a grilled flatbread ($3.99) such as the Caribbean Luau, which is bedecked in chicken, mozzarella, pineapple, romaine, and Jamaican jerk sauce. Make amends with your mouth for last summer's exhausting gum-chewing marathon with the Paradise Combo ($9.99)—which throws down the gauntlet of appetizing with a smoothie of your choice and any toasted wrap, bistro sandwich, or gourmet salad plus chips or fruit.