Fresh Start Diner has hallmarks of an American diner such as all-day breakfast starting as early as 7 a.m. Within these traditional parameters, however, the culinary team puts its own spin on the classic diner menu. Into a 14-inch pancake, they stuff vanilla ice cream and fruit or chocolate filling. Ham, crab cakes, corned-beef hash, or portobello mushrooms crown plates of eggs benedict. At 10:30 a.m. the diner introduces its lunch menu, which includes caesar salads with special house dressing and turkey melts. Fresh Start serves pancakes, omelets, salads, and sandwich entrees and bread including gluten-free products from Mrs. P?s Gluten Free Bakery.
Famous Gyro George's food-slinging chefs follow the cooking instructions listed on a menu that has dishes for every meal of the day. Sate egg cravings with a big breakfast platter of two eggs, two big pancakes, and four pieces of sausage ($6.99), or partake in lunch-focused fare with a famous philly gyro, which collects grilled mushroom, onions, and swiss cheese and stores them in the welcoming folds of a homemade pita ($6.99). A double-cheeseburger-deluxe combo slams two hamburger patties with lettuce, onion, tomato, and cheese, and balances the plate with fresh-cut fries and a fountain drink ($5.99). Dine post-dusk at one of George's 24-hour restaurants, which are open 24 hours a day in honor of Mark McGwire's age in 1988. Click here to view each location's hours.
Michael Petrakis immigrated to America in 1972 from the island of Crete, where dining is an integral part of social life. In opening Michael's, Petrakis aimed to bring the community some of the warm hospitality of Crete, an attitude embodied in his annual Thanksgiving dinners. Every year since 1983, he and his wife Anna have solicited the help of their staff and a dozen volunteers to serve free holiday dinner to everyone who comes through their doors––an average of 1,400–2,000 meals.
The quaint dining room at Michael's relies on homey touches such as stained glass windows and dangling flower baskets. Illuminated by natural light from large picture windows, diner-style tables support dishes ranging from Greek gyros to pizzas and build-your-own pasta. Those dishes are the work of Dino Tsarnas, a veteran of Cleveland Grill. He brings skills acquired there to a selection of Greek appetizers. Between trips to the restaurant's salad bar, guests can sip a glass of wine or connect to the restaurant's free WiFi.
At Fred's Diner, breakfast is king. Kneel at the feet of the most important meal of the day with a selection from the diner's menu. The three pancakes ($5.99)—with choice of sausage, ham, or bacon—forge a feast from flattened flour, while a three-egg cheese omelette ($4.99, with additional ingredients $0.85 each) sidekicks its stuffed sustenance with home fries and toast. Enjoy bread-bookended breakfast bites with a two-egg sandwich ($4.29), topped with choice of ham, bacon, or sausage, or simply feast on an uncomplicated half-pound of bacon ($2.50) with coffee ($1) or cranberry-orange juice ($2). Lunch-lovers are also in luck at Fred's Diner, with a fallout shelter's worth of soups, salads, sandwiches, and more on tap. Spoon-survey a bowl of Fred's famous chicken dumpling soup ($3.29), tenderly embrace the tenders of the grilled chicken salad ($7.49), or digestively dissect a 6-ounce rib-eye steak ($7.99). Specialty sandwiches include the Cuy-a-Hoagy ($6.39), topped with hot roast beef, and the triple-tiered tastiness of the Diner's Club ($6.99).
Monroe Street Diner is a hub of belly-comforting cuisine and clock-themed ambiance, qualities that earned it the title of runner-up for Best Diner in the Toledo City Paper's 2010 reader survey. The restaurant’s walls are infested with more than 60 clocks, all donated by regular customers who enjoy recording their chewing times down to the second. Breakfast is served any time and includes a long list of omelets, such as the savory chili and cheese combo ($5.75). For lunch, a grilled-cheese sandwich ($3.25) or The Elvis—country-fried steak served with mashed potatoes, gravy, and veggies ($7.15)—keeps bodies happily filled with the strength to consume future lunches. Young diner aficionados can thrive on the restaurant’s kids’ menu, which fuels up-and-coming adults with meals such as spaghetti and garlic toast ($4.35) or a chocolate-chip pancake paired with two sausage links ($3). In accordance with the terms of the 28th Amendment, no item on the menu costs more than $9.
TV Deli Diner’s kitchen is busy every meal of the day—it serves heaps of pancakes for breakfast, hearty hot sandwiches for lunch, and sirloin steaks for dinner. In preparation, they bake their breads fresh daily and whip up all soups and sauces from scratch. Their specialty soup: the Reuben, which puts the bold flavor of the famous sandwich into liquid form so you can sneak it into the ballpark in a waterbottle.
Weekly specials include lobster bisque to special golden margaritas on Mondays. For dessert, you can savor scooped ice cream and baked pies, but the restaurant is best known for its gourmet apples during the holidays, a decadent treat dipped in caramel, chocolate, and nuts. The diner also offers catering and has gift certificates available.