Site Updates

January 29, 2015

Recent server changes have made some updates to the site necessary.

Knight of the Vine wine auction

February 28, 2012

In support of the Knight of the Vine wine auction, The Real Seafood Company will be closed to the public for one evening only after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13th.

Restaurant Week Toledo

February 02, 2012

Restaurant Week Toledo’s second year ends Saturday, February 2nd.

The New and Improving Toledo Menu

March 10, 2010

Toledo Menu has some new features I'm pretty excited about, with more on the way very soon.


When was first conceived and built, the primary focus was on Toledo-area restaurants. Building up the database of locations was more manageable because of this focus early on. However, it has always been kept in my mind to list events, tie that info together with the event venues, and show you what restaurants are near that event - this makes it easier to plan an evening out, for instance.

I'm pleased to say that the groundwork for this feature is now in place. Check out the Events section of the site to see what I mean.

Upcoming Events

The upcoming events section has been re-tooled. Registered members can now submit events for free (note: new entries will have to be approved), and whenever possible, we'll tie the event together with its venue. This helps us show restaurants and possibly other venues that are nearby and that you might be interested in.

More on the way

Toledo Menu has some great new features in the works that will make the site even better for our users, and provide new opportunities for businesses and advertisers to increase their reach and visibility.

Still in the works: enhanced restaurant/place listings and enhanced event listings, with bolder visual treatment, thumbnail icon/logo and photo galleries, and more. Contact us for info and pricing.

Please check back regularly, and if you haven't done so yet, please register for an account and start telling us about your favorite places!

Ten Ideas for New Year’s Eve Dining in Toledo, Ohio

December 11, 2009

With 2010 just around the corner, we decided to up our recommendation count from last year’s five to ten restaurants for New Year’s Eve in Toledo. If you plan on celebrating survival of another year and toasting to hopes for the next, the following places are known for having good food and dining experiences.

Again, as these restaurants are sure to be busy, please phone ahead for wait times or to make reservations. Here is the list, in no particular order:

Encore by J D Wesley - View Listing
Easily one of the most popular listings on Toledo Menu.
Georgio’s - View Listing | Our review
An elegant way to bring in the New Year.
Stella’s - View Listing
Great service, atmosphere, and food.
Poco Piatti - View Listing | Our review
A place to celebrate with your friends.
Avenue Bistro - View Listing
Real Seafood - View Listing
Tango’s - View Listing
Mancy’s Italian - View Listing
Cousino’s Steak House - View Listing
The Melting Pot - View Listing

What about your recommendations for New Year’s Eve dining in Toledo? Please share them in the comments!

Mongolians Are Invading Toledo! bd’s Mongolian Grill opening April 5, 2010

November 07, 2009

bd’s Mongolian Grill is coming to Franklin Park Mall in Toledo, April 2010.

UPDATE: bd’s Mongolian Grill is opening April 5th, 2010. View our listing here: bd’s Mongolian Grill, Toledo

For those not familiar with the Mongolian BBQ concept, the nearest Toledo-area restaurant in this style is Blue Pacific Grill in Perrysburg. Fill a bowl with your choice of fresh, raw ingredients (meat, vegetables, spices, and sauce), and then watch as the skillful cooks prepare your meal on a flat iron grill.

If you’d like to try bd’s take on the Mongolian BBQ before the Toledo location opens, the nearest one is in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Go outside and eat, Toledo!

May 26, 2009

With warm spring (and soon summer) weather upon us, sometimes there’s nothing better than sitting outdoors on a restaurant patio and enjoying a meal with friends, family, or co-workers. I’ve marked some of the restaurants listed on Toledo Menu with the tags “patio” and “outdoor” so you can find a great spot to get some fresh air and fresh food.

Our list is not comprehensive, so please let us know what your favorite outdoor spot in Toledo is in the comments below.

Upcoming Event: Glass City Beerfest

March 03, 2009

The 3rd Annual Glass City Beerfest is Friday, March 6, 2009, from 5-11pm at the Erie Street Market. The Erie Street Market is located at 237 S. Erie St.

From the website,


Include Twelve 3 oz.  Pours (tastes)
Additional Tastes:  $5 for 6 Pours
Food will be Sold Separately.


$25 In Advance, $30 At the Door, $20 for Military, Police and FireFighters

Call 419-724-BREW to buy tickets or visit your local Andersons store.

Cutting costs by cutting busboys

January 27, 2009

An interesting article from The Wall Street Journal regarding cutting labor costs in restaurants by cutting busboys, and how that’s affected perceptions of the dining experience. Bob Evans in Columbus, Ohio is mentioned in the article.

Five ideas for New Year’s Eve dining in Toledo, Ohio

December 29, 2008

UPDATE: See our 2009 New Year’s Eve Toledo dining list here.

Eating well is a great way to celebrate the past year and to have one last hurrah before starting in on those New Year’s resolutions. Here are a few of Toledo Menu’s recommendations for dining out on New Year’s Eve in Toledo, in no particular order. Please phone ahead for wait times or to make reservations, as these restaurants are sure to be busy.

Georgio’s - View Listing | Read our review
Rockwell’s - View Listing
Koto Buki - View Listing
Poco Piatti - View Listing
Mancy’s Italian - View Listing

Have your own dining recommendations for New Year’s Eve? Please share them in the comments below!

Look for our ad in the Buzz Book!

September 10, 2008


Currently is running an advertisement in the Buzz Book, which can be found at various places around town, such as Barry Bagels, Wildwood Athletic Club, Fort Meigs YMCA, Perrysburg Library, Maumee Library, Sylvania Library, Holland Library, Shamas Urban Retreat in Perrysburg and Sylvania, San Francisco Oven, Biaggi’s, Tea Tree Asian Bistro, Hudson Gallery, Space 237, Packer Creek Pottery, Grumpy’s, and many more locations in the greater Toledo area.

Be sure to look for our ad on page 63 of the September - December 2008 Buzz Book!

Visit for more information.

Working to make iPhone Friendly

August 01, 2008

I’ll be working to make more iPhone friendly soon. Be sure to keep an eye out for the changes!

[update 1]
Restaurant detail page map links will now open the Google Maps app on your iPhone, which makes getting directions from your current location much easier.

[update 2]
Added Apple iPhone/iPod Touch icon. Simply add to your iPhone/iPod Touch home screen to see the icon.

Find Restaurants in Toledo and Surrounding Area Using Tags

July 19, 2008

By using “folksonometric categories” (tagging), it’s simple for me to group restaurants by specific criteria, such as cuisine.

It also makes it easy to organize restaurants by what the region of the city or maybe a specific shopping center is called. For instance, The Docks has always been a popular dining desitination, and Levis Commons is becoming very popular as well. Here’s a quick list of a few of the groups I’ve created so far: is live!

April 21, 2008

I’m still adding restaurants and writing reviews, and the site is going to be a work in progress…indefinitely. But the site is live after many months of agonizing over pixels and colors and words.

There are many features in the works that I’ll be rolling out over the next several months. For instance, one of the goals is to make it possible for you to save your favorite restaurants into a convenient list. In the meantime, feel free to let me know what you think of the site.

Thanks for visiting My hope is that this will be a site you enjoy using and that your appreciation of Toledo’s diverse dining scene will increase even just a little bit more.