O-Deer Diner is so dear to owner Rick Ruffner’s heart that he created the name using the first initial of each member of his family. The diner serves a small menu of house-made soups, hot dogs, and sandwiches, but the place is best known for its premium soft-serve ice cream, which swirls into specialty sundaes beneath hot fudge, chopped candy bars, and whipped cream. Like any good neighborhood diner, O-Deer places great importance on community involvement: the eatery hosts Santa Claus and collects canned goods around the holidays, participates in parades, and supplies pitchforks to chase the town Frankenstein.
Vito's great pizza and subs has 16 locations We make great specialty pizzas. Try our award winning Sweet Baby Rays BBQ pizza, or the Pizza Pallooza award winning Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza, or our Tony Packo pizza. My favorite is the Mediterranean, which won the Miller lite pizza challenge.
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.
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.
The name Barry Bagels conceals the diversity of its menu. In addition to 16 bagel varieties, the staff churn out homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts, and coffee. The flagship Barry Bagels shop opened in Toledo in 1972 - the company celebrates its 40th anniversary on November 14th, 2012 - and now shares its oven-borne prowess with three other Toledo-area locations as well as one in Ann Arbor, MI.