Voted Best Local Theatre Group for two consecutive years by the readers of the Toledo City Paper, The Village Players Theatre engages audiences in its 48th season of intimate, immersive stage productions. Drama fans delight during True West, Sam Shepard’s celebrated examination of the duality of man and scruples among scribes. Like dangling a dripping porterhouse over the head of hungry actors, the juicy lead roles of True West have been relished for more than 30 years by famed thespians such as Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Malkovich, and Erik Estrada. Set in a side of California where the Beach Boys fear to tread, the tale pits Austin, a successful screenwriter, against Lee, his thieving ne’er-do-well brother, in a verbose battle of high stakes and grit. Loaded with leathery dialogue, singing subtext, and dismantled deus ex machinas, the Village Players’ production grips viewers like a gunfighter squeezing a fistful of dental epoxy.
For more than a century, the family-owned Barrow Greenhouse has been harvesting a bounty to pair with green-thumbed caretakers. Half a dozen family members join the friendly, knowledgeable staff, helping visitors navigate more than 200 varieties of potted annuals and perennials, more than 5,000 hanging baskets, and containers blossoming with floral mixes ready to brighten patios or add a warm ambiance to basement dungeons. The greenhouse grows 95% of the plants that they sell and invites guests to browse foliage year-round, letting them picking up mums in autumn, poinsettias in winter, and flowering bulbs to screw into lamps come springtime.
The Bear's Subs & Wing World's packed menu fills stomachs with fresh sub sandwiches, wings, salads, and smoothies. Sink inexplicably buoyant hunger pangs with a sub sandwich ($5.99 for a 6-inch, $7.99 for a 9-inch, and $9.99 for a 12-inch) such as the Grilled Yardbird Breast, a supergroup of grilled chicken breast and canadian bacon, or the Rocket sub, an enticing explosion of chicken tenders, turkey, canadian bacon, banana peppers, swiss cheese, and coleslaw. Seafood selections include the Perked Up Perch basket ($10.99) and the deep-fried shrimp basket ($12.99), made with a closely guarded secret batter known only to the chefs and their body doubles. The Bear's Subs & Wing World also dishes out delectable chicken wings ($6.99–$11.99), smoothies ($3.99–$5.50), and an all-you-can-eat-salad bar ($7.99).
Fatty's Diner offers up a variety of breakfast and lunch dishes for the hungry mouths of Toledo. Customers can start their mornings with donuts, huevos rancheros with homemade tortillas and from-scratch salsa, chicken and waffles, and biscuits and gravy. Lunch options include macaroni and cheese with bacon, sandwiches topped with fries, and half-pound burgers stuffed with cheese, all of which can be paired with hand-scooped shakes and malts.
With a multifarious menu, heated outdoor patio, and nightly entertainment, Maxwells Brew provides a dynamic atmosphere for caffeine and comestible consumption. Patrons can moisten their dried jugulars with a splash of macchiato espresso ($1.80–$2.25) or pacify monstrous hunger pangs with the Mediterranean combo, featuring stuffed grape leaves, hummus, tabbouleh, and pita bread ($6.35). After noshing on nourishments, guests can create tongue hula hoops and engagement rings out of puffs of flavored hookah from a Turkish pipe ($11).